The Daily Beast reports:
Acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan said Sunday that the “timing was unfortunate,” and last week’s Mississippi raid by U.S. immigration officials that resulted in 680 arrests probably should have been postponed.
On NBC’s Meet the Press, anchor Chuck Todd pressed McAleenan on whether there was any thought of postponing the raid, which took place just days after the El Paso mass shooting in which an accused shooter said he specifically targeted Mexicans due to a “Hispanic invasion.”
McAleenan said the raid had been part of a lengthy criminal investigation in the works for more than a year, and that he had been informed that it would be occurring last week.
WATCH: Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin McAleenan says the ICE operation “had been planned for over a year.”@DHSMcAleenan: “This is a criminal investigation … and ICE had to follow through on that. It was already planned and in motion.” pic.twitter.com/LuIAmrGfjr
— Meet the Press (@MeetThePress) August 11, 2019