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Trump Explodes at Staff for Not Deporting Immigrants Faster

14 May, 2018, 00:38 | Author: Kristen Ingram
  • Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen testifies during a hearing held by the Senate Judiciary Committee

Nielsen battled back, one person said, telling Trump that laws limit some of what she could do to block the flow of undocumented immigrants.

Two unnamed sources told the Times that Nielsen drafted a resignation letter but has not submitted to the president.

Current U.S. immigration and asylum laws allow foreign nationals passing through Mexico to arrive at the southern border and claim credible fear.

The New York Times and Politico reported that Nielsen, who began the job in December, drafted a resignation letter.

Nielsen also released a statement in wake of the incident where she said she shared the president's frustrations but didn't exactly deny the fact she penned her resignation.

Trump nominated Nielsen to lead the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. "I share his frustration".

"The President is rightly frustrated that existing loopholes and the lack of Congressional action have prevented this administration from fully securing the border and protecting the American people", Nielsen said in the statement.

Instead, she told the newspaper that she will "continue to direct the department to do all we can to implement the president's security-focused agenda" as head of almost 20,000 department employees. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to disclose private conversations.

The New York Times reported Thursday that the president has growing increasingly angry with Nielsen over what he feels is the country's inability to adequately secure its border. "We are a nation of legislation and the president and his government may apply them" White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said in an announcement on Thursday. The Post's account, headlined "Trump unloads on Homeland Security secretary in lengthy immigration tirade", adds the details that "Trump's tirade went on so long that many present began fidgeting in their seats and flashing grimaces", and that it lasted more than 30 minutes. She was retired Marine Corps General John Kelly's chief of staff when he was secretary of homeland security during the opening months of Trump's presidency.

The president lashed out at other Cabinet members at the White House meeting as well, but the source said Trump's harshest comments were directed at Nielsen.

Hard-liners on immigration say Mr. Trump's anger is partly explained by a suspicion inside the West Wing that Ms. Nielsen, who served on the Homeland Security Council in the George W. Bush administration, is not sufficiently committed to Mr. Trump's agenda of tougher immigration policies. In her written testimony for the Senate Judiciary Committee, Nielsen highlighted the need for asylum reform, and suggested that DHS "impose and enforce penalies for fraud" in credible fear interviews, the first step in the long, bureaucratic process of seeking asylum.

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