Report: Trump Has Been Lobbying ‘For Months’ to Reinstate Migrant Family Separation Policy
A day after Kirstjen Nielsen resigned as Secretary of Homeland Security, MSNBC reported on Monday President Donald Trump has been pushing “for months” for the government to reinstate the family separation policy for migrants caught crossing the border.
“For months now the president has been urging his administration to reinstate the family separation policy,” MSNBC’s Julia Ainsely said. “This is what was in place last May and June. To do this on a large-scale level as he looked at these numbers rise over January and into April. He’s seeing numbers of families coming across, he is convinced the only thing that could bring them back, according to one official with direct knowledge, is to start separating them, again. That was the policy that worked.”
“Nielsen resisted that. She said from the legal perspective the courts have already enjoined that policy because they ordered the reunification of those families and the president reversing his own executive order that put a pause on that on the end of zero tolerance,” she continued. “So, she has said legally he just can’t do it. The president got irate. I’m hearing there were heated exchanges and from two people we know close to this, apparently, Nielsen’s resistance was a big factor that led to her dismissal yesterday.”
Posting her letter of resignation yesterday, Nielsen said, “I could not be prouder of and more humbled by their service, dedication, and commitment to keep our country safe from all threats and hazards”:
Its been an honor of a lifetime to serve with the brave men and women of @DHSgov. I could not be prouder of and more humbled by their service, dedication, and commitment to keep our country safe from all threats and hazards. pic.twitter.com/lIQ5iqGDmF
— Sec. Kirstjen Nielsen (@SecNielsen) April 7, 2019
Watch above, via MSNBC.
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