Präsident Donald Trump begründete den Abgang McAleenans auf Twitter damit, dass es den 48-Jährigen nach vielen Jahren in der Regierung in die Privatwirtschaft ziehe und er künftig auch mehr Zeit mit seiner Familie verbringen wolle. McAleenan habe als amtierender Heimatschutzminister „einen herausragenden Job gemacht“.
He was also asked several times about a secret Facebook group of current and former Border Patrol agents that contained more than 10,000 members and included posts mocking migrants and the deaths of children in custody and suggesting harm to Democratic lawmakers. After the group’s existence was revealed by a ProPublica report, McAleenan announced DHS was investigating the „disturbing“ and „inexcusable“ posts.
The hearing came a week after the committee released findings of an analysis of the more than 2,600 migrant children separated from their parents last year under the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy, which has since been suspended. Democrats grilled Mr. McAleenan over the rollout of the policy, as well as over the discovery of a secret Facebook group for Border Patrol agents that included offensive messages, including obscene images of members of Congress.