Nielsen Was Ousted After Challenging Plans for Mass Arrests

Written by on May 14, 2019

Before they were ousted, former Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and top immigration official Ronald Vitiello had challenged a secret administration plan to arrest thousands of migrant parents and children in U.S. cities, The Washington Post is reporting.

The newspaper attributed the information to seven current and former officials with the Department of Homeland Security. The administration’s plan had targeted 10 major U.S. cities, including New York, Los Angeles and Chicago.

According to the Post, the plan was designed as a show of force and to send the message that the U.S. was going to get tough.

It said the operation included fast-tracking immigration court cases and allowing the government to obtain deportation orders against those who did not show up for hearings.

Senior White House adviser Stephen Miller and Immigration and Customs Enforcement Deputy Director Matthew Albence were backing the plan, the Post reported. But Nielsen and Vitiello stopped it over their concerns about a lack of preparation by ICE agents and the risk of public outrage.

“There was concern that it was being hastily put together, would be ineffective and might actually backfire by misdirecting resources away from critical border emergency response operations,” one DHS official said.

Officials said the challenge to the plan by Nielsen and Vitiello was a factor in the decision by President Donald Trump to oust both of them.

However, a day after announcing she would leave Homeland Security, Nielsen vowed in April to support Trump’s goal of securing the nation’s border.

Source: NewsMax Politics

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