White House to purge Homeland Security after Kirstjen Nielsen resigns

White House to purge Homeland Security after Kirstjen Nielsen resigns

The abrupt resignation of President Donald Trump's third homeland security chief in two years gave no pleasure even to those who viewed her as an enabler - someone who never seemed eager enough for Trump to pursue harsh anti-immigrant policies, but did so anyway.

News accounts say Nielsen had no intention of quitting when she arrived at the White House on Sunday to meet with Trump, but that he was determined to ask for her resignation, which she submitted shortly after the meeting. As a health care professional, Underwood attempted to highlight whether or not Nielsen and DHS were aware of the longterm harm the policy could cause. Additional reports claimed Nielsen actually opposed the reinstatement of the family separation policy at the US-Mexico border.

US Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan speaks during a hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee on oversight of Customs and Border Protection's response to the smuggling of persons at the southern border, in Washington, on March 6, 2019. Underwood said "the next leader of the Department of Homeland Security should lead with American values, and I stand ready to work with him".

[W] ith almost 100,000 migrants apprehended by Border Patrol agents along the US-Mexico border in March, Trump is yet again ruminating angrily and obsessively over immigration, riffing in speeches about telling migrants "we're full" and "go back".

Krikorian described a turf war between ICE and Border Patrol, and questioned whether McAleenan will be nominated to permanently lead the department.

During recent months, she has complained about the failure of other federal agencies to assist her department in coping with the swell of illegal immigrants.

They felt that she had failed to protect the United States border and held her responsible for the sharp increase in migrants trying to enter the country from Latin America.

That's not to say Nielsen didn't enjoy fleeting moments of Trump's approval. White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said James Murray, a career Secret Service agent, will take over the Secret Service next month.

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Morgan said he doesn't believe the White House will resume family separations, but added that immediate action must be taken - even if it risks legal action.

Concerned legislators were also rallying Tuesday to defend Lee Francis Cissna, the director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, whose job was said to be in danger.

The senior Trump adviser's views on immigration are so strict that members of Miller's own family have spoken out against them, with his uncle, David Glosser, writing of his "dismay and increasing horror" at his nephew's role as the "architect of immigration policies that repudiate the very foundation of our family's life in this country", in an essay published by Politico. He refers to migrants as "vulnerable families" who need more humanitarian treatment, not as beefy dudes with tattoos trying to game the system, as Trump suggests. Later, she and the president visited part of a rebuilt barrier along the border.

And so it seems as if Nielsen's un-resignation was for the sole objective of allowing the president time to remove Grady so that Grady would never be acting secretary, all to make good on a legally misbegotten tweet sent on a Sunday night.

In January 2018, Nielsen testified before Congress that the DHS "did not have a policy of family separation" resulting in thousands of migrant children being removed from the guardianship of their parents.

Top Republicans in Congress expressed concern over vacancies at Homeland Security and cautioned Trump about more churn after the resignation of Nielsen. "But ultimately she implemented them, whether she did it quickly or slowly", he said.

It didn't help that Kelly had been critical of Trump in appearances since he left the White House - something Trump held against Nielsen.

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