Democrats worry Trump will replace Nielsen with an immigration hard-liner

Democrats worry Trump will replace Nielsen with an immigration hard-liner

Kirstjen Nielsen, the Homeland Security secretary, submitted her resignation after meeting privately with Trump on Sunday, and the White House announced Monday that Randolph "Tex" Alles, the director of Secret Service, would be leaving his position "shortly".

Whatever her legacy may be in the near future, the fact remains that Nielsen continues to publicly support Trump's endeavors at the US' southern border with Mexico. Trump abandoned that policy past year in the face of widespread public outrage, and it was subsequently struck down in court.

Kirstjen Nielsen will step down as secretary of Homeland Security, President Donald Trump revealed on Sunday.

Nielsen, Meyers noted, will not leave the White House with much goodwill.

And while she may not have been aggressive enough for Trump, or Miller, Nielsen will forever remembered as the person who ran DHS during one of the darkest moments in USA history.

Her relationship with Mr Trump is said to have been hard, although in public she has been unwaveringly loyal to the administration.

Just over 53,000 of the people apprehended were parents and children traveling together, which the Border Patrol refers to as "family units".

The administration may also move to detain migrant children for longer than the 20 day maximum set by a court ruling, in order to set in motion a legal challenge that could overturn that limit, the official said.

Over the weekend, the administration withdrew the nomination of Ron Vitiello to lead Immigration and Customs Enforcement.




A senior administration official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said political appointees at the agency have failed to draft regulations and make other changes that could have prevented a surge of migrants seeking asylum along the U.S. -Mexico border.

For now, she is working to wind down her role with the department before a Wednesday exit, and evaluating options for the future.

For Trump and his closest aides - particularly Miller - the tough rhetoric is a red-meat handout to a base they see as critical to winning the White House again in 2020. Presumably, President Trump was relying upon the FVRA in naming McAleenan as acting secretary.

Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, said Tuesday that having participated in creating the department more than a decade ago, she knows "these are vital positions".

And it means that after Nielsen leaves her post later this week, three of the president's Cabinet members will be serving in an acting capacity. But I have been at the table when Secretary Nielsen and Vice President Pence have talked about these things, and said that they think that this is the best way to protect America.

Both US and global law prohibit the US from refusing entry to people who are in danger of prosecution in their home countries; both US statute and court settlements offer extra due-process protections to asylum seekers, children, and families.

But there's no doubt that the president is exasperated with the flood of immigrants at the border, tweeting on Monday: "Country is full!"

Officials recently said it could take two years to identify potentially thousands of children and parents separated at the border.

Nielsen had been picked for the top Homeland Security job at the urging of her predecessor, John Kelly, who left to become Trump's White House chief of staff. Trump had always been suspicious of her, in part because she'd worked for former President George W. Bush.

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