Kirstjen Nielsen sworn in as DHS secretary

  • Kirstjen Nielsen sworn in as DHS secretary

Kirstjen Nielsen sworn in as DHS secretary

Law360, Washington (December 5, 2017, 7:00 PM EST) - The U.S. Senate on Tuesday voted to confirm President Donald Trump's second Homeland Security secretary, despite opponents who cited her lack of management experience.

With more than a third of the Senate voting against her, Nielsen's margin of approval was the narrowest ever for the confirmation of a DHS secretary. "I am confident that Kirstjen's mission-focused style of leadership will help her succeed in leading the men and women of DHS and ensuring we reform and improve the Department", said McCaul. "She has been working in and around the Department of Homeland Security since its creation".

It is responsible for the fight against terrorism, border guards, customs, coastguard and crisis response.

Nielsen "is ready to answer this call to duty", Johnson said.

"I can't unequivocally state it's caused by humans", she said. But Nielsen told the Senate's homeland security panel that "there is no need for a wall from sea to shining sea".

Nielsen comes to the job largely on the power of his endorsement.

"As our country continues to face ever-evolving threats at home and overseas, it is critical - now more than ever - that we have an experienced and apolitical leader at the Department of Homeland Security to work with us in our efforts to keep New Hampshire and the United States safe, secure, and free", said Sen.

As DHS secretary, Nielsen will head an agency charged with protecting America's borders, squashing cybersecurity threats and leading the response to natural disasters. However, this will be a major issue for the new DHS secretary to address.

The newly confirmed secretary also pledged during her confirmation hearing to continue implementing Trump's aggressive immigration agenda.

The Trump administration announced in September it would end the program, which allows undocumented immigrants brought into the country as children to live and work. However, Dougherty's statement on October 3 indicated that the administration's termination of DACA was not as thorough as most people were led to believe.

As we noted in that report, the Trump administration's actions left Original DACA recipients unaffected. However, Trump's recent statement indicates that instead of eliminating DACA, he merely wants to legitimize it by replacing Obama's executive orders with legislative authority. Ultimately, however, it is the president and Congress who must define what our national immigration policy must be.