Trump fires Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen

Elena Summers
April 10, 2019

The potential reinstatement one of the most divisive practices by Trump was just one aspect of the upheaval evident at the Department of Homeland Security this week following the resignation of Kirstjen Nielsen.

On Sunday, DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen was forced out after reportedly resisting a move by Trump to revive his family separation policy at the US southern border. 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.

Officials reportedly told NBC that McAleenan would consider a policy known as "binary choice", and would give migrant parents the option between being separated from their children, or bringing their children with them into long-term detention.

Chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro, responded by summarizing Nielsen's tenure at DHS as "championing President Trump's cruel anti-immigrant agenda" and McAleenan's appointment "deeply disturbing" given the CBP commissioner's actions at the border.

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. The migrant tally reached more than 100,000 in March, border officials said, the highest tally in 12 years.

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

The number of migrants arrested at the border has risen in recent months.

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. The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.


According to USA Today, Omar took to Twitter on Monday to voice her opinion on if Miller should have a say in regard to policy.

President Donald Trump has commenced a "purge" at the Department of Homeland Security by dismissing former secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and United States Secret Service director Randolph Alles.

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.

Children who cross the border alone are cared for by the Department of Health and Human Services, and most of the children are teenagers.

Nielsen had overseen Trump's "zero tolerance" family separation policy previous year and came under fire by Democrats for lying to Congress about the policy, as well as for withholding information on children who died in US custody. Luckily, "now that she's out, Stephen Miller can go back to making people uncomfortable all by himself", Colbert said. Tell them we don't have the capacity, he said. Or that John Bolton, Trump's national security adviser, had been pushing for Nielsen's ouster since last fall, telling Trump he didn't think her leadership or policies were effective.

"I believe that what we have seen from Stephen Miller is vestiges of white nationalism", Abrams said.

It's hard to watch, he added, because "Nielsen is leaving this White House with her reputation in tatters". There's no confirmed secretary, no deputy secretary, no head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, no formal head of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, no head of Customs and Border Protection once McAleenan moves over, and no head of the science and technology branch.

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