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. Trump abandoned that policy previous year in the face of widespread public outrage, and it was subsequently struck down in court. Her timing, submitting her resignation after a Sunday meeting with the president, suggests she did not get what she wanted out of the conversation.
This time around, the debate involves the Department of Homeland Security-and the resignation/firing/un-resignation/ ¯\_ (ツ) _/¯ of Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen.
To be sure, many Trump aides do not have the years of experience typically associated with top White House officials, which may also affect their prospects. Nielsen's name will be added to the long list of those who have shuttled in and out of cabinet posts in the last two years.
In addition to urging the president to push out Nielsen, Miller, a long-time immigration hard-liner, is thought to have other administration officials in his sights.
Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley made both a public and private plea to the White House not to dismiss career homeland security officials. The article blames Miller for President Trump withdrawing Ronald Vitiello's nomination for the head of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency so that the administration could take ICE in a "tougher direction".
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Monday, outlets such as CNN and MSNBC, citing unnamed USA officials, claimed Nielsen endured open opposition from "border hardliners" such as National Security Adviser John Bolton and senior adviser Jared Kushner concerning immigration.
Nielsen may be just one of the people Miller has targeted for ousting. According to Politico, the White House adviser has been "telephoning mid-level officials at several federal departments and agencies to angrily demand that they do more to stem the flow of immigrants into the country, according to two people familiar with the calls", the outlet reported. By that night, murmurs were swirling that Vitiello's removal wasn't a one-off and that Miller was orchestrating a wholesale leadership overhaul of her department. She returned to Washington immediately after the visit, while Trump continued on to California and Nevada. NBC News Justice Correspondent Pete Williams said earlier today on MSNBC that this is the most disorganized the DHS has been since its creation in 2002. 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.
Blamed migrant child's death while in DHS custody on her family.. But I have been at the table when Secretary Nielsen and Vice President Pence have talked about these things, and said that they think that this is the best way to protect America. "(DHS) Headquarters is full of people who just aren't really super enthusiastic about the president's broad agenda on immigration". Further, her family said in December they had no qualms about how US officials treated she and her father once in USA custody.
"The president wants the problem solved and the crisis averted", Hogan Gidley, the White House principal deputy press secretary, said during a brief interview.