Senate Approves Trump's Homeland Security Pick

Peter Castro
December 7, 2017

The Senate voted 62 to 37 on December 5 to confirm Kirstjen Nielsen (shown) as the next secretary of Homeland Security.

She also condemned white nationalism, rejected Islamophobia and promised to make cybersecurity a top priority.

As we reported in October, Michael Dougherty, assistant DHS secretary for Border Immigration and Trade, said at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on October 3 that the Trump administration would support legislation allowing illegal immigrants who came to the United States as children to gain lawful permanent status and eventually citizenship.

"Ms. Nielsen will be charged with leading the department at a critical time", he said.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellTop GOP senators say they have the votes to pass tax bill Angus King on GOP tax push: "To call this a circus would be an insult to circuses" McConnell works to salvage tax bill MORE (R-Ky.) urged senators to back her nomination ahead of Tuesday's vote.

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Democrats complained that Nielsen lacks the experience needed to run a major agency with 240,000 employees. On Tuesday, the Senate confirmed her nomination.

In January, soon after Trump took office, senators confirmed Kelly 88-11. Bush. endorsed Nielsen's nomination.

"It has been an honor to serve as the Department's Acting Secretary, and I look forward to working alongside Ms. Nielsen as her deputy as we continue to carry out the DHS mission of safeguarding the American people, our homeland, and our values", she said in a statement. DHS has denied that Duke plans to quit. Ten Democrats joined in the vote to confirm Nielsen on December 5, with no Republicans voting against. Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), said she had concerns about the new secretary's independence.

Homeland Security oversees the nation's borders, cybersecurity and response to natural disasters, among other areas. During her confirmation hearing, she told senators she learned key lessons about emergency management by having a front-row seat to the botched response to Hurricane Katrina.

Nielsen's appointment comes after President Donald Trump nominated her to replace former boss John Kelly, who moved to become Trump's chief of staff.

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