Some Republicans are beginning to wake up to the reality of what is underway currently in the White House and as regards the Department of Homeland Security — and broadly, Trump’s immigration policy in general.
While even northern Republicans have thus far been content to simply allow the President to set his own goals for immigration and follow up on them as he sees fit, some are now alarmed by the apparent appointment by Trump of his white nationalist aide Stephen Miller to oversee the transition of DHS from what used to be an agency primarily concerned with preventing further terrorist attacks against the United States at the inception of the huge government program to one that seems to simply be targeting all brown people for removal from the country.
At the urging of Miller, Trump has forced out Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, USCIS Director Lee Cissna, and even the chief of the Secret Service, Tex Alles. Even more are on the chopping block as Trump and Miller make their way through what seems to be a list of loyalists who either make the cut or are eliminated based on how much they’re willing to bend the rules and sacrifice for the cause of “securing the border” — even through extralegal means.
Senior Republican Senators have even weighed in on the events, with Iowa dinosaur Chuck Grassley lamenting the loss of Cissna at US Customs and Immigration, as well as the likely firing of Cissna’s strategist at that agency, Kathy Neubel Kovarik, who Grassley told reporters were “doing in an intellectual-like way what the president wants to accomplish. So no, they should not go.”
Majority Whip John Cornyn, the senior Senator in the actual border state of Texas, went further:
It’s a mess. Honestly, it wasn’t Secretary Nielsen’s fault. It wasn’t for lack of effort on her part. I don’t know if there’s anybody who’s going to be able to do more.”
What will GOP traditionalists like Grassley and Cornyn do if Trump allows Miller to purge the agency entirely and install more white nationalists? It doesn’t look like much, so far.
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