Kirstjen Nielsen confirmed by Senate as Secretary of Homeland Security
Yesterday afternoon, the Senate confirmed Kirstjen Nielsen as the Secretary of Homeland Security. Nielsen, currently the White House deputy chief of staff, was suggested for the position by President Trump and will be replacing General John Kelly in this role.
The suggestion of Nielsen proved controversial amidst reports that she encouraged an end to Temporary Protected Status for Honduran foreign nationals currently residing in the US. Although acting DHS secretary, Elaine Duke, ultimately chose to extend their TPS status for a minimum of six more months, immigrants rights activists are not sure what to expect upon the expiration of TPS for El Salvador in January, especially given her ties to John Kelly.
Given the Trump administration’s crackdown on immigrants, documented or otherwise, Nielsen is sure to have a full plate as she begins her new job, especially as DHS makes its expansions to cover more territory.
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