White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said, "The President is committed to fixing our broken immigration system and our porous borders. We are a country of laws and the president and his administration will enforce them", she responded. He urged voters to "give me some reinforcements, please" in the form of new Republican members.
Homeland Security Director Kirstjen Nielsen told staffers that she almost submitted her resignation Wednesday after President Trump reprimanded her in front of the entire cabinet, several officials familiar told the New York Times.
Today's Washington Post, however, reports that Nielsen did not threaten to resign. "Why don't you have solutions?" Attorney General Jeff Sessions defended her, saying the administration was looking for new ways to deter illegal crossings.
"I think we should fold all of the TPS people that have been here for a considerable period of time and find a way for them to be on a path to citizenship", Kelly said.More news: Iranians among dead in Israel strikes on Syria Thursday - monitor
Nielsen in a statement on Thursday, said she shared Trump's frustration that "active Loop Holes and the lack of Allied actions have prevented this government out of fully procuring the border and shielding the American folks". While doing so, he got furious at Nielsen and blamed her for not introducing enough measures to stop border crossings. "It's frustrating to have your boss unhappy about that".
The New York Times, which first reported Thursday afternoon that Trump had berated Nielsen, said that she had told colleagues she was close to resigning, citing several current and former officials familiar with the episode. Nielsen herself did not deny that the meeting had been contentious or that she had almost resigned.
What Trump didn't note when conveying those orders, however, is that the US has a domestic and global legal obligation to process any immigrant who comes to its borders seeking asylum.
While the president rages at the limits of his power, he has found other outlets to express his anti-immigration agenda.More news: Surging Capitals cruise past Lightning in Game 1
On Monday, Justice Department officials announced that border agents will refer 100 percent of illegal crossings for prosecution, a decision that will most likely result in more family separations. The Times report claimed that she was "miserable" in her job according to a "person close to Ms. Nielsen".
Chief of Staff John Kelly, Nielsen's top ally who recommended her to Trump for the Homeland Security job, also was present. "They don't have skills".
"They're overwhelmingly rural people", he told NPR. They're coming here for a reason.
When Kelly was asked whether it is "cruel and heartless" to separate mothers and children, he seemed to shrug.More news: Wayne Rooney Agrees Deal In Principle With His Next Club
Trump has let his frustration surrounding immigration issues be known to the public, especially recently, as a caravan of about 150 migrants from Central America made its way to the southern border. Many of them have lived in the USA for more than a decade. In January, the president instructed the Department of Homeland Security to end the provisional status for 195,000 Salvadorans; in November, he ordered out about 46,000 Haitians, giving them only a few months to leave the country.