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Senate Advances Kirstjen Nielsen's Nomination for DHS Secretary Post


US Senate upgrades security expert Kirstjen Nielsen to Secretary of Homeland Security by 62 to 37 votes, DPA reported. She served as Kelly's chief of staff at DHS and eventually moved with him to the White House, serving as deputy chief of staff.

Nielsen will take over from Acting Secretary Elaine Duke who has been serving in the role since July when Kelly left to take over as White House chief of staff.

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". No Republicans opposed her nomination.

"She has equivocated on protecting Dreamers and overlooked reports of DHS' management failures", Harris said. By confirming Ms. Nielsen's nomination to lead DHS, the Senate will take a serious step to strengthen our nation's security.

Early in her career she worked at the Transportation Security Administration and then as a White House adviser for emergency preparedness and disaster management under President George W. Bush. Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del., asked during her confirmation hearing, according to The Hill.

President Trump congratulates Kirstjen Nielsen, the newly confirmed Homeland Security secretary, during a White House ceremony in October to announce her nomination. -Mexican border, saying that she does not support building a wall along the entire length of the border.

On other topics, Nielsen said she agreed with Kelly that a U.S. -Mexico border wall is unlikely to be a physical barrier from "sea to shining sea".

Homeland Security has been leading the charge on implementing Trump's aggressive immigration agenda, and Nielsen pledged to continue that work.

She'll be the department's first Senate-confirmed secretary in months.

Surely, as a USA senator, Hasssan should realize that members of the cabinet (except for the vice president) serve at the pleasure of the president, who can dismiss them at will for no cause.

One of the Democrats who voted against Nielsen, Sen.

The key Cabinet position, created after the terror attacks of September 11, 2001, oversees a myriad of agencies tasked with protecting the USA and managing immigration and customs. In a letter to Congress, they praised Nielsen's understanding of cybersecurity.

Her position will also drop her into the middle of multiple immigration fights, as senators debate how to address the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. However, this will be a major issue for the new DHS secretary to address. 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.