Kirstjen Nielsen

  • Trump administration Jul 24

    Ex-DHS Chief Claims ‘There Was No Policy to Separate Families,' Despite Presiding Over It

    Kirstjen Nielsen, who presided over the Trump administration’s separation of thousands of migrant children from their parents as secretary of Homeland Security, claimed that a family separation policy did not exist.

  • Congress Oct 26, 2019

    Acting Homeland Security Secretary McAleenan Fights Subpoena

    Kevin McAleenan, the acting Homeland Security secretary, is challenging a subpoena to appear before a congressional committee to discuss terrorism threats to the U.S. on the day before he’s set to leave office. Kevin McAleenan sent a letter to House Homeland Security Chairman Bennie Thompson on Friday saying he was surprised and disappointed to get the subpoena a day earlier....

  • PRESIDENT Jul 7, 2019

    Homeland Insecurity: Empty Seats at Agency Dealing With Overcrowding at the Border

    The agency in charge of dealing with overcrowded conditions at migrant facilities near the southern border is severely understaffed at the leadership level, NBC News reports. The president has demanded the Department of Homeland Security contain the surge of immigrants at the border and deport millions who are in the country illegally. But he has failed to staff the highest...

  • PRESIDENT Jul 7, 2019

    Homeland Insecurity: Empty Seats at Agency Dealing With Overcrowding at the Border

    The agency in charge of dealing with overcrowded conditions at migrant facilities near the southern border is severely understaffed at the leadership level, NBC News reports. The president has demanded the Department of Homeland Security contain the surge of immigrants at the border and deport millions who are in the country illegally. But he has failed to staff the highest...

  • JUDGE Jun 8, 2019

    Virginia Man Back in US After Court Questions Deportation

    A northern Virginia man who says he fears torture at the hands of Israeli authorities is back in the U.S. after a judge’s order forced immigration authorities to reverse his deportation and bring him back from Israel before he ever got off the plane.

  • Donald Trump May 14, 2019

    Trump Officials Discussed Deporting Families, Sources Say

    Homeland Security officials considered arresting thousands of migrant families who had final deportation orders and removing them from the U.S. in a flashy show of force, but the idea was tabled as the Trump administration grappled with straining resources and a growing number of Central Americans crossing the border. Two Homeland Security officials and two other people familiar with the...

  • Donald Trump May 7, 2019

    Arizona H.S. Students Demand ICE Release Undocumented Classmate

    Dozens of Tucson, Arizona, high school students walked out of class Monday morning and marched in the name of a classmate taken into Border Patrol custody last Thursday. Thomas Torres, a senior and football player at Desert View High School, was taken in by Border Patrol agents following a traffic stop.

  • Donald Trump May 1, 2019

    Trump's Proposed Fee on Asylum Seekers Would Burden the Poor

    Asylum seekers waiting to get into the U.S. sleep in small tents set up by the border, depending on volunteers and churches to bring them food and clothing. Some scrape together 25 cents to pay a toll to get on an international bridge where they can use a bathroom. They’ve fled violence-ridden homelands, often arriving at the U.S. border deep...

  • Donald Trump Apr 24, 2019

    Top Trump Aide Said Russian Meddling Concerns Shouldn't Reach President, NYT Reports

    Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney told then-Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen earlier this year that any conversations about Russian meddling in the upcoming midterm elections shouldn’t be elevated to President Donald Trump because he still tied the subject to questions about the legitimacy of his own election, The New York Times reported. Nielsen became increasingly worried about...

  • NBC News Apr 8, 2019

    Secret Service Head Alles Leaving, Career Official Tapped

    U.S. Secret Service Director Randolph “Tex” Alles is leaving the Trump administration, the White House said, amid a shake-up in the upper echelon of the Department of Homeland Security. White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Trump has selected career Secret Service official James Murray to lead the agency, saying he will assume the role next month. She added Alles...

  • NBCUniversal Inc. Apr 8, 2019

    Nielsen Says She Still Supports Trump's Border Goals

    Former Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen addressed the media on Monday after resigning from her position in the Trump administration this weekend.

  • NEW YORK Apr 8, 2019

    Undocumented Immigrants Push States for Driver's Licenses: ‘We Have to Work'

    Dairy farm worker Luis Jiménez gambles every time he drives without a license. Even a minor traffic stop could alert immigration agents that he is in the country illegally and lead to deportation. But in the wide open spaces of upstate New York’s farm country, supermarkets and job sites are often too far away for walking, there’s not always somebody...

  • Donald Trump Apr 8, 2019

    Kirstjen Nielsen Out as Dept. of Homeland Security Secretary

    Kirstjin Nielsen resigned as the secretary of the Department of Homeland Security on Sunday, marking an end to her controversial era at the helm of a department that oversaw migrant families separated at the border and a rising number of apprehensions at the U.S.-Mexico border. Nielsen has held the post since December 2017.

  • Donald Trump Apr 8, 2019

    Trump Has Been Urging Administration to Reinstate Child Separation Policy, Sources Say

    President Donald Trump has for months urged his administration to reinstate large-scale separation of migrant families crossing the border, three U.S. officials with knowledge of meetings at the White House told NBC News. Kirstjen Nielsen, Trump’s outgoing Homeland Security Secretary, resisted, setting her at odds with the president. According to two of the sources, Nielsen told Trump that federal court...

  • Donald Trump Apr 8, 2019

    Homeland Security Sec. Nielsen Resigns Amid Border Turmoil

    Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen has resigned amid President Donald Trump’s growing frustration and bitterness over the number of Central American families crossing the southern border. Trump announced on Sunday in a tweet that U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan would be taking over as acting head of the department. McAleenan is a longtime border official who is...

  • Donald Trump Apr 8, 2019

    Homeland Security Sec. Nielsen Resigns Amid Border Turmoil

    President Donald Trump says Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen is leaving her job amid growing frustration by the administration over the number of southern border crossings.

  • Donald Trump Apr 6, 2019

    Trump Struggles With a Growing Problem at the Border

    Tensions are rising, fingers are pointing and the search for solutions is becoming increasingly fraught. Overwhelmed by an influx of migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border that is taxing the immigration system, President Donald Trump is grasping for something — anything — to stem the tide. Trump, who campaigned on a promise to secure the border, has thrown virtually every option...

  • Donald Trump Apr 2, 2019

    Trump's Threat to Close Border Stirs Fears of Economic Harm

    President Donald Trump’s threat to shut down the southern border raised fears Monday of dire economic consequences in the U.S. and an upheaval of daily life in a stretch of the country that relies on the international flow of not just goods and services but also students, families and workers. Politicians, business leaders and economists warned that such a move...

  • United States Apr 1, 2019

    More Officers May be Reassigned to Help Border Crush

    The Trump administration says it may pull as many as 2,000 inspectors from border crossings to handle a surge of families arriving at the U.S.- Mexico border, many of them Central American asylum seekers.

  • Donald Trump Mar 31, 2019

    US Struggling With Growing Number of Asylum Seekers

    Border officials are aiming to more than quadruple the number of asylum seekers sent back over the southern border each day, a major expansion of a top government effort to address the swelling number of Central Americans arriving in the country, a Trump administration official said Saturday. It was the latest attempt to ease a straining immigration system that officials...

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