Secretary McAleenan reacts to attacks on ICE facilities

Secretary McAleenan reacts to attacks on ICE facilities


STEVE: THAT’S RIGHT. WE’LL KEEP YOU POSTED. MEANTIME SHOTS FIRED AT THE I.C.E. FACILITY DOWN IN SAN ANTONIO. APPARENTLY, ACCORDING TO A LOCAL REPORT, LOCAL MEDIA AND THERE YOU CAN SEE THE BULLET HOLE, RIGHT THERE, IN THE WINDOW. IT IS UP A COUPLE FLOORS. IT HAPPENED THREE A.M. TUESDAY. WE UNDERSTAND THERE WERE NO INJURIES. THE FBI IS INVESTIGATING. THIS IS ANOTHER ATTACK ON AN I.C.E. FACILITY. I BELIEVE IT IS THE FOURTH IN THE LAST MONTH. PETE: LAST MONTH PROTESTERS BLOCKED THE ENTRANCE TO A I.C.E. HEADQUARTERS IN D.C. IN WASHINGTON, A MAN HURLED A MOLOTOV COCKTAIL AT AN I.C.E. BUILDING N AURORA, COLORADO, AMERICAN FLAG TOOK DOWN AND “BLUE LIVES MATTER” FLAG DEFACED THIS APPEARS TO BE ANTI-I.C.E. PATTERN. AINSLEY: LET’S BRING IN KEVIN MCALEENAN, THE ACTING DHS SECRETARY.>>GOOD MORNING, GOOD TO BE WITH YOU. AINSLEY: GOOD TO HAVE YOU ON. THE I.C.E. AGENTS IN SAN ANTONIO, THIS WAS NOT RANDOM. IT WAS VERY TARGETED, BECAUSE THE BUILDING HOUSES DIFFERENT OFFICES, THE BULLET WENT THROUGH THE I.C.E. WINDOW WHICH LOOKED IT WAS FIVE OR SIX FLOORS UP. WHAT DO YOU THINK? WHAT IS THE REACTION?>>DOES APPEAR TO BE TARGETED. THIS IS THE FOURTH INCIDENT OF VIOLENCE OR ISSUE AT AN I.C.E. FACILITY. OUR TOP PRIORITY IS THE SAFETY OF OUR MEN AND WOMEN WHO ARE OUT THERE PROTECTING AMERICAN COMMUNITIES. REALLY APPRECIATE THE QUICK RESPONSE OF THE FBI. THE STATE AND LOCALS WILL BE INVESTIGATING THIS. WE HAVE GOT TO FIND THIS PERPETRATOR. WE HAVE TO INSURE THIS CAN’T HAPPEN AGAIN. STEVE: ABSOLUTELY. THE I.C.E. FIELD OFFICE DIRECTOR DOWN THERE, DAN BIBLE, MR. MCALEENAN, HE BLAMED POLITICIANS, MEDIA OUTLETS, ACTIVISTS GROUP SHARING INFORMATION AND MISINFORMATION TO THE PUBLIC. WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THAT ASSESSMENT?>>I THINK THE ENVIRONMENT WHERE WE’RE DEMONIZING LAW ENFORCEMENT FOR DOING THEIR JOBS, ENFORCING THE LAWS ON THE BOOKS IS CONCERNING. IT CAN BE DANGEROUS. IT CAN RESULT PEOPLE TAKING ACTION NOT SUPPORTED BY THE FACTS THAT ARE NOT IN RESPONSE TO ANYTHING INAPPROPRIATE, THAT OUR MEN AND WOMEN OF I.C.E., REMOVAL OPERATIONS ARE DOING. I THINK WE HAVE GOT TO TONE THAT DOWN, ABSOLUTELY. STEVE: I.C.E. HAS BEEN DEMONIZED. WE’VE SEEN THAT A LOT IN THE LAST YEAR. BUT THESE GUYS, THE MEN AND WOMEN OF I.C.E. ARE SIMPLY DOING THEIR JOB. IF PEOPLE DON’T LIKE THE LAWS, LET’S CHANGE THE LAWS.>>THAT IS EXACTLY RIGHT. WE HAVE TO HAVE A BALANCED EPFORCEMENT PROCESS TO HAVE INTEGRITY IN THE IMMIGRATION SYSTEM. WE CAN’T DO EVERYTHING AT THE BORDER. EVEN THOUGH WE’RE MAKING PROGRESS WITH OUR INTERNATIONAL STRATEGY, THANK TO PRESIDENT TRUMP’S ENGAGEMENT WITH MEXICO, GUATEMALA, THE NEW PRESIDENT OF EL SALVADOR. EVEN THOUGH WE’RE MAKING PROGRESS WE SILL HAVE TO ENFORCE THE LAW IN THE INTERIOR. WE CAN’T HAVE BUSINESSES EXPLOITING UNDOCUMENTED WORKERS IN A ANTI-COMPETITIVE FASHION. WE HAVE TO HAVE BALANCE. PETE: CONGRESS HAS DONE ALMOST NOTHING TO ADDRESS THE CRISIS AT BORDER. STEVE: THEY TALKED A LOT BIT. PETE: TALKED A GREAT DEAL. PRESIDENT TRIED TO DECLARE EMERGENCY. TAPPED INTO OTHER FUNDS. DEPLOYMENT OF NATIONAL GUARD TROOPS AND THEIR OWN SOUTHERN BORDER. WE HEARD ABOUT THE SAFE THIRD COUNTRY AGREEMENTS HAVE BEEN SIGNED OR IN THE WORKS WITH NUMBER OF DIFFERENT COUNTRIES. YOU MENTIONED GUATEMALA. WHILE THE NEW PRESIDENT-ELECT WANTS TO REWRITE THE MIGRATION DEAL STRUCK WITH THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION WHAT IS HAPPENING THERE?>>SURE LET’S BREAK THAT DOWN, PETE. SEVERAL DIFFERENT COMPONENT TO THAT. I ANNOUNCED ON THURSDAY LAST WEEK DOWN IN YUMA WE ARE MAKING PROGRESS WITH OUR STRATEGY. THE INTERNATIONAL PEACE FIRST AND FOREMOST, MEXICO STEPPING UP TO DO MORE ENFORCEMENT ON THEIR SOUTHERN BORDER BETWEEN GUATEMALA. TRANSPORTATION ROUTE, HUMAN SMUGGERS ARE. BRINGING MIGRANTS TO THE BORDER. THEY ARE MAKING A PROGRESS. WE’VE SEEN A REDUCTION IN FLOWS. WITH GUATEMALA WE IMPLEMENTED, THERE ARE FIVE MORE MONTHS OF THIS ADMINISTRATION WITH GUATEMALA. WE ADMINISTERED AN AGGRESSIVE EFFORT AGAINST HUMAN SMUGGLERS. WITH DHS BOOTS ON THE GROUND, SIDE BY SIDE WITH GUATEMALA PARTNERS. WE SIGNED A COOPERATION AGREEMENT WHICH COULD REALLY CHANGE THE GAME. MAKE SURE WE’RE REBROKE TECHING PEOPLE NEED ASYLUM CLOSE TO HOME AS POSSIBLE. DENYING THE ACCESS TO EXPLOIT OUR LOOPHOLES IN THE LAW AT THE SAME TIME. THOSE EFFORTS ARE MAKING PROGRESS. 43% REDUCTION IF CROSSINGS SINCE MAY. WE’RE HOPING TO CONTINUE THE PROGRESS IN AUGUST. I WILL GO BACK TO CENTRAL AMERICA NEXT WEEK TO REBUILD THAT WITH GUATEMALA AND EL SALVADOR. TO ADDRESS THIS AS A REGIONAL EFFORT. AINSLEY: MR. SECRETARY, I WATCH YOU ON THE SUNDAY SHOWS, YOU GET RAKED OVER THE COALS, CONGRESS JUST WANTS SOUND BITE AND LEADERS THAT BLAST YOU, I ASK MYSELF EVERY SINGLE TIME, IS IT WORTH IT TO YOU? WHY DO YOU DO THE JOB?>>GOOD QUESTION, AINSLEY. THE MISSION IS COMPELLING. I THINK WE HAVE THE MOST COMPELLING MISSION IN LAW ENFORCEMENT TO PROTECT THE HOMELAND. IT IS AN HONOR TO SERVE IN THIS ROLE. THE SECOND THING THAT INSPIRES ME ARE OUR MEN AND WOMEN, BEING DOWN THERE ON THE BORDER MULTIPLE TIMES. ACTING SECRETARY. SEEING HOW HARD THEY’RE WORKING. WE GOT THEM SOME RELATIONSHIP. EMERGENCY SUPPLEMENTAL COMBINED WITH THE EMERGENCY STRATEGY CHANGED DYNAMIC. FIRST WEEK IN JUNE WE HAD 20,000 PEOPLE IN CUSTODY IN BORDER STATIONS. THEY’RE HAVING A DIFFICULT TIME MANAGING THAT OVERCROWDING. THIS MORNING WE HAVE 4,000. THEY’RE NOT STAYING WITH US VERY LONG. WE’RE REPATRIATE SINGLE ADULTS. THE CHILDREN ARE GOING TO A BETTER SITUATION WITH THE. THEY DESERVE OUR SUPPORT AND PROTECTION. STEVE: INDEED. MR. SECRETARY, THERE IS A LOT OF TALK ABOUT DOMESTIC TERRORISM LAST COUPLE WEEKS IN PARTICULAR. HOW IS THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY ADDRESSING THIS REAL CONCERN?>>ABSOLUTELY. IT HAS BEEN MY TOP PRIORITY SINCE BECOMING ACTING SECRETARY IN APRIL. I STOOD UP TO TARGETED VIOLENCE TERRORIST PREVENTION OFFICE IN MY FIRST WEEK. WE COMMISSIONED HOMELAND SECURITY ADVISE VERY COUNCIL TO HELP US STUDY DOMESTIC TERRORISM. ESPECIALLY WHITE SUPREMACIST EXTREMISM AND RACIALLY MOTIVATED VIOLENCE. I WAS IN JACKSON MISSISSIPPI YESTERDAY WITH THE HOMELAND SECURITY ADVISORY COUNCIL MEETING WITH MEMBERS OF CONGRESS, STATE AND LOCAL LEADERS, ATTACKS ON FAITH-BASED ORGANIZATIONS AND CHURCHES. HOW CAN WE ADDRESS THOSE BETTER AS A WHOLE IN THE COMMUNITY? FOR FOR DH THIS IS A MAJOR EFFORT. CYBERSECURITY, INFRASTRUCTURE SECURITY AGENCY, U.S. SECRET SERVICE, FEMA, FEDERAL PROTECTIVE SERVICE, ALL THOSE ENTITIES HELP EMPOWER STATE AND LOCAL COMMUNITY TO BE PREPARED TO DO ACTIVE SHOOTER AWARENESS TRAININGS. THE GRANTS WE SUPPLY SUPPORT LAW ENFORCEMENT IN ADDRESSING THESE KINDS OF CONCERNS. WE’RE A CLOSE PARTNER WITH THE FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION WITH THEIR LEAD INVESTIGATING, PREVENTING DOMESTIC TERRORISM. IT’S A MAJOR EFFORT FOR DHS. WE’RE EXPANDING IT. WE’LL INCREASINGLY BECOME MORE EFFECTIVE. IT’S A REAL ISSUE ALL OVER THE COUNTRY. STEVE: IT’S A REAL ISSUE, ARE YOU SEEING A RISE IN THE NUMBER OF INCIDENTS OR IS THIS SOMETHING, YOU KNOW, YOU’VE EXPERIENCED IN THE PAST BUT IT IS JUST BEING REPORTED DIFFERENTLY NOW?>>I THINK THERE IS A RISE IN THE NUMBER OF INCIDENTS. THE FBI DIRECTOR TESTIFIED LAST MONTH ABOUT 850 DOMESTIC TERRORISM INVESTIGATIONS ONGOING. A NUMBER OF WITH RACIALLY-MOTIVATED VIOLENT EXTREMIST IDEOLOGIES BEHIND THEM. WE HAVE TO GET OUT IN FRONT OF THAT, BOTH IN THE PREVENTION SIDE, IDENTIFYING INDIVIDUALS ON A PATHWAY TO VIOLENCE, THROUGH THE SECRET SERVICE, NATIONAL THREAT ASSESSMENT CENTER. WE TOLD STATE AND LOCAL COMMUNITIES, MENTAL HEALTH PROVIDERS, SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICERS, THOSE INDICATORS THEY NEED TO LOOK FOR TO IDENTIFY SOMEONE WHO IS ON A PATH TO VIOLENCE, INTERDICT, GET AN OFF-RAMP, SO THEY DON’T BECOME VIOLENT AND MOUNT AN ATTACK. THAT IS WHAT WE HAVE TO DO. SO THERE IS A CONCERN. THERE IS INCREASING ENVIRONMENT OF VIOLENCE IN TARGETED SENSE.

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