Acting Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Kevin McAleenan has been accused by his colleagues of leaking information to foil illegal immigrant deportation attempts.
President Donald Trump announced last week that he would begin deporting illegal immigrants from the United States. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) was set to begin removing people in the country illegally, but the plan hit a snag when the Washington Post reported on the agency’s plan.
The Post listed the 10 cities the agency planned to hit and the number of illegal immigrants that were expected to be deported. The report sourced an anonymous official within the agency.
Now, a report from the Washington Examiner shows that many within the agency believe it was McAleenan himself who leaked the information.
One unnamed official told the Examiner that McAleenan had dragged his feet on the deportation operation “for months.”
“I know he has not approved of this operation for months. 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.”
An additional official confirmed to the Examiner that McAleenan “was not supportive” of the deportation plan “from day one.”
The officials claimed McAleenan was opposed to the deportation plan because he feared backlash from those who oppose deportations.
An official told the Examiner that the acting secretary “cares more about what liberals and ‘Never Trumpers’ in Congress and the media think of him the achieving the express mission of his department.”
While McAleenan’s guilt has not been confirmed, one official noted that whoever leaked the information knowingly put ICE agents at risk by leaking the plan.
“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,” an official told the Examiner.
Still, it isn’t clear who leaked the report.