2019-04-09 11:53:54

Trump Purges DHS Leadership, Threatening to Make Immigration Policies Even More Draconian

President Trump is intensifying a crackdown on immigration as he purges the leadership of the Department of Homeland Security. On Sunday, DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen was forced out after reportedly resisting a move by Trump to revive his family separation policy at the U.S. southern border. Nielsen had overseen Trump’s “zero tolerance” family separation policy last year and came under fire by Democrats for lying to Congress about the policy, as well as for withholding information on children who died in U.S. custody. On Monday, the White House announced Secret Service Director Randolph “Tex” Alles had also been removed from his position. Meanwhile, Trump has withdrawn the nomination of Ronald Vitiello to head Immigration and Customs Enforcement, indicating he wasn’t “tough” enough for the role. Trump has named Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan acting DHS secretary. McAleenan reportedly was open to reinstating a form of family separation in which families would have to choose between being separated or being taken into long-term detention with their children. We speak with Erika Andiola, the chief advocacy officer for RAICES, the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services.

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