Wednesday, April 10, 2019
From Immigrants' List
On Monday, President Trump appointed Kevin McAleenan to take over as the acting head of the Department of Homeland Security. On key issues surrounding immigration -- like the wall and family separation -- discrepancies rapidly popped up between the former Commissioner’s rhetoric and his actions.
In an interview with the New York Times, McAleenan stated that “we’re a law-enforcement organization carrying out policy and law set by others.” This is a strong indicator that the new appointee was chosen because Trump thinks he can be relied on to further the implementation of bigoted policies.
Secretary McAleenan’s nature can be uncovered quickly when observing his contradictions on family separation, for example. He stated that “a better system would allow us to keep families together for the entirety of the immigration proceedings...”.
But his actions have been another story--he has kept families separated and will not stand up to Trump.
He even defended his use of tear gas at the border and went so far as to double down on justifying the persecution of the asylum seekers and undocumented immigrants, which was later reversed after it drew national criticism.
Kevin McAleenan is not compassionate when it comes to truly caring about immigrants. Immigrant’s List is not optimistic that he will bring reform becausehis cruel actions have repeatedly trumped his words, and we believe that the fight for reform under this administration is far from over.