Trump fumes at Homeland Security head over immigration

Trump fumes at Homeland Security head over immigration

Trump fumes at Homeland Security head over immigration

During the meeting, Trump blamed Nielsen for what he said was her failure to secure USA borders, the newspaper cited the officials as saying.

The president's eruption was witnessed by Cabinet members plus a number of senior White House officials - including counselor Kellyanne Conway, advisers Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, immigration adviser Stephen Miller and chief economic adviser Larry Kudlow. 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 USA government can do regarding border entries. Another report from Politico noted that Trump is growing increasingly frustrated with Nielsen, and the knives may be coming out for her. According to the Times, Mr. Trump berated Nielsen in front of the entire cabinet on Wednesday.

Nielsen "is hard at work today on the President's security-focused agenda and supporting the men and women of @DHSgov", he added.

What Trump didn't note when conveying those orders, however, was that the US has a domestic and worldwide legal obligation to process any immigrant who comes to its borders seeking asylum.

Nielsen said in a statement that Trump "is rightly frustrated" on border security issues.

Still, Nielsen drafted a resignation letter earlier this week but did not submit it, according to a source.

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White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, who pushed for Nielsen - his former deputy - to be DHS secretary, told reporters Friday that he expects her to stay on the job.

A Homeland Security spokesperson later denied the claims made in The Times's report: "The [New York Times] article alleging that the Secretary drafted a resignation letter yesterday and was close to resigning is false", spokesperson Tyler Houlton said.

"I share his frustration", Nielsen's statement said. "You'll be processed. We have asylum laws", Nielsen said during a congressional hearing. Hogan Gidley, a White House spokesman, did not respond to emails and phone calls seeking comment. For several weeks, Trump had advocated for the separation policy as a method to discourage border crossings, sources said to The Times.

"Border security is the most basic and necessary responsibility of a sovereign nation", she continued.

Trump has been a long critic of the current immigration system. A conviction for illegal entry carries a maximum penalty of six months in custody for first-time crossers, though they usually do far less time, and two years for repeat offenses.

Trump has pursued his crackdown on legal and illegal immigration since becoming president, promising to strengthen the nation's borders and to build a wall along the U.S. -Mexico border. Another person said the president was primarily focused on the Homeland Security Department because he viewed Nielsen as primarily responsible for keeping unauthorized people out of the country.

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