Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen doesn't directly deny resignation report

12 May, 2018, 21:27 | Author: Mable Gonzales
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"We are a nation of legislation and the president and his government may apply them" White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said in an announcement on Thursday. "Give me some reinforcements, please", he urged the crowd, referring to Republicans in Congress who have balked at the billions of dollars he has requested for border security. A conviction for illegal entry carries a maximum penalty of six months in custody for first-time crossers, though they usually do far less time, and two years for repeat offenses.

Homeland Security Director Kirstjen Nielsen told staffers that she almost submitted her resignation Wednesday after President Trump reprimanded her in front of the entire cabinet, several officials familiar told the New York Times.

Today's Washington Post, however, reports that Nielsen did not threaten to resign. "Why don't you have solutions?" She said Trump was "rightly frustrated that existing loopholes and the lack of congressional action have prevented this administration from fully securing the border". "We need to shut it down", he demanded.

In return, Nielsen reportedly defended her stance and cited laws in several instances to support her comments. She told the president her team was doing everything it could, but the president was left unconvinced. "It's frustrating to have your boss unhappy about that".

"The @nytimes article alleging that the Secretary drafted a resignation letter yesterday and was close to resigning is false", tweeted Homeland Security spokesman Tyler Houlton. Nielsen herself did not deny that the meeting had been contentious or that she had almost resigned.

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According to DHS data, there were about 30,186 total cases of foreign nationals claiming credible fear and thus requesting asylum in the USA between October and December 2017 - at the same time that an amnesty for illegal aliens was being considered by Congress and President Trump's administration. "I share his frustration", she said.

While the president rages at the limits of his power, he has found other outlets to express his anti-immigration agenda. The president and his aides in the White House had been pushing a family separation policy for weeks as a way of deterring families from trying to cross the border illegally.

According to The New York Times, the president complained his administration has to do more on border security.

Chief of Staff John Kelly, Nielsen's top ally who recommended her to Trump for the Homeland Security job, also was present. In March and April this year, about 50,000 people crossed from Mexico into the United States illegally, about three times the number who did so a year earlier. In past administrations, this temporary status was regularly extended, allowing hundreds of thousands of people to become de facto Americans, with legal status, jobs, and families, if not full citizenship.

Trump nominated Nielsen to lead the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

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