President Donald Trump denied Tuesday that after the departure of Prime Minister Kirstjen Nielsen, he will clean up & # 39; at the Ministry of Homeland Security and claims that he will not separate migrant children from their parents at the border.
# I never said that I was cleaning the house. I don't know who made that up, & T 39 told reporters in the Oval Office.
His Homeland Security department was in an uproar after the resignation of Nielsen and the secret service director Randolph & # 39; Tex & # 39; Everything. Three other senior DHS officials held a thread on Tuesday afternoon.
He also denied reports that he was reducing his heavily criticized & # 39; zero tolerance & # 39; policy that separated more than 2,700 children from their families who illegally crossed the border.
& # 39; We don't want to do that, no. But it brings many more people to the border, & he added. He repeated: & # 39; We have no intention of doing it. & # 39;
President Donald Trump denied that after the resignation of Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen & # 39; household goods & # 39; at the Ministry of Homeland Security
Homeland Security Department is in turmoil after the resignation of Kirstjen Nielsen (above) and Secret Service Director Randolph & # 39; Tex & # 39; Everything. Three other senior DHS officials reportedly held on to their jobs through a common thread
When his comments in the Oval Office were played on television, a senior official described a sheer job as an attempt to clean the house within the DHS, and in particular the office of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, to a group of reporters. .
& # 39; I'm clearly not making a personnel announcement right now, but I think we understand when we talk about concerns with the DHS legal store and concerns with USCIS about what conclusions can be drawn. Although, that is not to say that situations cannot be recovered, & said the person while sharpening the blades.
The official concluded that Lee Cissna, the head of USCIS, and John Mitnick, general counsel at DHS, should repent or pack their offices.
It was not clear whether Claire Grady, the acting deputy secretary of the DHS, was also in danger of being fired. She should technically become the acting head of DHS if Nielsen leaves this Wednesday for good, but Trump seems determined to break the law and to lead Kevin McAleenan, US Customs and Border Guard Commissioner.
Her removal would make way for Trump & # 39; s desired revision, suggesting that at least one more notable retreat was underway within DHS.
The official said that & # 39; DHS did not work & # 39; and that while it clearly has a law enforcement mission, it also has a law enforcement bureaucracy & # 39; has officials promoted before Trump & # 39; s election.
Officials have been working on autopilots in some areas and have otherwise refused to issue rules that would achieve the president's goals, especially when it comes to asylum applications, the person claimed.
& # 39; In some cases, politicians were put into certain situations that, although they had a general world view that was largely sympathetic to the administration, they could not manage & # 39 ;, the official said, noting that there was a & # 39; large law enforcement component & # 39; is to DHS.
The official seemed to be referring to Nielsen, who said Monday in coded language that she's the goal of the & # 39; president to secure the border & # 39; shared. In particular, she left out a statement in support of his tactics.
Her department was under fire because of supposedly slow walking arrangements that could reduce the number of asylum applications and bring migrant families abroad more quickly on Tuesday.
& # 39; Many of the administration's core priorities are that many of them have gone too slowly or have gone in the wrong direction for some time within certain DHS agencies, & # 39; said the White House official who refused to be called against reporters.
Later, when television chirons showed that Trump was not & # 39; cleaning house & # 39; was, the official again claimed that the DHS officials who were known to hack could save themselves.
& # 39; We are not & # 39; cleaning house at DHS & # 39 ;, & # 39; the official insisted.
A reporter interrupted pointing out that cleaning the house is exactly what was described.
The official had just finished saying that McAleenan, the temporary head of the president of DHS, & # 39; full support & # 39; van het Witte Huis has to build his own team.
& # 39; Much of that can just bring in the people you want to work together & # 39 ;, the official emphasized. & # 39; There has just been a lot of information about what things are changing and why we can do that. Kevin can make some additional changes and he may not make any additional changes. Like I said, things can be rehabilitated. & # 39;
It didn't seem like there was room for & # 39; rehabilitation & # 39; of existing leaders who were not in trouble with Trump.
The official explicitly claimed that the White House is looking for & # 39; cultural & # 39; and & # 39; institutional & # 39; turn processes and prejudices within the DHS upside down.
& # 39; Changing that governance culture into one of protecting US workers and citizens rather than seeing the applicant as a client is, I believe, a shift that can best be addressed through management issues, & # 39 ; the official said.
Trump decided to lower the ax now due to the & necessity and magnitude of the crisis & # 39; at the border, said the person, who created an environment where it makes sense to try some new approaches. & # 39;
& # 39; I think the president thought it was a good time to change something, & # 39; said the official.
The president kept his focus on the situation on the border on Tuesday. He repeated his promise to make border security stricter and to blame the Democrats.
& # 39; We have bad laws, & # 39; he said. & # 39; We fight against the bad laws, the bad things that come out of Congress. You have a democrat conference that is being impeded. You talk about obstruction, the biggest obstacle that anyone has ever seen. & # 39;
He kept track of the record number of illegal immigrants crossing the border.
& # 39; People are coming in to apply for asylum. They all read exactly what the lawyer gives them. They have a piece of paper. Read what that is and suddenly you are entitled to asylum. And some of these people are not people you want in our country. So we build a lot of walls, it is being built, & said Trump during a photo with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi.
He also reiterated his call to close the border between the US and Mexico – an idea that economists thought would be disastrous because of all the goods and services operations that would cease.
& # 39; We must close the borders. We do it, but I could do it much faster if they acted, & Trump complained.
Trump also dismissed reports that he wanted to resume his controversial family divorce policy and blamed his predecessor, President Barack Obama.
& # 39; Obama divorced the children, by the way. To understand that, President Obama divorced the children, & he said.
He referred to pictures of migrant children in cages that made the social media rounds during his family separation, but turned out to be from 2014, when Obama was president.
Trump also wiped away messages that he wanted to resume his controversial family divorce policy and referred to photos from 2014 (above) that were circulating during his policy implementation
The photos & # 39; s from 2014 caused an outrage
Isidra Calderon hugs her son Jonathan Avila, who was sent back from detention in August after being divorced on the American border
& # 39; Those cages that were shown, I think they were very inappropriate. They were built by President Obama's government, not by Trump. President Obama was divorced from the child. Take a look, the press knows, you know, we all know, & he commented.
Then he claimed that he was the one who stopped the controversial policy.
& # 39; I am the one who stopped it. President Obama was divorced from the child. I'll tell you something. If you don't have it, you'll see a lot more people, & he said.
& # 39; They're coming like it's a picnic, because let's go to Disneyland. President Obama divorced children. They were divorced from the child. Trump decided I was the one who changed it, okay?
His & # 39; zero tolerance & # 39; policy stemmed from a directive to prosecute someone who crosses the border illegally, even those with families seeking asylum on humanitarian grounds.
He stopped the policy in June after a series of two-fold outrage that involved sentencing his wife and daughter.
The current situation with the Homeland Security Department had a top Republican senator, Chuck Grassley from Iowa, warn President Trump against following advice on poor immigration policies and urged him to & # 39; stability & # 39; within the DHS.
& # 39; He is taking the carpet out of the people trying to help him reach his goal & # 39 ;, said Grassley.
In the meantime, the focus is on who can lead the department and what policy they would implement.
Former Secretary of State of Kansas, Kris Kobach, whose name has been named as Secretary of the Interior Security Department, took Fox News on Monday evening to take a series of tough measures to reduce the number of immigrants crossing the border.
Kobach & # 39; s interview with Tucker Carlson could be seen as his audition for the job, for which he was a candidate during the transition from Trump to 2016-2017. The position eventually went to John Kelly and then to Kirstjen Nielsen, after Kelly became the White House chief of staff.
President Trump is known to regularly watch Fox News.
Former Kansas State Secretary, Kris Kobach, went to Fox News to commit to a series of hardline measures to reduce the number of border crossings
The Kobach interview can be seen as his audition for the Secretary of Department of Homeland Security; he then saw president-elect Trump in his Bedminister golf club in November 2016
Grassley may have conservative conservatives such as Kris Kobach in mind.
But Kobach's hard occupation was also difficult to confirm him in the Senate, worried about one of his senators in his own country.
& # 39; Don't go there. We can't confirm him, & # 39; Republican Senator Pat Roberts replicated against The Kansas City Star when asked about Kobach Tuesday.
Kobach was very critical of the department under his previous leadership and bluntly called it the & # 39; biggest obstacle & # 39; for the President's attempts to implement his immigration policy.
& # 39; I think the biggest obstacle has been the Department of Homeland Security itself & he said on Fox News. & # 39; Leadership at that agency for the past two years, since the president took office, was unwilling to implement many of the president's plans. I can say of direct personal costs that I was in the room when the President had given explicit orders for leadership at the DHS and then assured that, yes, those orders will be executed than that nothing happened a year later. & # 39;
& # 39; Dragging was intentional, & # 39; he added, & # 39; and I think this is what you see that the White House is taking the necessary steps to clean the house at DHS and to place people and hopefully who will quickly implement what the president commands. The agency must take action and act quickly to implement the president's objections and policies. That didn't happen. It was really remarkable. & # 39;
Kobach, who has long been a hardliner on immigration, outlined a series of proposals to put things right at the border, because the department is in chaos with various top officials after Nielsen's departure.
His plans also tie in with the tougher stance of the White House adviser, Stephen Miller, who led Trump to withdraw his nomination from Ron Vitiello to lead US immigration and customs officials in an effort to tighten border security .
Republican Senator Chuck Grassley (right) warns President Trump against following poor advice on immigration policy after a series of senior Homeland Security officials were dropped off, stopped or said they were on the chopping block on Monday; he blames White Mill employee Stephen Miller
Miller is known as a keen promoter of the aggressive immigration policy.
Grassley indicated that Miller was approaching the shake-up that brought Nielsen and Everything down.
& # 39; Without names there are people in the White House talking about immigration & # 39 ;, Grassley told The Washington Post in an interview. & # 39; They have not achieved much, so they have to find another way to make themselves seem important. & # 39;
He also suggested that the White House chief of staff was not involved in the reported changes at DHS. & # 39; He didn't seem to know who I was talking about, & # 39; Grassley said about Mick Mulvaney.
Kobach, in his appearance on Fox News Monday night, pushed a full-steam-ahead plan of the type that makes Grassley and other moderates nervous.
He said he would prevent illegal immigrants from sending money home until Mexico agreed to accept Central American asylum seekers.
& # 39; I would like to do to publish a regulation that tells Mexico in so many words, no, your illegal foreigners in the United States can no longer send money home, you cannot implement things through Western Union. You could do that with a Treasury arrangement, & he said on Fox News Monday night.
He added that he would tell Mexico that the regulation would become final unless the country signs a & # 39; Safe Third Country & # 39; agreement, as the United States has with Canada.
Under that agreement, people applying for refugee status must first submit their claim to the first country where they arrive, either the United States or Canada, unless they are eligible for an exception.
& # 39; They can't walk all the way through Mexico and then say: & # 39; Oh, we are requesting asylum in the United States & # 39;, & # 39; said Kobach.
Kobach's plans also tie in with the tougher attitude of the White House adviser, Stephen Miller (above)
The Ministry of Internal Security Secretary is in chaos after Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen has resigned, followed by a massive commotion of staff
During the 2016 election, Trump insisted on a similar plan as a way to get Mexico to pay for his border wall.
Trump outlined a three-day proposal that would prohibit money-transferring companies such as Western Union from transferring funds outside the United States to someone who could not prove that they were legally in the United States.
The administration would do that on day one propose a regulation that & # 39; no foreigner may transfer from outside the United States unless the foreign national first presents a document proving that he is legally in the United States & # 39; – which means that illegal immigrants from Mexico in the United States are unable to return money.
On day two, the Trump team notes that they expect Mexico to protest. Team Trump debated Mexico: “They receive about $ 24 billion a year in remittances from Mexican citizens working in the United States. The majority of that amount comes from illegal aliens. It serves as the actual well-being for poor families in Mexico.
The campaign did not provide details on where it had obtained the $ 24 billion figure.
& # 39; Tell Mexico on Day 3 that if the Mexican government contributes the money the United States needs to pay the wall, the Trump government will not proclaim the final rule and the regulation will not come into effect & # 39 ;, the document said.
Kobach has a long history of hard visions of immigration. He has called for stricter voter identification laws in the United States and he has worked to remove names from the electoral roll in his position as Secretary of State.
He led a highly criticized presidential advisory committee on election integrity for President Trump.
Kobach also told Fox News that he would use trailers along the border to set up processing centers to assess asylum applications there.
& # 39; Instead of releasing these fake asylum seekers on American streets to never be seen again, let's put them in mobile homes. Let us process their claims. Let's send the jury members inside. Have the claims processed there. Once their claim has been denied, place them on a passenger plane and immediately fly them back home. Word comes out in the villages home, it no longer works to get into these caravans. You will not be released in the United States, & he said.
He also said that he would write a new regulation to migrant families who would not be separated but could be held together.
& # 39; In short, it's how the United States can hold a complete family unit together so that your families wouldn't divorce and hold them for as long as needed. That could be done tomorrow, & he said.
Trump wanted to restore his family separation policy as part of a harder fight against prosecuting those who crossed the border illegally, CNN reported. He urged Nielsen to implement such a plan, a pressure that eased the tensions between the two.