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The Obama administration deleted hundreds of speeches and statements on the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) website just hours before President Donald Trump officially entered office, according to research released Tuesday.

A collection of 190 transcripts of speeches on ICE’s website was deleted on Jan. 18 and late in the evening on Jan. 19, 2017, according to research conducted by the Sunlight Foundation, a nonpartisan organization that advocates for government transparency. Statements made by high-ranking ICE officials regarding controversial immigration topics such as sanctuary cities, E-Verify, treatment of detainees, and other issues were included in the reported deletions.

“With a couple of clicks of a mouse, access to a federal government web resource containing 12 years of primary source materials on ICE’s history was lost,” the Sunlight Foundation wrote, noting that archived speeches dating back from 2004 were among those deleted.

Speeches from former acting ICE Director Thomas Homan, a public supporter of Trump’s immigration policies, were among those prominently included in the deletion list.

A February 2016 speech delivered to the Senate Judiciary Committee by Homan was among those removed. Then the executive associate director of Enforcement and Removal Operations, Homan spoke about the “Unaccompanied Minor Crisis,” telling lawmakers how the agency and the Obama White House were working to manage the surge of young illegal children reaching the southern border en masse.

In another example, a May 2016 transcript of Homan explaining why sanctuary jurisdictions put “the public at risk” was deleted, according to the Foundation. Other, less controversial, speeches were also included on the chopping block.

It is not yet clear why the Obama White House reportedly deleted these specific transcripts, and ICE did not respond to a request for comment from The Daily Caller News Foundation. While the Sunlight Foundation stated that outgoing administrations make routine changes to their websites, they also noted that some edits may be for “historical or political” purposes.

“It is not inconceivable that an outgoing Democratic administration might want to avoid preserving these public stances for future scrutiny,” the Foundation wrote. “The removal of the ICE speeches collection represents the loss of a primary source history of the early days of ICE, dating back to its creation during the George W. Bush administration in 2003.”

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17 Comments

17 Comments

  1. LST

    June 13, 2019 at 1:31 am

    Obummer is a nigger, what else can be expected? The bastard wasn’t even born in this country.

  2. Jan

    June 13, 2019 at 1:53 am

    I’m sure that even if these documents were deleted, there is somewhere they are still sitting. A private server, maybe??? But seriously, anyone who knows anything about computers and forensics KNOWS nothing is ever really deleted from a good technician.
    With all the time, effort and money that’s been spent trying to ruin President Trump, his family and colleagues, all would have been far better spent to investigate the Obozo administration and those who created/aided his actions.
    The collusion had been going on AT LEAST for 8 yrs before DJT won the Presidency.
    Time to have more investigation, this time with reputable and honest attorneys who will dig deep, exposing all the dirt from that time period and even before.
    The big thing is that Soros and the democrats are running scared they will be outed and then they will all pay the price. I can’t wait for the shit to hit the fan…and when it does, I hope it splatters and covers all the guilty parties.

    • JAIME.

      June 13, 2019 at 4:11 am

      RIGHT!

    • Jim

      June 13, 2019 at 7:03 am

      thats exactly why the democrats are keeping these baseless investigations going on President Trump to keep the sheeps eyes on trump instead of obama, if they ever investigated obama or hillary like they have Trump both would end up hanging from a tall tree with a short rope

      • FAST EDDIE

        June 13, 2019 at 8:21 am

        Diversion tactic, right on.

  3. Crystal Fenton

    June 13, 2019 at 3:43 am

    If they deleted stuff like this, what else have they deleted or hidden? I have a feeling it would boggle the mind!

  4. dicksen

    June 13, 2019 at 3:54 am

    There is something about this obumer girl….pay day is coming soon

  5. Paula Blissett

    June 13, 2019 at 5:54 am

    Jan you are so right!The shit is going to hit the fan! And when it does, Obummer and ALL his cronies are going down! Karma is coming, and she’s a ROYAL BITCH!

  6. mike dar

    June 13, 2019 at 6:01 am

    this is how the Left remakes history.. it destroys the records, the evidence.

  7. Paula Blissett

    June 13, 2019 at 6:06 am

    LST, I’M WITH YOU TOO! 100% Obummer and his he/she wife/husband isn’t innocent either with the Antics! He/She, was behind the Jessie Smolett farce, he was looking @ 48 years in prison, which he rightly deserved, he got away scott free, and cost the city of Chicago, hundreds of thousands of $’s, and put a Blacker mark on the already Very Crime Riddled Chicago!

  8. Nee

    June 13, 2019 at 7:14 am

    Obummer is an evil Muslim and attempted to destroy our country and way of life.
    Everyone knows why he was put in the top position, he’s a freaking liberal and black. Worst pres in the world.

  9. Pj

    June 13, 2019 at 8:57 am

    Thank Nancy Pelosi for letting Obama in the white house. She got his papers on his birth and background. She didn’t check any of the information to see if it was true. She sign off on them then the information was seal. Biggest scam on America by a Muslim traitor who hates America. Nancy Pelosi should be arrested for covering up this scam. All democrats need arresting for crimes against America.

  10. Guido

    June 13, 2019 at 10:01 am

    I love the Democrats saying they will go after the President after he is out of office, because no one is above the law. Obama is fair game after that.

  11. MarieAnna Dvorak

    June 13, 2019 at 10:45 am

    I think it has something to do with the New World Order movement to which he is one of the leaders and which was supposed to be processed secretly-Marxism in united world. However, their plan is falling apart.

  12. watchhman48

    June 13, 2019 at 11:14 am

    For certain, those that would delete or conceal public records are hiding something which is either shameful or illegal.

  13. RockyMtn1776

    June 13, 2019 at 12:07 pm

    I will say, Obama has been very good at covering his tracks. He had plenty if help doing it, both on an administrative level and with Executive Orders.
    Obama’s very first EO was done his first day as President, EO 12667 virtually closed all of his public records, school, SS #, everything.

    Then there was EO 13467, signed in June 2008 and mandated by Congress ( Pelosi & Reid) to be in effect of January 2009 just in time for Obama. This
    EO consolidate and reduced the number of people involved in administering security clearance. This made it easier and less obvious for Obama to surround himself with people who could see America secrets without having an FBI background check Which Obama never had to get.

    BOTH political party leaders were well aware of what was happening and neither did anything of merit to stop this. The Democrats are lawless because the Republicans are ball less !

  14. RogueOps Novels

    June 14, 2019 at 5:57 am

    “With a couple of clicks of a mouse, access to a federal government web resource containing 12 years of primary source materials on ICE’s history was lost,”

    That’s billsshit.
    Redundant copies of those files are in a number of databases. Besides, the “Internet is forever,” nothing is ever gone.

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