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Toobin on Nielsen: Trump 'Is the Great Reputation Killer'

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Nielsen "has arguably been the most aggressive secretary in the department's short history in cracking down on immigration-with her legacy likely to be defined among progressives by the 'zero tolerance' prosecution policy of late spring and early summer 2018 that resulted in the separation of thousands of families at the US-Mexico border", writes immigration reporter Dara Lind. Senators on the relevant oversight panels will be taken away from other work - such as annual spending bills - to focus on grilling nominees. "They failed with the courts and with Congress and now they're eating their own".

Kevin McAleenan was named acting secretary of homeland security to replace Nielsen.

She was followed yesterday by Randolph Alles, 65, director of the US Secret Service, who appears to have been sacked. Trump also announced that Kevin McAleenan, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection commissioner, would become acting DHS secretary.

Asked about Mr. Miller, Mr. Cornyn said he wasn't sure what the advisor's role was in the shakeup, but he said the White House does need a more consistent message on immigration.

Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, said at least 10 top positions in the department were being filled with acting officials. "He has the right and deserves to have a team in place he feels can best implement his policies".

"At the end of the day", a senior administration official said, "the President refuses to understand that the Department of Homeland Security is constrained by the laws".

Nielsen's relationship with Trump has always been said to be hard.

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He is seeking a harder line to crack down on rising immigration levels, having previously threatened to close the border with Mexico. He is said to be liked by congressional leaders, the administration and Homeland Security officials. As recently as last week, reportedly realizing her job was in peril, she took to CNN and other networks to do damage control, and "convened an emergency call with members of Trump's Cabinet to discuss migration at the border", according to CNN, who said Nielsen assured them: "We are going to treat it as if we have been hit by a Cat 5 hurricane".

One such request that proved to be a point of contention, according to new reporting by NBC News, was over Trump's desire to reinstate the policy of family separations.

But by October she was back at DHS, this time as secretary. It is unclear, however, if he will have much more of an effect on issues at the border. Former head of DHS John Kelly, General John Kelly, was the person who recommended her for this job.

Meantime, Democratic lawmakers and aides are gravely concerned that hard-line White House policy adviser Stephen Miller, who reportedly has Trump's ear and is leading the mini-purge, will convince the boss to nominate someone with the same ideological beliefs that are skeptical of any benefits of legal or illegal immigration from any country.

"I will continue to support all efforts to address the humanitarian and security crisis on the border", Nielsen said in her first public remarks since her resignation.

Ms Nielsen has held her position since December 2017. "She had a background in cyber security".

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Toobin on Nielsen: Trump 'Is the Great Reputation Killer'