Turmoil at the Border and Chaos in Top Immigration Agencies Lead to Leadership Changes; McAleenan’s Future in Jeopardy

  • With increasing turmoil in various immigration agencies, the Trump administration has made some leadership changes to better combat the border crisis.
  • There’s still much speculation about acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan’s future as allegations continue to swirl that he leaked information about planned immigration raids that ultimately got scrapped.
  • On Thursday, McAleenan announced that acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement Mark Morgan will move over to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).
  • Morgan is replacing former Commissioner John Sanders who stepped down last week. ICE Deputy Director Matthew Albence is expected to replace Morgan.
  • According to two top administration officials, “high-level discussions were underway with top administration and White House officials regarding McAleenan’s future in light of the accusations against him.”
  • Officials said it is unclear how much longer McAleenan will remain in his role, though McAleenan continues to deny that he leaked information about the immigration raids.
  • A source with knowledge said that McAleenan rode on a government plane with reporter Nick Miroff who published an article in the “Washington Post” about the planned raids.
  • McAleenan is said to have been opposed to the raid operation since the planning phase and had tried to get Morgan to ice the plan.
  • A senior administration official said this about McAleenan: “He’s lost the confidence and trust of both the workforce and his superiors, with no viable path to proceed with any confidence and credibility.”
  • According to reports, several immigration hawks and top Trump administration officials want McAleenan removed from his position.
  • National Border Patrol Council President Brandon wrote: “If this is true, then Mr. McAleenan was inexcusably willing to put the public at risk and law enforcement officers in harm’s way in order to further his own agenda, an agenda which has not aligned with that of President Trump from the day he was appointed to his previous position as Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).”

Reference Links

  • Fox: New leaders installed at top immigration agencies amid questions over DHS secretary’s future READ
  • KTVA: Turmoil inside DHS: Leaks, accusations and staff shuffle READ
  • The Hill: Mark Morgan named new acting chief of Customs and Border Protection READ
  • Daily Caller: Report: Trump Insiders Want DHS Chief To Step Down READ

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