Senate confirms Trump's pick to lead Department of Homeland Security

Senate Advances Kirstjen Nielsen's Nomination for DHS Secretary Post

Senate Advances Kirstjen Nielsen's Nomination for DHS Secretary Post

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.

President Trump congratulates Kirstjen Nielsen, the newly confirmed Homeland Security secretary, during a White House ceremony in October to announce her nomination.

Kirstjen Nielsen, a top White House aide considered to be a cybersecurity expert, will now lead the DHS.

It is responsible for the fight against terrorism, border guards, customs, coastguard and crisis response.

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Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., said Nielsen has played a role in several questionable Trump administration decisions, including a travel ban to restrict entry from six mostly Muslim countries, termination of a program for young immigrants and what Harris called a "feeble response to Hurricanes Irma, Maria and Harvey".

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. Bush. endorsed Nielsen's nomination.

"It has been an honor to serve as the Department's Acting Secretary, and I look forward to working alongside Ms. Nielsen as her deputy as we continue to carry out the DHS mission of safeguarding the American people, our homeland, and our values", she said in a statement. In a letter to Congress, they praised Nielsen's understanding of cybersecurity.

We have not seen any report about Nielsen's views on the Trump administration's position on whether "Dreamers", as those who qualified for USA residency under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program are often called, should be allowed to stay in the United States.

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When asked for her views on the utility of a border wall with Mexico, she echoed comments made previously by Kelly that the United States did not need a 2,000-mile physical barrier "from sea to shining sea". 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.

While campaigning for the presidency, candidate Trump promised that he would "immediately terminate" DACA after being elected.

The Justice Department under Sessions, and DHS under Nielsen, will share in enforcing different portions of immigration law.

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