Trump broke the news Sunday that Nielsen would be leaving the administration after reports described the president growing increasingly frustrated with the situation at the border. President Trump has blamed her for the migrant surges at the border, even though his own policy of metering is partially responsible for the backlog. 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. Two children in USA detention died late past year and hundreds of families are still being separated. Trump has named Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan acting DHS secretary. Last week, he threatened to close the border with Mexico, and when forced to back down, he said he would impose tariffs on Mexican imports if they did nothing to prevent migrants from reaching the US.
Just over 53,000 of the people apprehended were parents and children traveling together, which the Border Patrol refers to as "family units".
During recent months, she has complained about the failure of other federal agencies to assist her department in coping with the swell of illegal immigrants.
At the same time, the moves may be meant to mask the fact that their strategy to ramp-up immigration enforcement has failed to reduce near-record numbers of asylum-seekers and families.
It's great that Nielsen is (finally) gone, but she was the tip of the iceberg, and there are much bigger problems out there... like Mr. Comb-Over himself.
It's hard not to have sympathy for outgoing Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen.
While Trump disputed any departmental upheaval, his outside allies launched a public campaign urging him to nominate former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach to replace Nielsen.
Commenting on her tenure, the ACLU tweeted Sunday: "From the family separation crisis she created and defended, to restricting immigrants' rights to seek asylum, to relentless and pointless efforts to build Trump's border wall, Nielsen's department served as the key to Trump's unconstitutional and anti-immigrant agenda of fear".
Who is Kirstjen Nielsen? Why has the chief of Homeland Security QUIT?
Two children in US detention died late a year ago and hundreds of families are still being separated . On Thursday, the United States president unexpectedly withdrew his nomination for the head of U.S.
The original policy called for the prosecution of individuals crossing the border illegally between ports of entry, which resulted in children being separated from their parents.
Both US and worldwide law prohibit the US from refusing entry to people who are in danger of prosecution in their home countries; both US statute and court settlements offer extra due-process protections to asylum seekers, children, and families.
However, the "zero tolerance" policy of apprehending and arresting adults arriving with children ensured that the families would be separated because children can not be detained in adult facilities.
Yes, welcome to the bleak world in which, despite sanctioning the so-called "zero tolerance" policy that separated more than 2,000 immigrant children from their parents a year ago, Nielsen still isn't considered one of the true immigration "hardliners" in the Trump administration, according to CNN. "Very happy with them", Trump said.
Trump declared that he was "the one that stopped it" and said his predecessor, President Barack Obama, was the one who had separated children from their families.
"I'm just not sure that it's something a different DHS secretary can do, rather than the White House making the decision", he said.