Behind the homeland security shakeup: This prez demands results

Sherman Parsons
April 10, 2019

"I have determined that it is the right time for me to step aside", Nielsen wrote in her resignation letter.

Several top DHS jobs are either vacant or filled on an acting basis, including positions responsible for disaster response, immigration enforcement, finance, policy, and science and technology.

FILE - Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen addresses the media, after Hurricane Maria's devastation, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Dec. 19, 2017.

Ms Nielsen had not only aroused the ire of Mr Trump, but also Stephen Miller, the president's hardline immigration adviser.

At the same time, reports that the Trump team is reportedly eyeing a successor with an even more hard-line approach to immigration triggered alarm.

"I have agreed to stay on as Secretary through Wednesday, April 10th to assist with an orderly transition and ensure that key DHS missions are not impacted", she said. The White House has lashed out by demanding new leadership, although a new team is likely to face the same obstacles. He predicted White House officials will seek "something more stringent and tougher to try to make it more hard for [undocumented] migrants to access the asylum system".

I want this to follow her until the end. "Not tough enough?" Noah marveled. But the White House has shown little interest in those ideas because they conflict with its assessment that those seeking refuge are trying to cheat the system. "How are you going to get rid of the kids in cages woman for being 'too nice?' That's like firing a cat for not displaying its anus enough".

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Uhhh... WTF?! Blocking immigrants from claiming ASYLUM?

Krikorian does not believe shutting down the border will be back on the agenda any time soon, given that Trump "made the bluster" and then retreated. She returned to Washington immediately after the visit, while Trump continued on to California and Nevada.

On Late Night, Seth Meyers looked into the president's increasingly paranoid rhetoric about the southern border.

It was not immediately clear why Nielsen and Alles exited, US media widely attributed the shakeup to a push back from department officials in response to a White House drive to toughen border security. The government just said in court filings it would take up to two years to reunify all the children already separated from their families. "A one-year warning is such a lame threat - he's like a high school bully with no follow-through".

Nielsen's departure means a total of 15 of Trump's Cabinet-level appointees have left in the first three years of the Trump administration, according to Kathryn Dunn Tenpas, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution.

It comes as White House adviser Stephen Miller takes a more prominent role in implementing an immigration policy he has largely orchestrated behind the scenes since Trump took office. The administration is allowed to separate children under certain circumstances including the health and welfare of the child and a parent's criminal history; this is why children were separated under Obama. "Guess it's not surprising they're ignoring articles from the constitution - they're ignoring articles altogether". Think about it: We're all traumatized by Trump's tweets at 5 a.m. "If Shakespeare had worked for Trump, the line would've been, 'Be or not be, that is question'".

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