Homeland Security officials say the department considered a proposal to arrest thousands of migrant families who had final deportation orders and remove them from the U.S. in a flashy show of force. According to two anonymous homeland security officials, the plan targeted families who had final deportation orders.
Homeland Security Officials said the idea was tabled as the Trump administration grappled with straining resources and a growing number of Central Americans crossing the border.
The idea was to arrest thousands in 10 different cities, but then Immigration and Customs Enforcement head Ron Vitiello halted it over concerns of public outrage. President Donald Trump on Tuesday said he had not heard anything about the proposal.