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Obama Admin Purged 12 Years Of ICE Speeches On Immigration Crisis Hours Before Trump Inauguration

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Hours before President Trump took office, the Obama administration scrambled to purge 12 years worth of transcripts spanning hundreds of speeches from the Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) website, according to the Daily Caller‘s Jason Hopkins.

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An Internet Archive Wayback Machine capture of the “Speeches and Testimonies” page from late in the evening of January 19, 2017. (via the Sunlight Foundation)

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. –Daily Caller

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,” wrote the Sunlight Foundation, adding that speeches dating back to 2004 were included in the purge.

The Caller notes that speeches from former acting ICE Director Thomas Homan were “prominently included in the deletion list,” including a February 2016 speech in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee in which Homan discussed that “Unaccompanied Minor Crisis,” which the Obama administration was grappling to manage at the southern border.

Another example cited by the Caller was a transcript from May 2016 in which Homan explained why sanctuary cities (and counties, and states) put “the public at risk,” according to the report.

The Sunlight Foundation offered the following commentary to explain the purge: “It is not inconceivable that an outgoing Democratic administration might want to avoid preserving these public stances for future scrutiny,” adding “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.”

via zerohedge

42 COMMENTS

    • Sorry . . . you must think the obamba Regime was “an honest government”, they did whatever they wanted while our sheepdog Republicans sat on the sidelines, afraid to challenge anything and bring on the ire of being called a Racist.

      The speeches are safely preserved in the Feds gigantic “vacuum cleaner” in Utah . . . the trick is getting them as Brennan and Clapper still have “their guys” running the show. 😊

      This “vacuum cleaner” preserves everything that is “internet” based and crosses the USA.
      https://www.wired.com/2012/03/ff-nsadatacenter/

    • It will never happen, Mr. Bell…The moles, slugs, perverts, commies, elites, thugs, and perverts who occupy the desks in the fancy, dull buildings in Washington, D.C. It gradually codified from the time of Jackson, Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt, and Truman the Dunce. Monied interests and “democratic socialist” (contradiction of terms) thinkers have led us to this point. WHY IS THE UNITED NATIONS STILL ON AMERICAN SOIL?

      • Democratic Socialism is the most successful system the world has ever seen. All 5 of the 5 highest standard of living countries are Socialist Democracy. Norway, Sweden, Netherlands, Finland, and a handful of others where things are so much better. USA 22nd in Democracy. USA 18th in civil liberties. Teddy Roosevelt was literally high on cocaine every day he was in office. That’s why he wanted to attack the world. Unfortunately the current Republican Party admires frothing at the mouth militarism, nationalism, and xenophobia. Probably why the elected Bush Jr and Trump both known cokeheads as president. Trying to bring that good old cocaine fueled rage back. Heil Fox News!

        • Wow talk about living in a bubble created by media and Dem leaders created by anti-America enemies, Communists money and influence. None of those countries are socialists. Not ONE. Let me take care of your lack of information. See you hear a talking point and run with it for years before you discover, you have been spewing propaganda, lies for who knows how long. How stupid and embarrassing that will be. Today is the day. All of those countries you stated have economies that are not Socialist, but are 100% Capitalism! And they are tiny countries but NOW are also having to cut back on their socialists SOCIAL programs because they are running out of money and they are not working as promised. Norway has half of the population as the state of Georgia. Sweden is smaller than Georgia. Plus they have vast natural resources supplementing their govt expenses and a low population. I thought libs were WOKE? LOL. Truth is they are the opposite, they are brainwashed and do not want the truth, the facts. They just want their way. Because they have been programmed like a cult, a cult who cannot think for themselves or dare question the leaders, the media propaganda because they will be excoriated by their own. Ask Trump. He was one. They loved him. Put him in movies, his own TV show, etc. But when he seen that they were no longer the party of values and common sense but becoming more and more and more un-American and Communist, anti-American and now are on pretty much everything since he took office, things they were for in Nov 2016, they are not against and vice-versa. They have no foundation, no principles, just whatever Trump is for, we are against. Even though last week we were for it too! I could go on educating and pulling out FACTS that Trump your talking points forever. Historical facts, statistical facts, facts of what the people are for and against instead of what the 94% liberal national present as being true which is exactly a repeat of whatever the Dem leaders say on every topic. Brainwashing and you and millions like you just eat it up like starving sheep with no brain. If you are 20 and are not a liberal, you have no heart. If you are 40 and are not a Conservative, you have no brain. I suspect you are young and brainwashed and cannot think for yourself. Probably in college or living at home with your folks. Sooner you get informed and WOKE, the less of your life you waste. Waste supporting a political party and ideology that is destroying everything it gets control of. Look at every big city they control and have for decades many of them. Look at ALL of their policies and programs that keep people on govt programs instead of making them prosperous. See keep them on the propgrams means keeping their votes because if you dont vote for them the programs will be taken away. I could go on and on and on. Dems are a scam in everything they do today. Everything! They have become 100% about politics and themselves. Not what is right and wrong. What is best. What works and does not work. They will sell our entire country to other countries to keep power and influence and control and get more wealthy themselves and let this nation be destroyed or severely weakened before they let an ounce of power go. Even against the will of the majority of the American people. They already have done that many times and are trying to do so now in many areas. Like the border. Like going against the President. Not for any other reason but for them to win in 2020 all they can. Like I said I could go on and on and on enlightening you and can provide an answer to any comeback or question you may have that supports all I have said and so much more I could say. But think for yourself. There are powers in control in this nation. They have a plan to takeover this nation. With FOREIGN influences and money. There are forces at work. To control the media, the Dem party, the education system. And will all of that, the American people are so smart, they still have to lie, cheat and steal to get elected. Let millions of illegals in to become Dem voters, let all the felons vote, let everyone without an ID vote, let dead people vote, etc, etc. Something wrong when your ideas and plans are not nearly enough. Imagine how many Dems would be elected without the media supporting pretty much every stance and attack against their opponents they have? Very few. Because they are wrong. On pretty much everything. Political. Not what is best. Not even close. Wise up. Kool-Aid

        • Are you living on another planet or in a time warp?! Trump on coke?!?!😂😂 that man wont drink alcohol, smoke tobacco or pot, do drugs of any kind… and is a constitutionalist, believes in sovereignty, is contracting for a stable economy, going after the deep state criminals, being first hand transparent, believes in Jesus, and absolutely loves his country so much he is the only president to lose money while in office and donates all of his entire paychecks to programs for our military veterans.
          The countries you listed are not socialist!
          As far as Bush Jr. is concerned, his Skull and Bones upbringing probably caused a lot of guilt and emotional damage, so doing drugs may have occurred.
          But I suggest you do some research before trying to look intelligent to those of us who are fact gatherers and loyal watchdogs of our republic.

  1. Someone saved them. Even though they would have gotten in trouble with the climate as it was, someone saved them and are too concerned to come out with them. Maybe, they need a strong reason that they went against presidential orders. We saw retention of public docs and communications regulations with Hillary’s emails. I am sure someone covered their own butt by doing what they were told to do but saving them first. Doing what you are told to do from one administration could get you in hot water with the next.

  2. The speeches and testimonies given as far back as 2004 (Bush Admin.) Given by U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement belong to The United States Government, not The Obama Administration. This is the same as Hillary bleach bitching her hard drive, taking a hammer to other devices, removing memory cards and they were under subpoena! This is becoming very contagious with the Democratic party. What laws have been broken? What the hell YOU going to do about it and when?
    If these events had taken place within The Republican Party? Sentencing would have already been carried out!

    • Hardly, if these things happened under Republicans it wouldn’t even be worth mentioning. Dick Cheney gave no bid contracts to Haliburton and made millions off a war he lied to get us in. Bush won against Gore after losing the vote and having his brother tamper with Florida recounts. Trump committed over 100 million dollars in tax fraud in New York alone. This is documented fact. Trump has paid over a million in fines for hiring illegals, then says a wall is top priority. With Republicans it doesn’t matter what you do, just what you say you believe. There is no self accountability.

      • Mark go kiss your mommy Hillary, you & liberals think your so smart… Fact check says your fools who believe lying is the only way…. F U Mark, leave America if you don’t like being free, we won’t miss your sorry excuse of a man calming Obama was a born in Hawaii, that s o b was born in Kenya…. Thank God he helped Trump win… Killary would have been 10 times worse than dumbo, who we know was dumb as they come… But stupid people elected that negro twice…. Mark Colgate your a dumbass, might be a retard even to think democrats are good…. They all hate Americans that don’t believe 100% of the lies they repeat on every liberal channel daily… Hey Mark go live in another country if you hate this one so much you commie bastard!

  3. It’s a felony too destroy government documents .but do you think the POS will be prosecuted for any and all crimes he and the demorat party has committed . It’s time that all the crooked SOB’s were thrown under the prison . They think the people are dumb like they dont know what obuttass and psycho hillary has done . They need their asses cooked .

  4. My best guess as to why he an his disgraced staff, destroying all evidence is his only hope of appearing to be the so -called most transparent administration ever is to destroy every shred of evidence that totally proves what a lying sack of muslim $#IT he truly is. His problem is, we remember the speeches he gave as Senator AND as President. He can shred everything everything EXCEPT OUR MEMORIES!

  5. FIGHTING DEMOCRAT COMMUNISM FOLKS. GOD’S INTERVENTION IS TRUMP. WHEN YOU HEAR THE COMMUNISTS SAY HE HURTS HIMSELF WITH HIS TWEETS THEY REALLY MEAN WE MUST STOP THE ONLY TRUTH LEFT ABOUT US FROM GETTING OUT. IT WILL TAKE THE PRESIDENT TWO MORE YEARS JUST TO GET THE TOP THREE LAYERS OF COMMUNISTS OUT OF ALL AGENCIES.

    WILL THE PRESIDENT INVITE THE THAI SOCCER TEAM TO THE WHITE HOUSE NOW THAT THE USA SOCCER TEAM IS ANTI AMERICAN. HE SHOULD ALSO INVITE THE CANADIAN BASKETBALL TEAM WHO IS MORE AMERICAN THAN THE GLUTEN STATE WARRIOS.
    EL TRUMPO TO PICK A NEW PRESS SECRETARY.
    BOSS PICK THE MOST LOYAL AND THE TOUGHEST. BE SURE THEY GET THEIR FLAME THROWER PERMIT.
    WHEN NBC AND CNN SHOW UP ASK ALL OTHER MEDIA OUTLETS TO LEAVE THE BUILDING. THEN THE PRESS SECRETARY PUTS ON A GAS MASK. TRUMP SINKS CNN. THE ONLY THING THESE IRANIAN DEMOCRATS UNDERSTAND IS A SWIFT KICK IN THE ARSE. SEIZE ONE IRANIAN TANKER FULL OF OIL AND DEMAND A SWAP FOR THE HOSTAGES THESE PIRATES HOLD. TIME TO APPEAL TO THE PERSIAN PEOPLE. BRING BACK THE SHAH AND BAN COSTUMES. GOD BLESS THE USA AND CHIK FIL-A. SPIRIT OF AMERICA PARTY RADIO SHOW ON YOU TUBE ABUTOM

    USS TRUMP SINKS COMMUNIST NEWS SHIP USSR CNN.THEY’RE GOING DOWN. NBC IS NEXT.

  6. TO THE POINT.. I KNOW OBAMA WAS THE MOST LIBERAL POTUS EVER TO SERVE BUT THE LIST OF ILLEGAL THINGS HE SANCTIONED GROWS AND GROWS.. PROSECUTE COMEY.. CLAPPER AND BRENNAN.. BARR LOOK INTO OBAMAS PAST ACTIONS AND YOU WONT BE ABLE TO JAIL HIM CUZ LIBS WOULD FREAK OUT.. BUT AT VERY LEAST STAIN HIS LIBERAL, BOWING TO HEADS OF STATE ASS AND MAKE HIM FADE AWAY .. DISGUSTING
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    • Obama wasn’t even liberal. He didn’t end the War on Drugs, he increased the military budget by 15% twice. He never gave the EPA any support. In his actions Obama was to the right of Trump. He just didn’t give belligerent speeches, which seems to be all it takes to gain trust from Conservatives. If any Fox News viewers actually looked at Trump’s record next to Obama’s, they would be calling Trump a Socialist and begging for Obama back. Only thing consistent in the Republican voters is a lack of information on issues.

      • Mark your negro Odumbo was without a doubt the worst thing to ever happen to America.. F U Mark, your a anti-America liberal who is to dumb & stupid to see anything that is fact, lies is all your party has going for it…. Repeat it a million times… News flash… It’s still a lie… OBUMMER, Killary, Comey, Lynch, Holder, Brennan, are a few of the people who should be tried, hung till dead…. We could add you to that list too if you like Mark I’m2stupid Colgate

  7. Add this to the long list of criminal behavior led by obama and his henchmen.
    Three days ago, creepy uncle joe didn’t mention he was asleep the whole time, but again claimed “Know what I was most proud of? For eight years, there wasn’t one single hint of a scandal or a lie. ”
    That fib has been mentioned by the regulars who stay on their knees at cnn as well
    Let’s see… there’s Benghazi, Fast n Furious, the IRS targeting scandal, black panther voting scandal, americorps scandal, solyndra scandal, the iran big bucks ransom, and of course, the Trump spying scandal.
    – Did I forget any ? 😉

  8. So, the Democrats were all concerned about the border and public safety………..then but not so much now. Don’t need much more evidence that they don’t really give a sh_t about the American public. Only oppose what ever the Republicans are trying to do. They don’t even realize that they are degrading their own political party and don’t care.

  9. All Demon-rats are followers of Hell’s domain.
    Obama will go down in history as the worst president ever.
    Destroy history, so the next generation will be easier to control.
    Ordinary patriots have a hard time digesting why anyone would want to destroy their descendant’s futures; but Demon-rats have no problems with those notions. Herd the sheep . . .

    Bring Sodom and Gomorrah to America! Put perverts in the schools, lower the age of consent, have sex in the streets, make drugs legal, open the borders, everything is free, free, free . . . give America to her enemies!

    Destroy the past. Erase the past. Cover up the past. Future generations are doomed to repeat it.

  10. Hmmm… I heard it was 192 documents. The documents reside on other servers and thus not an issue. I am much more concerned about official meetings taking place and the notes being seized and no official record of the conversations… as with the sitting president and foreign leaders. From what I’ve seen the sitting administration … including the sitting president (aka Pinocchio) violate the law and the US Constitution on a regular basis. VOTE BLUE and end the LIES.

    • Were you always an ass or is it that you have a bad case of TDS? Nobody but the ahole jackasses will vote democrat. All that vote for the democrat jackass candidates should wear a D on their forehead so the rest of us know who are the anti-American assholes.

  11. If this is true, there has to be backups like everything and everyone else has unless they somehow got to those. I can only imagine what else Obama wanted to hide since he and everyone else thought Hilary had it in the bag. No wonder Dems hate Trump so bad, they were all caught by surprise and had to scramble to hide everything they left out and must have been in a panic. Too bad for them they were not able to hide their tracks well enough and now have Barr and company gunning for them. Americans want justice and heads had better roll.

  12. Judging from over 2 years’ revelations, I have no doubt the Obama Admin is evil but they seem to have covered most of their tracks. Now as more revelations pop up, how credible are these?

  13. I would think that whoever gave those speeches would have a copy of them…..as well as the dept that gave the speech. It is nearly impossible to delete every single speech. They can only delete it from the location that the speech was stored in. RIGHT? I went to homeland security and found copies of some of those exact speeches on line in their website.

  14. Let the charges begin. Barry Soetoro (aka Obama) must be held accountable for the many traitorous and even treasonous acts he committed! This is just one example. He is not above the law as many on the Left keep saying about President Trump, who has committed no such crimes.

  15. ^^^^here is a liberal idiot. Get a good look at it, learn it characteristics of a liberal idiot:
    Without a shred of proof, claims that Trump does coke, ( that would have been Franklin Delano Roosvelt…FDR, who also is the only president to serve three terms. He used cocaine, when it was legal, due to his severe allergies), got it ?
    Without any shred of proof, claims that socialism is alive and well in europe.
    It has been tried, and discarded by Sweden, who, actually tax the poor more, for the services they use. Sweden is a capitolist society, sir. There are enty of people from Sweden who will explain this to you on youtube, why? Because the Swedish were incensed when Bernie made that dumbshit claim, so, they made videos…so you could actually hear from REAL Swedish…ya!
    Democrats are encouraging more illegals, because, they are the only group who vote for the party that gives shit away to buy a vote. Ever heard of “Project Veritas”? Yea, video proof of what i say. You, mr. Colgate, need to brush up on reality….because you just proved how much of a sheep you really are…..get that wool cut out of your eyes.

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