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The name of the White House leader has been associated with the recent upheavals of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), while the President is seeking more and more like-minded allies in the application of the law on immigration and the reduction of the flow of migrants in the country. Over the past four days, Trump has withdrawn his leadership candidate from the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Division (ICE), announced the resignation of Nielsen and ousted the Chief of Staff. secret Service.
Opponents of increased immigration have welcomed Nielsen's departure and a shift in strategy that is heading in the right direction. They quoted Miller, a former Sen Senate staffer at the time. Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsNYT columnist Frank Bruni: Working for Trump as an "acid bath" A federal judge stands alongside asylum seekers during periods of detention A bipartisan bill aimed at to protect legal cannabis companies is presented PLUS (R-Ala.), As a positive presence in the promotion of Trump's immigration program.
However, immigrant rights groups and even Trump supporters fear that the President, with Miller's encouragement, is stepping up his crackdown on illegal immigration, with potentially disastrous results.
"[Trump] listen and coordinate with a guy who has never had legislative success as a staff member, "said The Hill, a Trump loyalist who advised the campaign. "We will end up with the same result every time."
A key voice in the development and implementation of its travel ban, refugee reduction and immigration reform negotiations, Miller appears to be playing a major role in reshaping the Department of Homeland Security by administration.
He was reportedly being pressured to induce Nielsen to withdraw, and CNN said Miller would like Trump to dismiss Lee Cissna, director of US citizenship and immigration services, and DHS general counsel John. Mitnick, as part of more general changes within the agency.
The White House did not answer questions about Miller's involvement in Nielsen's departure, nor about the fact that he plays a role in choosing his successor and did not let Miller available for comment.
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Critics of Miller, 33, say it is a major stumbling block to any compromise on a draft law on immigration reform.
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"The plot of the palace about how this happened is for me a little useless," he said.
The reshuffle of senior DHS officials comes as the president has strongly shifted to immigration in recent weeks. He said the national emergency was to build a wall, urging those heading to the country to "turn around" and threaten to close the US-Mexico border.
On Friday, he withdrew the candidacy of Ronald Vitiello at the head of the agency responsible for the enforcement of immigration law.
"We are going in a slightly different direction," he said. "Ron is a good man. But we are going in a more difficult direction. We want to go in a more difficult direction. "
Trump hired Customs and Border Protection Officer Kevin McAleenan as the new Acting Secretary of Homeland Security. The selection of a border patrol leader to lead a large agency that also oversees electoral security, cyber-threat and terrorism prevention highlights the president's singular attention to immigration.
Groups that support stricter immigration laws have largely supported the change in leadership, calling it a delay.
Officials from NumbersUSA and the Center for Immigration Studies suggested that Nielsen was not well informed about immigration issues, highlighting her cybersecurity background and that she was not proactive enough to deal with the flow of migrants to the southern border.
Rosemary Jenks, Director of Government Relations at NumbersUSA, congratulated Trump for canceling Vitiello's bid and expressed hope that McAleenan's mandate at the DHS summit would be short-lived.
She asserted that neither one nor the other had been effective in their previous role and that Nielsen's replacement had to be someone who was loyal to Trump's policies and in whom law enforcement would have confidence.
She and Mark Krikorian, executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies, have both pleaded for keeping Cissna in office, even though the head of United Citizenship and Immigration Services would be at the center of the program. Miller's attention.
"That might be the biggest mistake this administration has made since taking office," Krikorian said of Cissna's potential departure.
Krikorian and Jenks consider Miller's influence as one and the same person in a major operation, but note that he is an important ally in the implementation of the president's immigration agenda.
Krikorian credited him as a staff member who "fought to try to move the administration in the right direction with regard to immigration". Krikorian acknowledged that staff members had "mixed results" so far.
The campaign advisor said Miller did not seem to have a viable plan to tackle the immigration system.
"I do not think the president is happy that the Trump brand has been a failure in immigration," said the advisor. "And he has someone to blame for that: Stephen."
Immigrant rights groups have suggested that it would be pretty much the same, or that the Trump administration's policies could get worse if Miller continues to lead the president.
"Every policy that Trump and Stephen Miller want is either impossible, illegal or immoral," said Douglas Rivlin, communications director of America Voice, in a statement. "Their simplistic deterrence strategy only misinterprets the complexity of the challenge and will only make the situation worse."
It has long been said that Nielsen is on the block. The President reportedly expressed frustration that she had not done enough to discourage illegal immigration and had sometimes insulted her in front of other officials.
While Nielsen was sticking to Trump's policies and defending the separation of migrant families at the border last year, NBC News reported that his legal opposition to Trump's desire to resume separations contributed to his ouster.
On Friday, Nielsen sat in two chair seats while he was talking with law enforcement officials at a roundtable in Calexico, California. She then walked with him while he was visiting a reinforced wall section at the border.
"This is our new statement: the system is full," Trump told Nielsen Friday. "I can not take you anymore. Whether it is asylum, all you want is illegal immigration. We can not take you anymore. "
Trump announced about 48 hours later that Nielsen was leaving the administration.
In her first public comments since the announcement, Nielsen told reporters that she would work to ensure a smooth transition before its release on Wednesday.
"I share the President's goal of securing the border," she said. "I will continue to support all efforts to resolve the humanitarian and security crisis at the border, and other than that, I am about to continue doing what I can for the next few days."
Jordan Fabian has contributed.