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    Possible Border Policy Changes? CBP Boss Kevin McAleenan to Replace DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen

    Possible Border Policy Changes? CBP Boss Kevin McAleenan to Replace DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen

    McAleenan has respect from both parties, but will he have the toughness desired by Trump?

    Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen resigned on Sunday after butting heads with President Donald Trump over policy and border control issues. He recently asked her “to close the ports of entry along the border and to stop accepting asylum seekers, which Ms. Nielsen found ineffective and inappropriate.”

    Trump has chosen US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Commissioner Kevin McAleenan as acting DHS secretary, but will he have the toughness Trump desires in the role? Some officials told CNN that they don’t consider McAleenan “an ideologue or fire breather” when it comes to immigration.

    McAleenan began his career in 2001. President Barack Obama appointed him as deputy commissioner of CBP in 2017. He became the commissioner in March 2018 after the Senate confirmed him, 77-19.

    It looks like McAleenan has respect from both Democrats and Republicans. The Washington Post reported that he “is generally well-liked by leaders in both parties and is viewed as a neutral, technocratic law enforcement official, rather than an immigration hawk.” While he travels to the border a lot to speak to officials and observe the situation, he also takes the time to speak with those who fled their countries and want asylum in America.

    Former acting ICE Director Tom Homan told Fox News that Trump made the right choice because McAleenan “knows border issues, and he can hit the ground running.”

    Homan believes McAleenan “will think outside the box” and “put his foot on the gas.”

    McAleenan has shown agreement with Trump about the border. He told The El Paso Times that “the border has hit a ‘breaking point'” during a visit in March:

    The immigration system “breaking point has arrived this week,” McAleenan said.

    “CBP is facing an unprecedented humanitarian and border security crisis all along our Southwest Border — and nowhere has that crisis manifested more acutely than here in El Paso,” McAleenan said.

    In the past two mornings, border officers took more than 12,000 migrants into custody along the border, McAleenan said.

    “A high number is 4,000 — 6,000 is crisis level,” McAleenan said. “Twelve thousand is unprecedented. On Monday, we saw the highest total of apprehensions and encounters in years, with over 4,000 in a single day.”

    He continued, “We are now on pace for over 100,000 apprehensions and encounters with migrants, with 90 percent — 90,000 — crossing the border illegally between ports of entry. March will be the highest month in over a decade.”

    McAleenan has tried to pressure Congress to fix our immigration system, especially by passing policy to expedite political asylum claims made by migrants since he found “that 10 to 15 percent of migrants have legitimate asylum claims, but it will take years for those claims to be heard in court.”

    While many have blamed Trump, the DHS, and CBP for the problems at the border, it appears that officials like McAleenan have done everything they can to run the situation smoothly. They need that help from Congress.

    This is why some say that McAleenan is the correct choice. From The Washington Post:

    A DHS official said McAleenan is a well-timed pick to engage Democrats as the Trump administration clamors for more money for border enforcement. The official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said McAleenan could engage Democrats “a lot more effectively” than Nielsen because of his deeper understanding of the issues unfolding on the border.

    John Sandweg, a former acting director of ICE under Obama and a top aide to then-DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano, said McAleenan is a quality leader who will do “an incredible job.”

    “McAleenan is a very smart guy and very competent. He’s enforcement-focused but not an ideological figure,” Sandweg said. “This administration likes tough-talking, sound-bite guys, and that’s not Kevin. He’s not a big loud talker, or the kind of guy who will say outrageous things to sound tough.”

    After reading about McAleenan, I believe he is the right fit and hope he continues to pressure Congress to make changes. THAT is where the solution lies. Not with DHS, ICE, or CBP. Congress has to tackle our immigration system.

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    “Homan believes McAleenan “will think outside the box” and “put his foot on the gas.””

    And he’ll behave metaphorically in numerous other ways as well.

    He sounds like a competent guy, but we need more than competence. We need a nasty, aggressive [email protected]@rd who will do what is necessary at the border without consideration of collateral damage.

      JusticeDelivered in reply to MTED. | April 8, 2019 at 11:43 am

      I agree, rather than giving them a hearing date and releasing them, we need to give the a bullet, and release the body. We have 20-30 million illegals, over twenty years they will turn into that plus 65-100 million additional anchor babies. That is a staggering impact on our society, and the second generation will be much worse.

        herm2416 in reply to JusticeDelivered. | April 8, 2019 at 1:12 pm

        I don’t agree with the bullet idea; however, you are spot on with the impact of the numbers.

          JusticeDelivered in reply to herm2416. | April 8, 2019 at 3:58 pm

          I am frustrated, illegals cost our society in so many ways, and there is no end in sight. They mock us and somehow we need to change the dynamics of the situation.

          As far as I am concerned, one American life is worth more than all the illegals.

          These SOBs have effectively annexed southern California. Will anything short of lethal force change their conduct?

          isn’t allowing this charade to continue dishonoring everyone who died or was maimed defending America? Did they make the ultimate sacrifice only to hand America over to the latest wave of invading barbarians?

    ScottTheEngineer | April 8, 2019 at 1:11 pm

    They need to go after the organizers of these waves. These were all setup while Obama was in office and I guarantee they’re using our tax money to bus them up from south America. Sorry, but they aren’t walking over a thousand miles with a backpack and no food.

    Close The Fed | April 8, 2019 at 1:54 pm

    Kris Korbach is the man for the job.

    Hands down.

    Sally MJ | April 8, 2019 at 2:27 pm

    Trump should have forced her to resign last year.

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