Published: Thu, December 07, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

The US Senate Approved Kirstjen Nielsen as Secretary of Homeland Security

The US Senate Approved Kirstjen Nielsen as Secretary of Homeland Security

The Senate voted Tuesday to confirm Kirstjen Nielsen as the next secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, installing a close confidant of White House Chief of Staff John Kelly to lead the federal agency responsible for carrying out many of President Trump's most ambitious domestic policy plans. Prior to that, Nielsen served as Kelly's chief of staff at DHS when Kelly was secretary of that department.

And in a statement released after the Senate confirmed Nielsen, Sen. She followed Kelly to the White House where she was Deputy Chief of Cabinet.

As leader of the Department of Homeland Security, Nielsen will oversee a massive bureaucracy of almost 250,000 employees that help ensure the security of the IT assets of federal civilian agencies as well as the nation's critical infrastructure.

House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas) offered his support following the Senate's confirmation vote. He called her an expert in risk management, with a focus on cybersecurity, emergency management and critical infrastructure.

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.

"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.

Despite increasing prominence in the national conversation, cybersecurity was a secondary topic during Nielsen's confirmation hearing.

Nielsen's appointment had been viewed as a sign of Kelly's tightening grip on the administration since replacing Reince Priebus as Trump's chief of staff in July. "She has yet to acknowledge the overwhelming scientific consensus that human behavior contributes to climate change, even as states like California face the increasing threats of wildfires, floods, and rising sea levels". "There are many contributions to it".

"The president has stated as have predecessors at DHS certainly something that I share: There is no need for a wall from sea to shining sea", Nielsen told the senators.

Trump repeatedly promised during the campaign that he would build the wall and that Mexico would pay for it, but the administration is seeking billions in taxpayer dollars to finance the project.

Her confirmation came on a day when DHS reclaimed substantial success in slowing illegal immigration across the southern border and arresting and deporting criminal aliens.

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