Kirsten Nielson Sworn In As DHS Secretary

Bush Bureaucrats Favored by John Kelly Now Running Homeland Security Under Trump

On December 5, 2017, Kirstjen Nielsen was confirmed as the new Secretary of Department of Homeland Security by the Senate on a bi-partisan 62-37 vote, with just 11 votes from the Senate minority for her confirmation.

Deputy White House Chief of Staff Kirstjen Nielsen has been confirmed by the U.S. Senate to oversee the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said that Nielsen understands the department's daily operations due to her previous experience and is ready to lead on her first day. "I look forward to continuing this Administration's work to raise the standards for the security of our homeland in all areas - including securing our borders, protecting Americans from terrorist threats, and securing our cyber networks".

Republicans have praised Nielsen, a cybersecurity expert and former Homeland Security official. Her confirmation Tuesday gives the White House a DHS chief well-versed in the politics and the policy goals of Trump's immigration enforcement agenda. Kelly left to become the Trump's chief of staff in July, and Elaine Duke has led the agency in an acting capacity. Ms. Nielsen will be charged with leading the department at a critical time. She served in the Transportation Security Administration during the George W. Bush administration and has also worked as a private-sector cybersecurity consultant.

Well, the Department of Homeland Security has a new secretary. In the meantime, Duke took over DHS.

Sen. Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), who voted against the nomination, cautioned that Nielsen "failed to demonstrate that she would provide the steady, experienced leadership - free from political interference from the White House - that the department needs".

Nielsen comes to the job largely on the power of his endorsement. Phone calls often go unreturned. However, this will be a major issue for the new DHS secretary to address.

"Under a rational bill these individuals would be able to become lawful permanent residents with a pathway to citizenship", a Reuters report said, quoting Dougherty.

Trump named Kelly to White House chief of staff in late July in a staff shake-up as he ousted former chief of staff Reince Priebus.

As we noted in that report, the Trump administration's actions left Original DACA recipients unaffected.

Trump pledged during his presidential campaign to build a U.S-Mexico border wall. However, Trump's recent statement indicates that instead of eliminating DACA, he merely wants to legitimize it by replacing Obama's executive orders with legislative authority.

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