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Why Trump decided Nielsen wasn't tough enough on immigration

Why Trump decided Nielsen wasn't tough enough on immigration

On top of being too light on separating children from their families, Nielsen was reportedly forced out by the White House adviser Stephen Miller. Miller is now running DHS, and everyone knows it.

U.S. Secret Service Director Randolph "Tex" Alles was sacked Monday, and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Director Lee Cissna, DHS undersecretary for management Claire Grady and DHS general counsel John Mitnick are also leaving the administration.

The White House said earlier Monday that Alles "will be leaving shortly", while Trump announced Nielsen's exit in a tweet Sunday.

"I believe that what we have seen from Stephen Miller is vestiges of white nationalism", Abrams said. "He's firing all of Kelly's people". "... Will Close Southern Border If necessary ..."

"Trump is clearly ignoring all the women and children who are claiming asylum - he's obsessed with the pictures of the guys who look to him like UFC fighters", Noah observed.

The agency said Tuesday that it apprehended 92,607 people at the U.S. -Mexico border in March.

A senior administration official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said one option may be to give migrant families a choice of staying in long-term detention together while they await a court hearing or splitting up, an idea known as "binary choice". "Literally absent Congress and the courts, every option has been exhausted". And by the week's end, more than half of the DHS agency heads - leadership positions that come under the umbrella of DHS OR report to DHS Secretary - could be gone.

It's by design that Miller, architect of the Muslim ban, has survived throughout Trump's catastrophic presidency.

"He's been there obviously since January '16 so he's a known commodity", Lewandowski said.

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"That's one of the deepest concerns I have", she continued. Tell them we don't have the capacity, he said. "And he'll keep cycling through people until he finds an implementer of his cruel vision".

"I'm just not sure that it's something a different DHS secretary can do, rather than the White House making the decision", he said.

For immigrant advocates and 2020 Democratic contenders, Nielsen has been the face of cruelty- clashes with tear gas at the border, children taken from parents.

When Nielsen succeeded Kelly in December 2017, she led a shift toward more domestic-oriented policies, namely on the U.S. -Mexico border.

This makes sense, as even with the Trump administration's ever-revolving door, Miller is one of the few officials not related to Trump, who are racist and sycophantic enough to have stuck around since the very beginning.

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.

With the departure of Homeland Security Secretary Kristjen Nielsen, Trump now has a historically high number of acting Cabinet members, including her replacement Kevin McAleenan, acting Interior Secretary David Bernhardt and acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan.

"She leaves behind a troubled legacy at the Department of Homeland Security".

In that role, she has become the face of the Trump administration's anti-immigration policy, including the widely condemned practice of separating migrant children from their parents, as part of the administration's "zero tolerance" approach to illegal immigration, meant to deter families from leaving home in the hope of entering the United States.