When Kevin McAleenan took over the role of acting Homeland Security Secretary in April of this year following the firing of Kirstjen Nielsen, the United States was at the height of its border crisis. Border apprehensions were skyrocketing. Criminal illegal immigrants were flooding across the border undetected. ICE apprehensions were stalled. McAleenan helped make strides in all of these areas, but he is now departing from the Trump administration to spend time with family.
….Congratulations Kevin, on a job well done! I will be announcing the new Acting Secretary next week. Many wonderful candidates!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 11, 2019
The news comes at a relatively quiet time for Homeland Security as border apprehensions have dipped considerably thanks to a combination of hot summer weather, policy changes, and an agreement President Trump made with Mexico to have them stop migrants before they make it across the U.S. southern border. But it’s also a time when migrants are expected to start making the trek from Central America through Mexico into the U.S. interior.
The President expects to announce a new acting Secretary in the coming weeks.
McAleenan had been accused of leaking information about ICE raids to the press in an effort to stop them in June, prompting an investigation the following month. He denied the accusations and nothing public was disclosed regarding the investigation. But this sudden departure brings into question whether he was involved in leaking or if his disagreements with the President over raids and deportations prompted his departure.
We almost certainly won’t find out.
McAleenan’s efforts were superior to his predecessor’s, but some say it still wasn’t enough. I tend to agree. Hopefully the next DHS Secretary will take all of the tasks of securing our nation, including ICE raids, more seriously.
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