Trump unloads on DHS chief over immigration

14 May, 2018, 00:39 | Author: Diane Mills
  • DHS Ends Temporary Protected Status For Hondurans

At the meeting, both Nielsen and Attorney General Jeff Sessions tried in vain to explain to Donald Trump that the federal government can not completely shut down the border. The Times reported two of them said Nielsen had drafted a resignation letter but had not submitted it. DHS spokesperson Tyler Houlton said the Times reporting that Nielsen had drafted a resignation letter and was close to resigning is false. "The laws in this country for immigration and illegal immigration are absolutely awful".

Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen released a statement about the New York Times report that she was contemplating resigning her position after being "berated" by President Trump.

Nielsen, the Times reported, "told associates after the meeting that she should not continue in the job if the president did not view her as effective". But Trump has made little progress on building the wall, and a new report from Vox claimed that Trump failed to understand even basics about what the US government can do regarding border entries. "I share his frustration".

Donald Trump had grown angry in recent weeks for reports of a roughly 1,200-person "caravan" of asylum-seekers from Central America traveling toward the US border.

The secretary, he added, was "hard at work" Thursday "on the President's security-focused agenda and supporting the men and women of @DHSgov". Acting Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke did the same in November, according to the Washington Post, over White House chief of staff John Kelly reportedly pressuring her to end temporary protected status for undocumented Hondurans living in the United States. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to disclose private conversations.

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Trump's outburst was not only aimed at Nielsen, according to the Times, but the entire cabinet for not making enough progress in stopping illegal immigration and ensuring border security.

"We're going to get the wall".

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders was asked about the incident in Thursday's press briefing. "Give me some reinforcements, please", he urged the crowd, referring to Republicans in Congress who have balked at the billions of dollars he has requested for border security.

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions this week announced a new "zero-tolerance" policy toward people who enter the United States illegally that may cause more separations. In her written testimony for the Senate Judiciary Committee, Nielsen highlighted the need for asylum reform, and suggested that DHS "impose and enforce penalies for fraud" in credible fear interviews, the first step in the long, bureaucratic process of seeking asylum.

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