Inside 12 days of turmoil that shook Homeland Security

Inside 12 days of turmoil that shook Homeland Security

Inside 12 days of turmoil that shook Homeland Security

As a health care professional, Underwood attempted to highlight whether or not Nielsen and DHS were aware of the longterm harm the policy could cause.

Customs and Border Protection chief Kevin McAleenan will then become acting secretary of DHS.

"Stephen Miller and the administration ran out of options, and resorted to eating their own", said Blain Rethmeier, who worked in President George W. Bush's White House with Nielsen.

"When even the most radical voices in the administration aren't radical enough for President Trump, you know he's completely lost touch with the American people", said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.

Trump eventually scrapped the idea - although he floated the idea of closing the entire US-Mexico border via Twitter soon after.

"When people know that they can come in, that they're just going to be processed and released into the U.S. for a court date sometime in the future - that creates a nonstop flow", said Scott. "It's important to hold her accountable for her failures, especially this most recent crisis at the 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.

Nielsen joined a surprisingly long list of White House aides who told Trump "no" when he asked them to do something that they believed was either illegal, politically perilous - or both.

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Sen. Susan Collins of ME said Tuesday having participated in creating the department more than a decade ago she knows "these are vital positions". But the episode launched a turbulent 12-day stretch that would lead to the eventual resignation of Nielsen, the potential dismissal of much of her agency's top leadership and the beginning of a new phase in which immigration hard-liners at the White House are determined to wield considerably more influence over Homeland Security.

"They are the intellectual basis for what the president wants to accomplish in immigration", Grassley said, after rumors circulated Monday that Director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Lee Cissna, another DHS senior official, is in danger of being dismissed.

Arrests along the southern border have increased sharply over the past few months. Following Trump's dumping of Vitiello, Trump reportedly "told Miller he would be in charge of handling all immigration and border affairs".

In the process, the president is creating massive unrest inside the country's third-largest agency, one with crucial obligations, ranging from domestic terror surveillance and prevention, to cybersecurity, to the Secret Service - even the Coast Guard.

Colorado-born Ms Nielsen has also overseen the huge swell in migrants trying to cross the border into America. "But ultimately she implemented them, whether she did it quickly or slowly", he said.

"It's time to do things a little differently", White House spokesman Hogan Gidley said on Fox News Channel.

If that was among the frustrations that drove Nielsen out of office, the White House should address it with her successor.

By the end of the week, 10 major leadership positions in the Trump administration - including some of the most critical in the government - are expected to be filled by individuals serving in an acting capacity. In addition to that, the laws covering the creation of DHS have some "order of succession" rules built into them which aren't applicable to the rest of the cabinet. "Something has to change", he said, "this is not a sustainable situation that we're now in".

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