Obama Officials Deleted 100s of ICE Documents Hours Before Trump Took Office
Research conducted by the Sunlight Foundation reveals mass deletion
Obama officials deleted hundreds of documents containing speeches and statements on the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) just hours before Donald Trump took office, according to reports.
Explosive research conducted by the Sunlight Foundation, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization to create more government transparency, found that 190 transcripts of speeches on ICE’s website were reportedly deleted on Jan. 18 and late in the evening on Jan. 19, 2017.
The research group discovered the files contained information on how the Obama administration handled the crucial issues of immigration, such as the treatment of migrant detainees, sanctuary cities, and E-Verify.
“With a couple of clicks of a mouse, access to a federal government web resource containing 12 years of primary source materials on ICE’s history was lost,” the Sunlight Foundation reported.
Transcripts and speeches dating back to as far as 2004 were also purged.
“The removal of the ICE speeches collection represents the loss of a primary source history of the early days of ICE, dating back to its creation during the George W. Bush administration in 2003,” the Sunlight Foundation continued.
Former acting ICE director and Trump supporter, Thomas Homan, suffered the most because of the mass deletion.
Homan gave a presentation in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee on the issue of “Unaccompanied Minor Crisis," back in February 2016.
He described how the Obama administration was working with ICE to end the surge of illegal migrant children crossing the border.
But his entire speech was deleted.
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Homan also attacked cities that claimed “sanctuary” status for illegal aliens, insisting that they put “the public at risk.”
They were also deleted.
Homan has expressed support for Trump, especially with the plan to impose tariffs on Mexico if the country failed to clamp down on its illegal immigration problems.
“I agree with the president 100 percent, and I agree with the tariffs,” Homan said in an early June Fox appearance.
"As the former acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and someone who spent almost 34 years working in the immigration and law enforcement fields, I believe President Trump has been right on the immigration issue from the start."
"He is doing his job as president to protect our nation and our citizens. He is trying to keep his promise to the American people to enforce our immigration laws – a position that should draw bipartisan support, but draws only criticism from most elected Democrats," He told Fox News.
The question is, why would the information be deleted?
Some have speculated that the Obama White House did not want to help the Trump administration fight for stronger borders.
“It is not inconceivable that an outgoing Democratic administration might want to avoid preserving these public stances for future scrutiny,” the Foundation wrote.