The head of the Border Patrol union accused Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan of sabotaging Trump’s recent plan to deport 2,000 illegal immigrants.
“Mr. McAleenan is responsible for the largest immigration crisis the United States has ever seen. His job performance has been completely unacceptable,” National Border Patrol Council (NBPC) President Brandon Judd said in an op-ed for Fox News on Monday.
McAleenan allegedly revealed sensitive information to The Washington Post about the ICE raid that was supposed to happen last weekend, but was postponed for two weeks when Trump gave Congress a two-week grace period to come to an agreement on the issue.
According to Judd, McAleenan purportedly “divulged the plan, the date, and the location to the Washington Post just prior to the operation’s start date,” after months of planning.
“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),” Judd continued.
A total of five Trump Administration officials told the Washington Examiner that McAleenan didn’t approve of the ICE raid and intentionally leaked the details.
One official who is familiar with the private discussions said, “I know he has not approved of this operation for months. The president wouldn’t leak that. ICE wouldn’t leak that. There are only a few people involved in these discussions … The only one who could have shared the details of those operations were Kevin,” according to the Washington Examiner.
Another unnamed official told the Washington Examiner, “It really jeopardized the safety of law enforcement officers — that’s the part that’s really detrimental.”
In his op-ed, Judd wrote that McAleenan is an “utter failure” and an opponent of Trump’s immigration plan. He described McAleenan as “anti-Trump” and that his “personal beliefs are rooted in liberal policy and philosophy.”
According to Judd, it was well known around the White House that McAleenan loathed Trump’s plan to deport thousands of illegal immigrants across the ten cities that have the biggest populations.
McAleenan reportedly donated frequently to Democratic causes and was a supporter of Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election. These donations are clear evidence of McAleenan’s political leanings and loyalties, Judd alleged.
“Prior to 2010, Mr. McAleenan donated large sums of money (comparatively speaking for a federal employee) to both the Democratic Party as well as Democratic candidates. According to the FEC records I’ve seen, he has never donated to the Republican Party or a Republican candidate,” Judd wrote.
According to Judd, McAleenan failed to meet the duties required of a public servant and he should be held accountable.