President Donald Trump plans to remove more top leaders of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), an official familiar with the matter said on Tuesday, as a senior administration official said agency leaders have not done enough to crack down on a surge in immigration. "With McAleenan's appointment, Trump now has an acting homeland security secretary, defense secretary, interior secretary and chief of staff", notes Axios. During her time as Homeland Security secretary, she oversaw widely condemned policies including the forcible separation of families and the caging of children at the southern border.
President Donald Trump, left, on stage with Republican gubernatorial candidate Secretary of State Kris Kobach, right, during a campaign rally at Kansas Expocentre on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018 in Topeka.
This time around, the debate involves the Department of Homeland Security-and the resignation/firing/un-resignation/ ¯\_ (ツ) _/¯ of Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen. 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.
Trump and Nielsen's relationship was never especially close.
That's despite the uphill battle Kobach would certainly face getting confirmed by the Senate.
"It's time to do things a little differently", White House spokesman Hogan Gidley said on Fox News Channel.
"There is a near-systematic purge happening at the nation's second-largest national security agency", one administration official said.
Miller is the Trump whisperer, and everything he tells the president feeds their white nationalist agenda. "But ultimately she implemented them, whether she did it quickly or slowly", he said.
"Her letter said "effective April 7"-yesterday". Luckily, "now that she's out, Stephen Miller can go back to making people uncomfortable all by himself", Colbert said. There she echoed Trump's comments on the situation at the border, though she ducked out of the room while Trump spoke.
At the same time, the moves may be meant to mask the fact that their strategy to ramp-up immigration enforcement has failed to reduce near-record numbers of asylum-seekers and families.
And then there's returning asylum seekers to Mexico and sometimes in their native countries. That includes reinstating family separations, a policy that previously prompted global outrage and could mean he would have to violate his own executive order and possibly run afoul of a federal judge overseeing reunifications. "I will continue to support all efforts to address the humanitarian and security crisis on the border".
Last Friday, the President visited Calexico, California, where he said, "We're full, our system's full, our country's full - can't come in!"
[W] ith almost 100,000 migrants apprehended by Border Patrol agents along the US-Mexico border in March, Trump is yet again ruminating angrily and obsessively over immigration, riffing in speeches about telling migrants "we're full" and "go back".
Trump declared that he was "the one that stopped it" and said his predecessor, President Barack Obama, was the one who had separated children from their families.