Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen doesn't directly deny resignation report

Blanche Robertson
May 14, 2018

New questions after briefing on Niger Dems get testy twice with Trump Homeland Security chief The Hill's 12:30 Report - Sponsored by Pfizer - Trump expected to exit Iran deal MORE was reportedly close to resigning after President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump greets 3 American detainees freed by North Korea Trump called Blankenship after Senate primary loss: report Education Dept to relax rules restricting faith-based institutions from getting federal aid MORE berated her during a Cabinet meeting.

According to DHS data, there were about 30,186 total cases of foreign nationals claiming credible fear and thus requesting asylum in the US between October and December 2017 - at the same time that an amnesty for illegal aliens was being considered by Congress and President Trump's administration.

Homeland Security spokesman Tyler Houlton posted on Twitter that the report is not accurate and Nielsen was not close to resigning.

Nielsen also released a statement in wake of the incident where she said she shared the president's frustrations but didn't exactly deny the fact she penned her resignation.

While the president rages at the limits of his power, he has found other outlets to express his anti-immigration agenda.

In return, Nielsen reportedly defended her stance and cited laws in several instances to support her comments.

Trump's anger was not only directed towards Nielsen, who he believed was the leading authority in stopping illegal immigration, according to The Times. "They don't have skills", Kelly argued.

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"They're overwhelmingly rural people", he told NPR. They're coming here for a reason, and I sympathize with the reason. "I share his frustration", Nielsen said, according to CNN. "The children will be taken care of-put into foster care or whatever".

Trump's tirade went on so long that many present began fidgeting in their seats and flashing grimaces, White House aides said.

But he said many of those with temporary protected status, or TPS, resulting from natural disasters or conflict have lived in the USA for decades, and that Congress should act to make them legal. In past administrations, this temporary status was regularly extended, allowing hundreds of thousands of people to become de facto Americans, with legal status, jobs, and families, if not full citizenship.

In late April, the president tasked Nielsen's Department of Homeland Security to contain and break up the traveling migrants.

Earlier this month, the Department of Homeland Security said it would end protections for 57,000 Hondurans in January 2020, leaving them vulnerable to deportation.

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