Compared to most Trump appointees, Kirstjen Nielsen enjoyed a surprisingly easy path to her Senate confirmation as General John Kelly’s replacement as DHS Secretary.
Almost too easy.
Confirmed on Tuesday and sworn in Wednesday, Dems seem as eager for the former special assistant to George W. Bush to get started as the administration that appointed her, which does beg the question – why? Could Nelson’s appointment to such a critical position actually be detrimental to the agenda that President Trump ran and got elected on?
Daily Caller Deputy Editor Scott Greer opines:
…Trump supporters should take pause at the confirmation of the new Department of Homeland Security chief. As the agency most involved in enacting the president’s immigration agenda, it is essential for someone to head DHS who shares the same priorities that got Trump elected.
Unfortunately, Nielsen’s public statements make it seem that her view of immigration policy isn’t exactly complimentary with an America First agenda.
In her testimony before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, Nielsen stated that America “owe[s]” amnesty to illegal aliens who came to the country as minors.
“I believe that we must and we owe it to them to find a permanent solution,” she said of the recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
Greer notes that, rather than what makes sense for America and Americans, Nielsen’s words confer “a moral purpose to giving illegal immigrants amnesty,” a belief that “gives Democrats the high ground in negotiations.” How is the Trump administration going to gain anything of note to further their agenda, such as a wall or an end to chain migration, in exchange for a DACA deal, if they’ve already admitted the basic morality of the Democrat position?
What’s worse, Nielsen doesn’t even believe in a wall, although she does advocate a “virtual wall,” albeit one that can change with any succeeding administration.
“There is no need for a wall from sea to shining sea,” said Nielson to the Senate committee.
In a pro-mass immigration report Nielsen wrote for the World Economic Forum in 2016, she considered Europe’s mass Muslim migrant problem an opportunity.
“The key policy issue confronting Europe is not whether to accept forced migrants but rather how to turn the associated challenges into opportunities,” Nielsen wrote. “Reframing the discourse surrounding refugees from one of risk to one that recognizes the substantial social and economic contribution they can make to their host societies is increasingly important in light of the current large-scale influx of migrants into Europe.”
And this is America’s new DHS Secretary? How exactly do any of Nielsen’s position align with Trump’s America First agenda?
These past statements should certainly give Trump supporters concern that she will fully carry out the president’s tough immigration policies. It makes sense why NumbersUSA, a prominent immigration reduction group, came out against her nomination.
The arguments in favor of Nielsen becoming DHS secretary have left much to be desired. The Heritage Foundation’s James Carafano wrote an op-ed in October that praised the DHS pick as “tough” based on the author knowing her. Outside of Carafano’s word on the matter, there was no evidence offered in the op-ed that Nielsen would be tough on immigration issues.
“The people didn’t vote for the immigration agenda of the World Economic Forum,” concludes Greer.
Indeed, they did not. Time will tell if the people got someone at DHS who will uphold the law and Trump’s agenda regardless of personal feelings.
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