Nielsen Out, McAleenan In

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Garrett Summers | United States

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen resigned April 7th after meeting with President Trump at the White House in what appears to be a complete overhaul of DHS. The president wants to move the Department into a “tougher” direction. Current Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan is temporarily replacing Nielsen. This temporary appointment is a move by President Trump to have a strong ally in the department with a tougher stance on border security, while also searching for a permanent replacement. McAleenan’s views on border security mirror Trumps more closely than Nielsen’s. By replacing her, the president has a stronger block of allies in the department to push for immigration reform and to potentially shut down the border, which he threatened to do last week.

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