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Mon Apr 8, 2019, 10:44 PM

White House Seeks Tighter Grip on Immigration Policy

WASHINGTON—President Trump is shaking up the top ranks of the Department of Homeland Security and has instructed White House advisers to take a more direct role implementing immigration policy in an effort to slow the rise in families illegally crossing the southern border.

Those efforts accelerated Sunday with the departure of Kirstjen Nielsen as secretary of the sprawling agency that oversees the U.S.’s immigration and national-security apparatus.

Mr. Trump in recent days privately signaled he may oust the director of Citizenship and Immigration Services. Last week, he pulled his nominee to run Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Randolph Alles, the Secret Service director who the White House said was departing on Monday, said in a memo to his staff that the administration had told him weeks ago that “transitions in leadership should be expected across the Department of Homeland Security.”

Mr. Trump has also told aides he wants to reinstate his family-separation policy, which provoked a political outcry when it was implemented last spring, in order to deter would-be migrants. An administration official said Mr. Trump recently told Stephen Miller, one of his most hard-line advisers: “You’re in charge” of the administration’s immigration policy.

Immigration policy was a central plank of Mr. Trump’s 2016 campaign, and the Republican president has indicated he plans to run on the issue again as he seeks re-election next year. The White House remains restricted in how far it can go by the courts, which have repeatedly ruled against the president’s immigration initiatives. On Monday, a federal judge blocked an administration policy of returning asylum seekers to Mexico.

In an effort to ensure Mr. Trump’s preferred official—Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan—takes control of the department, White House officials are pushing the acting deputy secretary, Claire Grady, to resign, according to people familiar with the matter. If Ms. Grady is still serving in that role when Ms. Nielsen officially steps down on Wednesday, a federal statute would require her to be named acting secretary, instead of Mr. McAleenan.


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Mon Apr 8, 2019, 11:09 PM

1. It's the simplest of all possible political calculations ... as long as IQ45 is as BIG A DICK as

humanely possible when it comes to the subject of brown people coming to the United States, his 'base' will continue to applaud him LITERALLY NO MATTER WHAT else he does, or what else happens to this Country.

He has them all 'by the nose', led by their xenophobia and racism, convinced utterly that brown people are the source of all their problems, and the biggest source of trouble, crime, and expense for the Country, period. Even though it's demonstrably untrue ... they don't care. He feeds and validates their hatred, and that's all they need to see.

And as long as his 'base' of deplorable assholes doesn't abandon him, the Republicans in the Senate will continue to fulfill his every wish, lest they become casualties in the next election cycle.

It's truly a deeply sick and disturbing example of what can go horribly wrong even in a fairly well-designed and long-lived democracy.

You know who else figured out this exact same calculus, oh, about 85 years ago, in Europe?

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