Former top Homeland Security officials, including then-Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, reportedly blocked a Trump administration plan to arrest thousands of migrant parents and children in major U.S. cities shortly before their ouster, according to the Washington Post.
The Post, citing seven current and former DHS officials. reported that the Trump administration had planned to arrest thousands of parents and children in 10 major U.S. cities to deter further migrants.
The plan involved fast-tracking immigration court cases and expanding the government’s authority to deport migrants who did not show for their hearings.
The newspaper reports that the arrests of the no-shows would involve coordinated raids of the homes and neighborhoods of parents with children.
Nielsen and then-acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Ronald Vitiello put a stop to the plan, citing lack of preparation by ICE personnel and public relations concerns, according to the Post.