Monday, 11 December, 2017

Senate Approves Trump's Homeland Security Pick

Nielsen nom 59ef666bbeed7 The U.S. Senate on Tuesday confirmed Kirstjen Nielsen as homeland security secretary in a 62-37 vote
Howard Terry | 07 December, 2017, 01:27

The Senate on Tuesday confirmed Trump nominee and White House deputy chief of staff Kirstjen Nielsen to lead the Department of Homeland Security.

President Trump congratulates Kirstjen Nielsen, the newly confirmed Homeland Security secretary, during a White House ceremony in October to announce her nomination. The DHS has 22 subagencies, including immigration enforcement, transportation security, disaster preparedness and response, the Secret Service, and the Coast Guard.

She previously served as chief of staff to former DHS Secretary John Kelly, who now serves as the White House chief of staff, from January through July and worked at the department's Transportation and Security Administration.

Nielsen will take over for Acting Secretary Elaine Duke, and will be sworn-in sometime in the coming days.

One of the Democrats who voted against Nielsen, Sen.

Nielsen "is ready to answer this call to duty", Johnson said.

After her confirmation, Breitbart News, the alt-right mouthpiece run by former Trump strategist Steve Bannon, mocked her as "Lady DACA" - a reference to her assurance to Sen.

Harris also said she was troubled by Nielsen's failure to acknowledge at her confirmation hearing how human behavior contributes to climate change.

Nielsen, who served on former President George W. Bush's homeland security council, also appears to be facing opposition from the far-right nationalist wing of the Republican party.

"Throughout her confirmation process, Ms. Nielsen failed to demonstrate that she would provide the steady, experienced leadership - free from political interference from the White House - that the department needs".

"The president has stated as have predecessors at DHS certainly something that I share: There is no need for a wall from sea to shining sea", Nielsen told the senators. However, this will be a major issue for the new DHS secretary to address.

It is central to executing specific Trump agenda points, including his hardline approach to immigration, establishing a wall along the US-Mexico border and implementing his travel ban, which the Supreme Court decided on Monday to resume.

"Under a rational bill these individuals would be able to become lawful permanent residents with a pathway to citizenship", a Reuters report said, quoting Dougherty. They also cited concerns about possible White House interference in a recent DHS decision to send home thousands of Nicaraguans and Haitians long granted US protection. Ultimately, however, it is the president and Congress who must define what our national immigration policy must be.

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