Nielsen confirmed to head DHS as Kelly's grip on Trump administration tightens

Kirstjen Nielsen Confirmed As New DHS Secretary

The U.S. Senate confirmed Georgetown alumna Kirstjen Nielsen (SFS '94) as Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security yesterday by a 62-37 vote.

Deputy White House Chief of Staff Kirstjen Nielsen has been confirmed by the U.S. Senate to oversee the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

Nielsen, 45, will take the reins of a department with more than 240,000 employees responsible for immigration enforcement, US border and airport security, disaster response, and protecting USA infrastructure from cyber attacks. While Kelly was DHS Secretary earlier in the year, Nielsen served in the agency as his deputy secretary while Duke was also a staffer.

Trump named Kelly to White House chief of staff in late July in a staff shake-up as he ousted former chief of staff Reince Priebus. Nielsen, a close colleague of Kelly's, previously served on the Homeland Security Council in the George W. Bush administration and developed domestic policy with the TSA.

"It is my greatest honor to serve as secretary alongside the remarkable men and women of DHS", said Secretary Nielsen.

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Senators Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.) and Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) voted against Nielsen, voicing their concerns about her independence from the White House. Nielsen said the federal government should adjust its modeling and preparation for dealing with weather events related to climate changes, but refused to acknowledge the alleged human contributions to those changes. "With her understanding of the challenges facing our nation and her experience in prevention and preparedness, I believe that she will excel as the next Secretary of Homeland Security".

Nielsen will fill the vacancy left by former DHS Secretary John Kelly, who left the department in July to serve as President Donald Trump's chief of staff. Nielsen, who served as Kelly's chief of staff at the DHS, will replace the acting secretary, Elaine Duke, who has led the DHS since Kelly left.

Nielsen, Kelly's protégé, now takes over the DHS as Trump looks to make his long-promised border wall a reality and to continue cracking down on immigration.

"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. 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.

Tasked with the Sisyphean task of containing Trump, Kelly has for months been weeding out White House officials tied to his predecessor.

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