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President, Trump announced that he would delay ICE-raids for two weeks.
Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan is accused of leaking plans last week for a scheduled Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids, according to the expression of violent opposition and, allegedly, the order of top-officials to “stand down” operation.
A source familiar with the matter told Fox News that, if the operation was in the planning two weeks ago, McAleenan ordered ICE Deputy Director Mark Morgan, from the operation that was expected to target the 2000 families in up to 10 cities across the country. President Trump, however, ordered that Morgan planned how-to he announced abruptly on Saturday he was delaying the raids to see if the Congress could be a solution to the “asylum and the gap, the problems on the Southern border.”
TRUMP DELAYS OF THE PLANNED ICE RAIDS, TO SEE IF CONGRESS CAN SOLVE THE CRISIS BORDER
The source told Fox News that Homeland Security officials had been planning the RAID since April—before the former acting ICE Director Ron Vitiello of the departure from the administration in the midst of a DHS cast shake-up and McAleenan had been against the plans from the beginning.
“He is the one who said that did not want to go, that this process go forward,” the source, Fox News. “He has fought in this operation since its inception.”
On Friday, The Washington Post published a story with the explicit details of the planned raids, citing U.S. officials familiar with the operation. The story, written by Post-immigration reporter Nick Miroff said the raids would take place before dawn, in the big cities such as Houston, Chicago, Miami and Los Angeles. Miroff also reported that the planned raids would start on Sunday.
Tom Homann, the former head of ICE, first proposed in an interview that was on Saturday on “Fox & Friends”, the McAleenan behind, the story of how he accused the DHS Director of ICE operations.
“You’re the acting secretary of Homeland Security, resistance, what is the ICE that is trying to do,” Homann said. “He offers no support for this operation, and I’ll tell you what, if that is his position, then he is on the wrong side of this issue.”
He noted that the leaked story, “gave the location of the cities, the day, the officers from the beginning, how many goals” and added: “This leak — I know where the leak came from, I think we all know where the leak came from, the story only benefits a person in more danger.”
The source familiar with the matter also told Fox News that McAleenan traveled on a government plane to the border with Miroff, only 48 hours before the story was published.
“To have somebody within DHS leak this information, that would be the General public, as well as our officers in danger—this is one of the most noticeable leaks that I have ever seen in my life,” the source told Fox News, noting that “you can’t go forward with a operation, once everyone knows the time, the place, the details. ICE officers and other law enforcement would have been a authorities that they are directly in harm’s way.”
Sources told The Washington Examiner that McAleenan was behind the leak.
Representatives for DHS and ICE have not responded to Fox News ” request for comment on the allegations against McAleenan.
After the publication of the Post story, ICE said in a statement that “due to law enforcement sensitivities, and the safety of U.S. immigrants and Customs Enforcement staff, the Agency will provide specific details in relation to the enforcement operations.”
ICE has to say, however, that it is arresting to prioritize and remove these illegal immigrants” who pose a threat to national security, public safety and border protection.”
TRUMP DOUBLES DOWN ON EXPECTED ICE RAID IN THE MIDST OF PUSHBACK FROM THE LOCAL POLITICIANS
By Saturday morning, the President announced that the plan has been delayed by two weeks, Congress-Democrats and Republicans time to come to a bipartisan solution to the border crisis. Trump warned, however, that, if an agreement could not be reached, the deportations would begin.
The change of plans came after trump, earlier in the week, said that ICE would “begin the process of elimination of millions of illegal aliens, illegally in the United States.”
In the night on Sunday in an interview with Jeanine Pirro on Fox News’ “justice with judge Jeanine,” Morgan said, the shift of the raids “to give Congress another chance on a cross-party method, to really get together, pass this Supplement, so that we can with the enforcement of the rule of law, the positive effects of this crisis and the integrity of this system.”
He added: “I have the green light, everyone apply here in violation of Federal immigration law, I have the authority and the support to go after them, follow, and remove it.”
Fox News’ Adam Shaw contributed to this report.