Nielsen resigns as Homeland Security head – NO LOSS, just a symptom of White House incompetence


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❝ Kirstjen Nielsen, the homeland security secretary who has been the public face of some of the Trump administration’s most contentious policies, has resigned…

According to CBS News, which first reported the news of Nielsen’s impending resignation, her departure is yet another victory for Stephen Miller, the far-right senior adviser in the White House who has consistently steered the president in a hardline direction on immigration…

❝ Nielsen had a very rough ride as the fall guy for Trump’s hardline immigration policy. But given the controversial policies that she consistently championed, there were few expressions of sorrow for her on Sunday night.

A former DHS senior official, Juliette Kayyem, tweeted: “Nielsen is without an agency, and Administration – and public sympathy.”

One of the primary creeps who designed family separations as part of Border Patrol procedure Nielsen deserves little more than contempt. Her only beef with our fake president is that she feels his inhumane and bigoted policies can be made “legal” and that’s what she preferred to cover her participation.

6 thoughts on “Nielsen resigns as Homeland Security head – NO LOSS, just a symptom of White House incompetence

  1. Teflon Don says:

    President Trump announced on Twitter yesterday that Kevin McAleenan will be taking over as acting secretary of the Department of Homeland Security following the resignation of Kirstjen Nielsen on Sunday. https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/trump-circumvents-lawmakers-with-yet-another-interim-appointment There’s one problem with this: It’s illegal.
    Federal law explicitly excludes the application of the Federal Vacancies Reform Act to this situation [U.S. Code Title 6. DOMESTIC SECURITY Chapter 1. HOMELAND SECURITY ORGANIZATION Subchapter I. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY Section 113. Other officers https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/6/113 ] Under the law, the acting secretary of DHS should be Claire Grandy, the current undersecretary for management. If Trump is intent on having McAleenan serve, he’d first have to first fire Grandy – but that seems unlikely since he already got away with summarily appointing Matthew Whitaker as his acting attorney general.

  2. Felicia says:

    “Will Donald Trump Fire Claire Grady? By Law, Acting Deputy Secretary Is Next in Line to Replace Nielsen at DHS” (Newsweek 4/8/19) https://www.newsweek.com/donald-trump-claire-grady-kevin-mcaleenan-kirstjen-nielsen-immigration-dhs-1388558
    (April 3, 2019): “Chip Fulghum, deputy under secretary for management at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), will depart the agency this summer, according to statements from leaders of the House Homeland Security Committee issued today in connection with a subcommittee hearing to review the Trump administration’s FY2020 budget proposal for DHS’ Management Directorate.” https://www.meritalk.com/articles/dhs-under-secretary-fulghum-departing-this-summer/
    The current Deputy Under Secretary for Management (USM), Ms. Claire Grady, is also performing the duties of the Department’s number two official–the Deputy Secretary. DHS has been without a Deputy Secretary for a year now–and no nominee has been named for the position.
    During the subcommittee hearing, Rep. Bennie Thompson (,D-Miss), chairman of the full committee, hammered DHS in a written statement for its failure to deliver a required updated of its Quadrennial Homeland Security Review (QHSR). Thompson said the most recent QHSR was due in December 2017, and lamented that 15 months later, “the Trump administration has yet to supply Congress with its vision and priorities” for DHS. He quoted DHS as saying it expects to issue the report early in 2019, and that the document would help support DHS’ FY2020 budget request.
    “The Quadrennial Homeland Security Review (QHSR) is the Department of Homeland Security’s capstone strategy document, which is updated every four years as required by law. The report offers recommendations on long-term strategy and priorities for homeland security.” (DHS) https://www.dhs.gov/quadrennial-homeland-security-review

  3. Update says:

    Republican senators are warning President Donald Trump that he cannot legally appoint immigration hard-liner Ken Cuccinelli to lead the Department of Homeland Security after acting DHS Secretary Kevin McAleenan leaves his post.
    Trump announced almost three weeks ago that McAleenan would step down as acting secretary after serving just six months. He is scheduled to leave Thursday but the administration official said he would be willing to stay an additional week.
    The president has gone through four DHS secretaries in less than three years in part because he and his allies grew dissatisfied with officials they thought were not sufficiently committed to the president’s immigration agenda.
    The White House and DHS lawyers, however, are continuing to work on a controversial end run around a federal law that prohibits Cuccinelli from serving as an acting secretary. It would likely face an immediate court challenge as well as the ire of members of his own party. https://www.politico.com/news/2019/10/30/grassley-cuccinelli-homeland-security-department-061665
    See also “White House Finds Loophole in Search for Homeland Security Secretary” https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/29/us/politics/white-house-homeland-security.html

  4. Update says:

    “A federal judge in New York City on Saturday said Chad Wolf has not been acting lawfully as the chief of Homeland Security and that, as such, his suspension of protections for a class of migrants brought to the United States illegally as children is invalid.
    The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in June that the Trump administration wrongly tried to shut down protections under the Obama-era legislation known as DACA, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. On July 28, Wolf nonetheless suspended DACA pending review.
    “Based on the plain text of the operative order of succession,” Garaufis wrote in the Saturday ruling, “neither Mr. McAleenan nor, in turn, Mr. Wolf, possessed statutory authority to serve as Acting Secretary. Therefore the Wolf Memorandum was not an exercise of legal authority.”
    Homeland Security did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
    (11/11/19): “Kevin McAleenan out as acting Homeland Security chief : Trump said McAleenan “has done an outstanding job.” https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/white-house/kevin-mcaleenan-out-acting-homeland-security-chief-n1065331

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