President Donald Trump’s administration stepped up pressure on the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on Tuesday, raising the likelihood that it might fire more senior officials as the agency struggles with a surge of immigrants on the U.S.-Mexico border, ONA reports citing Reuters.
Two days after Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen announced her departure, a senior administration official said others at DHS were not doing enough to crack down on immigration, a top priority of Trump’s since the day he announced his candidacy for the White House four years ago.
Several DHS officials could be forced out soon, said an official familiar with the matter.
Among them were the department’s acting No. 2 official, Claire Grady, the source said, DHS general counsel John Mitnick and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director Francis Cissna. A DHS spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the officials’ expected tenure.
Trump denied that he was overhauling DHS and said his administration was fighting “bad laws” on immigration and a court system that “never ever rules for us” - a frequent refrain of his as a succession of policies to curb entry to the United States have been met with legal challenges by civil rights advocates.