Before they were forced out in April, former Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and former Acting Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director Ronald Vitiello pushed back against the White House's secret plan to arrest thousands of migrant parents and children in 10 cities across the United States, several current and former Department of Homeland Security officials told The Washington Post. The operation involved fast-tracking immigration court cases, giving the government permission to instantly deport those who did not show up for their hearings, the Post reports. During coordinated raids, about 2,500 migrants would be arrested and then deported. Nielsen and Vitiello cautioned against the plan, concerned that ICE agents weren't prepared for such a task and that it would take resources from the border. Officials said that while Nielsen and Vitiello blocked the plan at the time, it is still being considered.
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