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She was also pushing back at an effort to house an "immigration" or "border czar" within Homeland Security, they said. 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. They say President Donald Trump is also considering separating migrant families at the border again, resuming the practice that drew so much outrage a year ago.

Democratic lawmakers are concerned Donald Trump will replace outgoing Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen with an immigration hard-liner, but the White House has yet to clearly explain what the president wants her successor to do differently. Unnamed officials who spoke to NBC said Nielsen told Trump the Department of Homeland Security could not act against federal court orders barring the policy, and that Trump would be defying his own executive order past year that put an end to it. Ms Nielsen was responsible for the proposed border wall between the United States and Mexico, plus the migrants passing through the territory divide.

DHS said it arrested or denied entry to more than 103,000 people along the border last month, more than double the March 2018 figure.

Praise from top Republicans focused on her devotion to public service, and generally glossed over her role in family separation and other controversies.

There's a lot more to say about the myriad problems with this administration's growing reliance on acting officers and its unwillingness to fill crucial senior government positions, even as it has a Senate controlled by the same party as the president and that has generally confirmed the president's nominees. The White House has lashed out by demanding new leadership, although a new team is likely to face the same obstacles. Goodbye DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen.

Trump advisor and immigration hawk Stephen Miller is the catalyst behind the changes according to AP. If they illegally entered with minors in tow, existing federal law and policy mandated the children be detained separately from their parents.

She did months of diplomatic work with Central America and Mexico and brokered an arrangement in which asylum seekers were to wait in Mexico for their asylum cases to play out.

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Since then, Clarke has helped develop a charity that aims to provide treatment for people recovering from brain injuries and stroke.

Sen. Susan Collins of ME said Tuesday having participated in creating the department more than a decade ago she knows "these are vital positions".

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.

In that role, she has become the face of the Trump administration's anti-immigration policy, including the widely condemned practice of separating migrant children from their parents, as part of the administration's "zero tolerance" approach to illegal immigration, meant to deter families from leaving home in the hope of entering the United States.

Donald Trump, Jr. also chimed in writing, "I see that the head of the Farrakhan Fan Club, @IlhanMN, took a short break from spewing her usual anti-semitic bigotry today to accuse a Jewish man of being a "white nationalist" because she apparently has no shame".

This makes sense, as even with the Trump administration's ever-revolving door, Miller is one of the few officials not related to Trump, who are racist and sycophantic enough to have stuck around since the very beginning.

Nielsen finally had enough and resigned Sunday, in part because she hadn't been informed about the sudden decision to withdraw Vitiello's nomination, according to people familiar with her decision. He predicted White House officials will seek "something more stringent and tougher to try to make it more hard for [undocumented] migrants to access the asylum system". "I am pleased to announce that Kevin McAleenan, the current U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner, will become Acting Secretary for @DHSgov".