Published: Fri, December 08, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

New Secretary of DHS Confirmed: Kirstjen Nielsen

New Secretary of DHS Confirmed: Kirstjen Nielsen

Kirstjen Nielsen is sworn in before testifying to the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on her nomination to be secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in Washington, U.S. on November 8, 2017.

The Senate confirmed President Trump's pick to lead the Department of Homeland Security after John KellyJohn Francis KellyMORE left the agency for his White House post earlier this year.

Ms. Duke has said she would remain at the department in the No. 2 position, tamping down speculation that she might resign after Ms. Nielsen was installed.

Nielsen, who served as Kelly's chief of staff at the Department of Homeland Security before moving with him to the West Wing, routinely cancels meetings with senior officials if someone shows up late, multiple aides said.

Prior to this appointment, Nielsen served as Kelly's deputy White House chief of staff, but reportedly acted in a "dismissive" way, according to Politico.

Nielsen's "work in and around the department since its creation, as well as her knowledge of cybersecurity, risk management and critical infrastructure, should serve her well in confronting the daunting threats to our homeland", said Sen.

Well, the Department of Homeland Security has a new secretary.

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Nielsen received a warm welcome from the woman she's replacing - DHS Acting Secretary Elaine Duke.

As Secretary of DHS, Nielsen will be in charge of 240,000 employees in 22 sub-agencies with broad jurisdiction and a range of responsibilities, including immigration enforcement, border patrol, aviation security, disaster preparedness, domestic counter-terrorism, the Secret Service, and the Coast Guard. Bush. endorsed Nielsen's nomination. However, this will be a major issue for the new DHS secretary to address.

"Under a rational bill these individuals would be able to become lawful permanent residents with a pathway to citizenship", a Reuters report said, quoting Dougherty.

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. However, Dougherty's statement on October 3 indicated that the administration's termination of DACA was not as thorough as most people were led to believe.

Chief of staff John Kelly's no-nonsense deputy, Kirstjen Nielsen, has been working in the White House for only five weeks.

As we noted in that report, the Trump administration's actions left Original DACA recipients unaffected.

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

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