With the resignation of Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, speculation grew as to why she would leave her post now after all that has happened. Nielsen’s legacy will go on as an official who not only went along with President Donald Trump’s “zero-tolerance” policy but also supported it under oath. While separating families didn’t push her to resign before, we may have an indication as to why she did so now.
The Washington Post is reporting that the Trump Administration wanted to relocate asylum seekers and detained immigrants currently in detention centers on the southern border to sanctuary cities throughout the country. The plan, reportedly executed by Trump senior advisor Stephen Miller, was nixed by the DHS because it would have been illegal.
According to the New York Times, May Davis, the deputy White House policy coordinator, wrote an email on Nov. 16, that said: “The idea has been raised by one to two principals that, if we are unable to build sufficient temporary housing, that caravan members be bussed to small- and mid-sized sanctuary cities,” and added, “There is not a White House decision on this.”
CNN confirmed that this was, in fact, a proposal by the Trump Administration.
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— ACLU (@ACLU) April 12, 2019