There are many reports floating around about the recent ICE raids. President Trump announced that a large-scale sweep would begin soon, but no details were offered. Then, The Washington Post wrote about the planned raids, the cities where they would be conducted, and some 2,000 families that were targeted. The club that knew these details was very, very small. Someone leaked it to the press, and some are pointing fingers at Acting Department of Homeland Security Director Kevin McAleenan. He reportedly did it to sabotage the operation, one that was not well received by former DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen. It cost her her job.
Five sources spoke with Anna Giaritelli of The Washington Examiner. Besides McAleenan being accused of leaking, the DHS secretary was accused of caring more about what liberals and Never Trumpers thought of him than carrying out the duties of the agency. Not good, folks. Well, for a man who runs an agency tasked with securing our border, he’s donated for years to the one political party that’s made it known that enforcing immigration laws is not a priority: the Democratic Party. The president of the National Border Patrol Council says the acting DHS secretary should be considered anti-Trump. Giaritelli has more (via Washington Examiner):
Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan, who was accused of sabotaging the Trump administration's deportation operation because of a personal opposition to the plan, has given for years solely to Democratic causes, according to federal records.
Brandon Judd, president of the National Border Patrol Council, wrote in an op-ed Monday that the secretary and his wife's donations only to Democratic politicians and organizations over the past 12 years could explain why McAleenan allegedly leaked a nationwide Immigration and Customs Enforcement raid to the media last week, forcing the administration to cancel the extensive undertaking after months of planning.
"He has proven his political leanings in his actions, including his campaign contributions," Judd wrote in a Fox News op-ed. "By definition, Kevin McAleenan should be considered anti-Trump."
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi also said that she called Trump over the weekend to demand he halt the raids, which he did. Whatever the case, we need to get to the bottom of this story. With reports of deplorable conditions at these migrant camps trickling through the airwaves, and the reported resignation of Trump’s U.S. Customs and Border Protection chief, maybe another shakeup is coming at DHS over this leaked story.