After President Donald Trump received much criticism for delaying Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids scheduled Sunday, the federal agency revealed the real reason was because of leaks to the media, which exposed major operation details that put the safety of police and Border Patrol agents at great risk.
ICE Acting Director Mark Morgan said the plans slated Sunday morning were called off due to government leaks that subsequently led the media to reveal key specifics about numerous stings.
"The media got ahold of some operational specifics, and they reported it,” Morgan told Fox News host Jeanine Pirro Saturday. “It's just egregious, and it puts the lives of the officers and agents at risk … It really jeopardized the safety of law enforcement officers ..."
Instead of putting blame on Trump for postponing the operation, he commended him for putting government personnel’s safety above meeting a deadline or saving face.
"The men and women at ICE are true American heroes,” Morgan added. “The president recognized that. He postponed it to protect them."
"[President Trump] wants to be able to show that he's done everything he possibly can to work with the Democrats and they still won't work with him. [Calling off the raids serves] almost a political purpose to try to send the message to voters that he's doing everything in his power – and [that] the real obstacle is [Senator Chuck] Schumer and [House Speaker Nancy] Pelosi."
"It seems pretty clear at this point that [Acting DHS Secretary Kevin McAleenan] leaked details of these operations – [and] not just general kind of things the president said on his tweet that there's going to be an effort coming up. It seems that McAleenan actually leaked specific locations where they were going to do this and when – and that made it basically impossible to do. It compromised the ability of ICE to do this operation."
Mark Krikorian, executive director
Center for Immigration Studies
(in an interview with OneNewsNow)
Setting things straight
Prior to Morgan’s clarification, America was led to believe that Republicans giving into pressure from Democrats – and their so-called “compassionate” stance on immigration enforcement – was the major reason behind the delay.
“President Donald Trump announced Saturday afternoon the ICE operation would be delayed two weeks, citing requests from Democrats,” TheBlaze reported. “It has since been reported that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) called him personally to request the government not move forward with the raids.”
Illegal aliens from coast to coast were to be apprehended by ICE agents and taken into custody for deportation after the president declared last week that immigrants living in America illegally would be sent back.
“The operation was originally slated to begin in the pre-dawn hours on Sunday – targeting thousands of illegal immigrants across 10 U.S. cities,” TheBlaze’s Chris Enloe informed.
The acting secretary of the United States Department of Homeland Security – who has made many of his pro-immigration/anti-deportation opinions public over recent months – is being exposed as the culprit behind the leaks.
“This week's big leak about a major Immigration and Customs Enforcement operation was orchestrated by acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan in an effort to sabotage the raids before they were scheduled to take place – according to three current and two former senior administration officials,” the Washington Examiner announced.“In a move he said was to placate Democrats, President Trump announced on Saturday that the nationwide immigration enforcement operation planned to start Sunday – aimed at migrant families who illegally remain in the country despite being denied asylum – was called off to give lawmakers two weeks to work on a plan to fix legal ‘loopholes’ he said have enticed migrants to come to the U.S.”
Each of the five officials attested that McAleenan’s resolution to go rogue and put a monkey wrench in the operation was the determining factor in the White House’s postponement of ICE’s sweep of illegals in 10 cities – including Miami, Houston and Los Angeles … which was first revealed on Friday by the left-leaning Washington Post.
“The sources said only a small number of people in the White House, ICE and DHS were even aware of the plan’s details – including which cities, the date and time, and who would be targeted,” the Washington Examiner’s Anna Giaritelli explained.“Two officials said the acting secretary – who was promoted internally in April – had fought for months during closed-door discussions with White House officials, the former acting ICE Director Ronald Vitiello and the new acting ICE Director Mark Morgan against the plan, which they noted was similar to one the Obama administration carried out in 2015.”
It was further revealed that McAleenan has voiced his opposition to ICE raids for some time.
“I know he has not approved of this operation for months,” an individual privy to the private discussions divulged via phone Saturday night, according to the Examiner. “The president wouldn’t leak that. ICE wouldn’t leak that. There’s only a few people involved in these discussions … The only one who could have shared the details of those operations were Kevin.”
This was corroborated by another official who was questioned about McAleenan being the leak’s source.
“That’s our belief,” a second official agreed. “The secretary was not supportive from day one.”
A motive behind the leak was also suggested.
“The first official said McAleenan may have leaked it so that he could ‘be the martyr’ in the face of anticipated blowback in the future,” Giaritelli recounted.
Another official confirmed DHS’s acting secretary allegiance to the left – concerning immigration issues.
“[McAleenan] cares more about what liberals and 'Never Trumpers' in Congress and the media think of him th[an] achieving the express mission of his department,” a third official claimed in a text message Saturday night, according to the Examiner. “[T]his will leave an un-erasable mark on his tenure.”
The officials expressed little doubt that McAleenan was the mole.
“Leaking the information would only have ‘benefitted one person’ who had knowledge of the plan, according to the first person, who added there was ‘no doubt in my mind’ McAleenan either told the Post himself or had a close comrade at DHS take care of it,” Giaritelli retold.
The aforementioned official concluded McAleenan was guilty.
“His hands were dirty,” the official assured, according to the Examiner.
More evidence abounds
McAleenan’s culpability is further corroborated by what appears to be more than circumstantial evidence in the days preceding the leak.
“McAleenan traveled with the author of the Post report, Nick Miroff, on a government plane down to the border on Wednesday,” Giaritelli noted. “DHS did not respond to a request for comment.”
The timing of the postponement was a clear indication that McAleenan was successful in stymying the Trump administration’s plan for ICE sweeps spanning the nation.
“Following the Post report Friday, ICE advised the White House not to go forward with the raids – in part because those who were the targets might have fled the locations Enforcement and Removal Operations officers had expected to find them,” Giaritelli added.
Sources contended that giving a heads-up to cities slated for raids was the major deterrent to going forward.
“Leaking the locations and details to stop the operation from happening not only harmed operational integrity, but it put the safety and well-being of his own officers in jeopardy,” the third official wrote, according to the D.C. daily.
It was argued that exposing such information is a blatant violation of departmental protocol and unnecessarily puts agents’ and officers’ lives at risk.
“That’s law enforcement sensitive information – you just don’t reveal that,” the second official told the Examiner. “It gets people hyped up. It gets the NGOs activated, and then anyone wearing a jacket with the ICE name on it is really chastised. Cities are coming out saying, ‘Here’s how you can protect yourself against it.’”
He added that the “worst” thing about the leak – especially if DHS’s leader was behind it – is the fact that it put the lives of officers and agents in extreme danger.
“It really jeopardized the safety of law enforcement officers – that’s the part that’s really detrimental,” the second official impressed.