President Donald Trump’s ousting of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen has some Republicans concerned that it could negatively affect their efforts to curb illegal immigration, The Washington Post reports.
Trump announced last Sunday that Nielsen will step down from her post in the midst of a rise in illegal immigration. Trump also announced that Secret Service head Randolph “Tex” Alles will step down soon.
“Strikes me as just a frustration of not being able to solve a problem. Honestly, it wasn’t Secretary Nielsen’s fault. It wasn’t for lack of effort on her part. I don’t know if there’s anybody who’s going to be able to do more,” said Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, told Politico.
He added that the situation in Washington and on the border is “a mess.”
Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, told the Post on Monday that he is “very, very concerned” that Lee Francis Cissna, the director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, could be the next top Homeland Security official to leave.
“One, those are good public servants,” Grassley said. “Secondly, besides the personal connection I have with them and the qualifications they have, they are the intellectual basis for what the president wants to accomplish in immigration.”
Grassley’s fellow Iowa Republican, Sen. Joni Ernst, the fifth-highest ranking Republican in the Senate, added that she “thought that Nielsen was doing a fantastic job. I would love to see some continuity. I think that’s important.”
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