Bush Bureaucrats Favored by John Kelly Now Running Homeland Security Under Trump

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 Senate voted on Tuesday to confirm Kirstjen Nielsen as the secretary of homeland security, elevating a top White House aide and former agency official to oversee the department central to President Trump's plan to crack down on illegal immigration and beef up border security.

One of the Democrats who voted against Nielsen, Sen.

Elaine Duke, who has served in an interim capacity for four months, has said that she will continue to work with Nielsen as her deputy. She followed Kelly to the White House when the former Marine general replaced the beleaguered Reince Priebus as Trump's chief of staff.

Nielsen, 45, developed a reputation for fierce devotion to Kelly as his deputy at the White House, and before that as his chief of staff at the Department of Homeland Security, which he ran from January until July. She also has experience working at the TSA and as an advisor for emergency preparedness and disaster relief during the Bush Administration. Prior to that, Nielsen served as Kelly's chief of staff at DHS when Kelly was secretary of that department.

Nielsen breezed through her confirmation hearing last month before members of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs, assuring lawmakers she would not obey an unlawful order from the White House. However, unnamed officials at DHS have denied that Duke plans to quit.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said that Nielsen understands the department's daily operations due to her previous experience and is ready to lead on her first day. Mazmanian has contributed reviews and articles to the Washington Post, the Washington City Paper, Newsday, New York Press, Architect Magazine and other publications.

The Times noted that a bipartisan group of former homeland security officials, including two former secretaries of the department, Tom Ridge and Michael Chertoff, both Republicans who served under Mr.

Congress has until mid-March to pass a legislative fix to give DACA new life, or hundreds of thousands protected under the program would face deportation.

"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.

Trump pledged during his presidential campaign to build a U.S-Mexico border wall.

  • Rogelio Becker