President Donald Trump removed the director of the US Secret Service, the agency that provides protection for him and other top officials, on Monday, a day after the ouster of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen.
Nielsen, Trump's second Homeland Security secretary, was pushed out largely due to frustration over a recent spike in asylum-seeking Central American families and Trump's growing annoyance that she wouldn't take more aggressive steps. Remember, she was the face of the Trump administration's family separation policy, where kids were split from their parents and kept in cages. On Friday, while speaking to reporters, Trump repeated his call to "get rid of" immigration judges, after making the comment earlier in the week while at a meeting with the secretary general of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.
"Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen will be leaving her position, and I would like to thank her for her service", Trump tweeted. More leaders were likely to depart the agency in a shakeup orchestrated by the White House to address Trump's inability to stem border crossings. "They must have realized late last night how Trump incompetently botched the naming of her successor without having someone check the statute", Conway said.
Krikorian described a turf war between ICE and Border Patrol, and questioned whether McAleenan will be nominated to permanently lead the department.
Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley made both a public and private plea to the White House not to dismiss career homeland security officials. He then pulled his nomination of Ronald Vitiello, his pick to lead ICE, and reportedly forced the resignation of Kirstjen Nielsen, the most aggressive Homeland Security secretary in United States history.
A senior Trump administration official said the president's national security adviser, John Bolton, after a blowup with Nielsen late previous year, also recommended to Trump that she should go. For all of her immoral actions, Nielsen simply wasn't barbaric enough for this administration.
Senior Advisor to the President for Policy Stephen Miller talks to reporters about President Donald Trump's support for creating a "merit-based immigration system" in the James Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House August 2, 2017 in Washington, D.C. Trump reportedly told Miller recently that he is "in charge" of the administration's immigration policies.
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"Her letter said "effective April 7"-yesterday. And it, frankly, has to raise the question for anyone who's offered a Cabinet opportunity [from] President Trump, whether their reputation will survive".
"Nielsen will go down in history as presiding over an exceptionally cruel regime that separated families and violated human rights", Jayapal said.
The original policy called for the prosecution of individuals crossing the border illegally between ports of entry, which resulted in children being separated from their parents. Luckily, "now that she's out, Stephen Miller can go back to making people uncomfortable all by himself", Colbert said.
By Wednesday, Nielsen was at the border, overseeing efforts to keep asylum seekers in Mexico and preparing for the president's Friday visit to Calexico, California.
Standing outside her home in Alexandria, Virginia, on Monday, Nielsen sounded just as loyal to Trump as she had at the border. "(DHS) Headquarters is full of people who just aren't really super enthusiastic about the president's broad agenda on immigration".
The sources told CNN the president also wanted families separated even if they were apprehended within the USA, in order to deter other migrants from entering.