Conservatives push Kris Kobach for Homeland Security head

Saul Bowman
April 10, 2019

The personnel changes could further destabilize the USA domestic security agency as it tries to stem rising numbers of immigrants arriving at the border, many of them families fleeing violence and poverty in Central America. 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.

While Nielsen had doubts at times, she had dutifully carried out Trump's orders, taking ownership of his most divisive policies, including the family separations, and spending months trying to broker arrangements with Central American countries, including Mexico.

According to Trump, the head of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Kevin McAleenan - the country's law enforcement agency at the border and at ports of entry - will temporarily take charge of DHS as acting secretary, which would mean a change in leadership at CBP as well.

"Stephen Miller and the administration ran out of options, and resorted to eating their own", said Blain Rethmeier, who worked in President George W. Bush's White House with Nielsen. Underwood said "the next leader of the Department of Homeland Security should lead with American values, and I stand ready to work with him".

Asked by host Tucker Carlson what he would do first if he were put in charge, he said he would deploy thousands of FEMA trailers to border cities or military bases in Texas and Arizona and set up "processing centers" to handle asylum claims, and prevent those living in the USA illegally from sending remittances home to Mexico, among other ideas. Prominent evangelicals, including evangelist Franklin Graham, Samuel Rodriguez, and the Southern Baptist Convention, denounced the short-lived effort that separated children and parents once they crossed into the US. Kobach answered that the DHS is actually the "biggest impediment" to Trump's agenda, and that "leadership for the past two years has been unwilling to execute numerous president's plans".

"Stephen Miller is a white nationalist".

Both Nielsen and Alles were closely associated with former White House chief of staff John Kelly, who resigned a year ago after falling out of favor with Trump. Nielsen tweeted a copy of her resignation letter to at 7:02 p.m.


Top Republicans are expressing concern over vacancies at the Department of Homeland Security and cautioned President Donald Trump off more shake-ups after the resignation of Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen.

"They are the intellectual basis for what the president wants to accomplish in immigration", Grassley said, after rumors circulated Monday that Director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Lee Cissna, another DHS senior official, is in danger of being dismissed. She was long expected to be fired as Mr. Trump's dissatisfaction grew over an increase of migrants illegally entering the United States at the southwestern border. The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment. She moved to abandon long-standing regulations that dictate how long children are allowed to be held in immigration detention and was working to find space to detain all families who cross the border.

And there is absolutely no doubt that torture is the point of Trump's policy on the border.

"What about the man who's also really leading this for the White House, Steven Miller?" asked host Brooke Baldwin.

The department's acting No. 2 official, Claire Grady, could leave as soon as Tuesday afternoon, the source said.

Nielsen secured her role at DHS via her professional and personal proximity to John Kelly, recalled Vaughan. "We have a great, great Cabinet", the president said in January.

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