Senate Confirms Kirstjen Nielsen to Lead DHS

Kirstjen Nielsen Confirmed As New DHS Secretary

Kirstjen Nielsen Confirmed As New DHS Secretary

The Senate confirmed President Donald Trump's pick to lead the Department of Homeland Security Tuesday, almost two months after John Kelly left the agency to be the president's chief of staff.

Kirstjen Nielsen was confirmed by the Senate to take over as Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security.

Nielsen also will be the only DHS secretary who has previously worked at the department.

"By confirming Ms. Nielsen's nomination to lead the DHS, this Senate will take a serious step to strengthen our nation's security", Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky said in a statement.

Nielsen served at DHS as chief of staff under former head John Kelly in the early days of the Trump administration.

Her confirmation came on a day when DHS reclaimed substantial success in slowing illegal immigration across the southern border and arresting and deporting criminal aliens.

Some Democrats, on the other hand, complained Nielsen lacks the experience needed to run a major agency, and cited concerns over Trump administration policy. "She has been working in and around the Department of Homeland Security since its creation". She followed Kelly to the White House when the former Marine general replaced the beleaguered Reince Priebus as Trump's chief of staff.

The Senate confirmed Nielsen 62-37, with 11 members of the Democratic caucus joining the Republicans and Tennessee Republican Sen.

And in a statement released after the Senate confirmed Nielsen, Sen.

Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas), the chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee and a onetime prospect for the DHS top job, said, "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". The DHS has 22 subagencies, including immigration enforcement, transportation security, disaster preparedness and response, the Secret Service, and the Coast Guard.

Kirstjen Nielsen, President Donald Trump's nominee to be Secretary of Homeland Security. She also criticized her reluctance during confirmation hearings to accept human behavior as a cause of global climate change and said Nielsen has "equivocated on protecting 'dreamers, ' " those brought to the country illegally as children and shielded from deportation under Obama.

She was also part of the White House Homeland Security Council under President George W. Bush's administration.

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