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.

3 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

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