Published: Tue, April 09, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Stephen Colbert farewells former homeland security head Kirstjen Nielsen, kinda

Stephen Colbert farewells former homeland security head Kirstjen Nielsen, kinda

And Nielsen did not disagree. "Very happy with them", Trump said after the Mar-a-Lago incident. She returned to Washington afterward as Trump continued on a fundraising trip to California and Nevada.

Kirstjen Nielsen will step down as secretary of Homeland Security, President Donald Trump revealed on Sunday. "And of course, she will be taking his place".

"United States Secret Service director Randolph "Tex" Alles has done a great job at the agency over the last two years, and the President is thankful for his over 40 years of service to the country". She says Trump considered her as a possible replacement for FBI Director James Comey after he was sacked in 2017. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter.

It didn't help that Kelly had been critical of Trump in appearances since he left the White House - something Trump held against Nielsen. At that meeting, she resigned.

Yes, welcome to the bleak world in which, despite sanctioning the so-called "zero tolerance" policy that separated more than 2,000 immigrant children from their parents past year, Nielsen still isn't considered one of the true immigration "hardliners" in the Trump administration, according to CNN.

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.

Grady was the official standing in the way in December when the president wanted to oust Nielsen. The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Alles, a former Marine general, was recommended to the post by former White House chief of staff John Kelly.

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More than 2,700 children were separated from their families by the zero tolerance policy, the policy Nielsen oversaw as DHS secretary, according to Vox. It is unclear, however, if he will have much more of an effect on issues at the border.

Trump in recent weeks empowered his hard-line conservative aide Stephen Miller to lead the administration's border policies, CNN said.

President Donald Trump has been urging his staff for months to reinstate large-scale separation of migrant families crossing the border, according to USA media reports.

Nielsen blamed the media, members of Congress and advocacy groups for reports of families separated at the border, repeatedly saying there was no official policy separating children from their families at the border.

During the government shutdown over Trump's insistence for funding for a border wall, Nielsen's standing inside the White House appeared to rise.

The development comes after Trump threatened to close the U.S. -Mexico border. She walked into it prepared to resign, depending on what she heard. The people described mounting frustrations on both sides, with Trump exasperated at the situation at the border and Nielsen frustrated by White House actions she felt were counterproductive.

The flow of migrants at the southern border was surging.

However, the "zero tolerance" policy of apprehending and arresting adults arriving with children ensured that the families would be separated because children can not be detained in adult facilities.

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