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Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan said Tuesday that his department needed more troops on the southern border, where he expected to leverage a “robust partnership” with the Department of Defense and continue making rapid progress on a barrier blocking unauthorized entry.

He was responding to Fox News host Dana Perino on “The Daily Briefing” when she asked how he planned, without additional funding from Congress, to give voters the sense that the administration was making progress building the border wall that the president had made a central part of his 2016 campaign.

“We’re going to show a lot of progress this year,” he told Perino, noting that wall construction had already outpaced the progress seen in federal projects of similar size. “We’ve already built the FY17 funding in less than two years. That shows how aggressively we’re moving out on this.”

He also pointed to support from the Department of Defense, which he said has been “critically engaged” in border security and freed up the border patrol to focus on primary law enforcement duties.

FORMER ICE ACTING DIRECTOR ON BORDER: ‘THIS IS A CRISIS I’VE NEVER SEEN BEFORE AT THIS LEVEL’

Earlier in the day, Trump tweeted that the wall was “being rapidly built.” “The Wall is being rapidly built! The Economy is GREAT! Our Country is Respected again!” he said.

For much of the president’s first term, he and congressional Democrats repeatedly clashed over the border wall. When the two sides couldn’t agree on the issue at the end of 2018, the government shut down and only re-opened alongside Trump’s decision to declare a national emergency in order to expedite wall funding.

Trump has taken a multi-faceted approach to immigration policy and faced legal challenges to many of his decisions. On Tuesday, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments on his administration’s decision to ask about citizenship on the 2020 Census — a move Democrats blasted as illegal.

HOUSE DEMS FAIL TO OVERRIDE TRUMP VETO IN FIGHT OVER BORDER EMERGENCY DECLARATION

During his interview with Perino, McAleenan reiterated the president’s concern about the law surrounding unaccompanied minors and migrant families at the border. He highlighted two particular changes he’d like to see from Congress.

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“The two targeted changes we need the most are the ability to detain families together through a fair and expeditious immigration proceeding,” he said.

“And secondly, the ability to have unaccompanied children, who are being enticed into the smuggling cycle from Central America — being able to repatriate them safely in concert with the Central American government,” he said.

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House Democrats are demanding answers from Kevin McAleenan, the newly appointed acting Homeland Security secretary, amid reports that the president offered to pardon him if he faced jail time for denying migrants entrance into the United States.

“We request that you promptly provide details concerning this reported directive to close the border and the related offer of a pardon,” House Judiciary Democrats wrote in a letter sent to McAleenan on Tuesday. Warning that such a pardon offer would violate the Constitution, the Committee’s Democrats demanded McAleenan identify DHS employees present during President Donald Trump’s alleged comments.

Both Trump and a DHS spokesman denied the president engaged in any inappropriate conversations with McAleenan.

The letter linked to Friday’s New York Times report, which cited three unnamed sources claiming that Trump directed McAleenan to close the border and offered to pardon him. Trump’s alleged comments reportedly raised DHS officials’ concerns, although one of the Times’ sources said Trump could have intended his comments as a joke.

HOUSE DEMOCRATS DEMAND DOCUMENTS ON TRUMP ADMINISTRATION’S ‘BIZARRE AND UNLAWFUL’ PROPOSAL TO RELEASE MIGRANTS IN SANCTUARY CITIES

Fox News has not confirmed rumors of the reported pardon. The group of Democrats, led by Judiciary Chair Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., portrayed the rumored offer as part of a broader pattern of misconduct on the president’s part.

“The reported discussion between you, President Trump, and other Department personnel follows a troubling pattern of conduct that has emerged over the past two years that appears to demonstrate that President Trump views the pardon power as a political tool, or even worse, as an expedient mechanism for circumventing the law or avoiding the consequences of his own conduct,” the letter read.

Tuesday’s letter came amid reported turmoil at DHS when former Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen allegedly told the president his plans to close the border were illegal. Nielsen reportedly resigned after Trump told McAleenan, then commissioner of Customs and Border Protection, to ignore Nielsen’s hesitation and close the border.

“I never offered Pardons to Homeland Security Officials, never ordered anyone to close our Southern Border (although I have the absolute right to do so, and may if Mexico does not apprehend the illegals coming to our Border), and am not ‘frustrated,'” he tweeted on Friday. “It is all Fake & Corrupt News!”

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According to the Times, DHS spokesman Tyler Q. Houlton similarly said “[a]t no time has the president indicated, asked, directed or pressured the acting secretary to do anything illegal.” “Nor would the acting secretary take actions that are not in accordance with our responsibility to enforce the law,” he added.

Trump and congressional Democrats have struggled for months to come up with a solution to the complicated legal and political situation at the southern border. The president recently proposed sending the influx of migrants to sanctuary cities, a plan that House Democrats blasted as an “unlawful attempt to score political points.”

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Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan on Monday designated Customs and Border Protection Chief Operating Officer John Sanders as acting CBP commissioner, filling McAleenan’s former post in the latest staffing shake-up at the Department of Homeland Security.

McAleenan, who was appointed acting DHS secretary following the resignation of Kirstjen Nielsen April 7, designated Sanders to take over “as the senior official performing the functions and duties of the commissioner” of CBP.

ACTING DHS SECRETARY MCALEENAN DESIGNATES TSA ADMINISTRATOR AS DHS DEPUTY

“John Sanders has proven instrumental to advancing CBP’s mission and organizational priorities across the agency,” McAleenan said in a statement. “In addition to bringing greater focus on the agency’s operational requirements, he has provided strategic direction and oversight to critical enterprise services and operations support functions across the agency.”

He added: “With John Sanders’ leadership, CBP will continue to excel, remain ever vigilant, and accomplish the mission with steadfast resolve.”

Monday’s announcement caps a turbulent week for DHS. Last Sunday, President Trump announced Nielsen would resign from her post and be replaced with McAleenan.

But Nielsen’s resignation was only the beginning.

By last Monday, U.S. Secret Service Director Randolph ‘Tex’ Alles stepped down from his post after he was told to “prepare an exit plan,” in a signal, almost two weeks ago, that a transition in leadership at DHS was imminent.

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White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said Monday that the president had picked career Secret Service member James M. Murray to take over the agency in May. Alles will remain in his role until then.

Last Tuesday, DHS acting deputy secretary Claire Grady, who was technically next in line to replace Nielsen, resigned.

By last Wednesday, Nielsen announced that Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Acting Director Ron Vitiello would be stepping down by the end of this week.

Last Thursday, McAleenan also designated the current head of the Transportation Security Administration, David Pekoske to be his acting deputy secretary at DHS. McAleenan also announced he would replace Pekoske at TSA with Patricia Cogswell, who currently serves as TSA’s acting deputy administrator.

SECRET SERVICE DIRECTOR TO STEP DOWN, ON HEELS OF NIELSEN RESIGNATION

Nielsen’s resignation came amid an influx of migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border. Nielsen was reportedly frustrated with the difficulty of getting other departments to help deal with the growing number of families crossing the border.

Administration officials, though, told Fox News last week that McAleenan best fits Trump’s requirement of being the “toughest cop” on the frontier, and that Nielsen had been viewed as resistant to some of the immigration measures pushed by the president and his aides.

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House Democrats on Monday blasted the Trump administration over its “bizarre and unlawful” proposal to release immigrant detainees into sanctuary cities, and demanded documents from the White House and the Department of Homeland Security related to the floated policy.

The Democrats also claimed that if it were enacted, it would be solely for “political purposes.”

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y.; House Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings, D-Md.; and House Homeland Security Chairman Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., penned a letter to DHS and the White House Monday requesting emails, and other communications between administration officials related to the proposal.

TRUMP DOUBLES DOWN ON PLAN TO SHIP MIGRANTS TO SANCTUARY CITIES, SAYS ‘RADICAL LEFT’ SHOULD BE HAPPY

“We are deeply troubled by multiple reports, recently confirmed by the President, that the Trump Administration is considering releasing detained immigrants into congressional districts represented by Democrats in a bizarre and unlawful attempt to score political points,” the chairmen wrote.

“Not only does the Administration lack the legal authority to transfer detainees in this manner, it is shocking that the President and senior Administration officials are even considering manipulating release decisions for purely political reasons,” they continued.

The chairmen requested communications, emails, and other documents related to the transfer or release of immigrant detainees to specific areas in the U.S.; between DHS officials and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials, and any other materials related to the proposed policy.

The letter comes after President Trump responded to a Washington Post report last week, all but confirming that the administration proposed releasing detained immigrants in sanctuary cities. The president said that relocating illegal immigrants to these districts should make the “Radical Left” happy.

His comments came after The Post reported that the White House proposed sending the detainees to sanctuary cities twice in the last six months. The proposal was first floated in November amid reports of a large migrant caravan from Central America making its way to the southern border. The idea was again considered in February, amid the standoff with Congress over a border wall.

The Post said the plan was shot down both times, but last week, Trump signaled the proposal isn’t dead.

“Due to the fact that Democrats are unwilling to change our very dangerous immigration laws, we are indeed, as reported, giving strong considerations to placing Illegal Immigrants in Sanctuary Cities only,” Trump tweeted last week. “The Radical Left always seems to have an Open Borders, Open Arms policy—so this should make them very happy!”

Trump repeated the remarks later at the White House: “We can give them an unlimited supply…let’s see if they have open arms.”

The president doubled down as Democrats fumed over the relocation idea.

“The extent of this Administration’s cynicism and cruelty cannot be overstated,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s spokeswoman Ashley Etienne said in a statement Friday. “Using human beings—including little children—as pawns in their warped game to perpetuate fear and demonize immigrants is despicable, and in some cases, criminal.”

She added: “The American people have resoundingly rejected this Administration’s toxic anti-immigrant policies, and Democrats will continue to advance immigration policies that keep us safe and honor our values.”

PELOSI FUMES OVER WHITE HOUSE PLAN TO RELEASE IMMIGRANT DETAINEES IN SANCTUARY CITIES

Pelosi’s district—San Francisco—was among the sanctuary cities to which the administration considered sending detainees.

White House officials, though, stressed earlier Friday that the plan never went anywhere. A source familiar with discussions told Fox News that Democrats who advocate leniency toward illegal immigrants should work with the administration to find ways to transport those set for release, including in their states and districts.

The proposal was apparently rejected both times it came up by administration immigration agencies.

It is unclear, at this point, whether immigration agencies would now support the proposal.

Trump has repeatedly blasted sanctuary cities, which are areas where local authorities refuse to cooperate with federal immigration agencies. The cities are typically run by Democrats.

The president was also hit last week with questions over the administration’s past family separation policy at the border. Trump said they have no plans to revive the policy, amid renewed speculation about whether the practice could return amid a shake-up in staffing at the Department of Homeland Security, including the resignation of Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen.

WHITE HOUSE PROPOSED RELEASING IMMIGRANT DETAINEES INTO ‘SANCTUARY CITIES’ TO TARGET POLITICAL FOES: REPORT

Kevin McAleenan, who was serving as CBP commissioner, is replacing her as acting secretary.

Nielsen’s resignation last Sunday came amid an influx of migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border. Nielsen was reportedly frustrated with the difficulty of getting other departments to help deal with the growing number of families crossing the border. But administration officials told Fox News that McAleenan best fits Trump’s requirement of being the “toughest cop” on the frontier and that Nielsen had been viewed as resistant to some of the immigration measures pushed by the president and his aides.

By last Tuesday, DHS Acting Deputy Secretary Claire Grady also resigned.

And last Wednesday, Nielsen announced that ICE Acting Director Ron Vitiello would be stepping down by the end of the week.

Fox News’ Kristin Brown, Matt Leach, and The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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President Trump unleashed a barrage of criticism against the New York Times in a series of tweets Saturday, describing the newspaper as “phony” over its coverage of his immigration policies and predicting it would cease to exist within six years.

In his first Twitter post, the president blasted the paper for its story about his administration’s threats to release migrants into “sanctuary cities” as retaliation against Democrats.

“The New York Times Sanctuary Cities/Immigration story today was knowingly wrong on almost every fact,” the president wrote. “They never call to check for truth. Their sources often don’t even exist, a fraud. They will lie & cheat anyway possible to make me look bad. In 6 years they will be gone………”

FORMER NY TIMES EDITOR RIPS TRUMP COVERAGE AS BIASED

Trump has repeatedly suggested releasing migrants into “sanctuary cities.” A statement from the Department of Homeland Security to Fox News said the idea to release immigrant detainees onto the streets of sanctuary cities “was floated and rejected, which ended any further discussion.”

PELOSI FUMES OVER WHITE HOUSE PLAN TO RELEASE IMMIGRANT DETAINEES IN SANCTUARY CITIES

A follow-up tweet said the Times “begged” its subscribers for forgiveness over its “pathetic” 2016 election coverage of him. The tweet referred to a November 2016 letter from Times publisher Arthur O. Sulzberger that promised readers it would “reflect” on its coverage and rededicate itself to reporting on America and the world honestly.”

“….When I won the Election in 2016, the @nytimes had to beg their fleeing subscribers for forgiveness in that they covered the Election (and me) so badly. They didn’t have a clue, it was pathetic. They even apologized to me. But now they are even worse, really corrupt reporting!,” Trump wrote.

The Times denied apologizing to Trump.

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Trump ended by denying a Times report that claimed he directed acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan to close the U.S.-Mexico border and offered to pardon him if things went awry.

“I never offered Pardons to Homeland Security Officials, never ordered anyone to close our Southern Border (although I have the absolute right to do so, and may if Mexico does not apprehend the illegals coming to our Border), and am not “frustrated.” It is all Fake & Corrupt News!”

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A Department of Homeland Security official dismissed a report by The New York Times on Friday alleging that the president pressured Acting DHS Secretary Kevin McAleenan to close the southern border and offered him a pardon if the need arose.

A spokesperson with the department confirmed to Fox News on Friday that Trump has never “indicated, asked, directed or pressured the acting secretary to do anything illegal,” and said McAleenan would never “take actions that are not in accordance with our responsibility to enforce the law.”

The Times, citing three sources familiar with the conversation, said Trump “urged” McAleenan to close the southwestern border. In the event of legal troubles, the story went, Trump said he’d pardon him.

NIELSEN RESIGNS AS DHS SECRETARY AFTER WHITE HOUSE MEETING WITH TRUMP

The conversation was said to have taken place before Trump announced on Sunday that McAleenan, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) commissioner at the time, would replace Kirstjen Nielsen, who resigned.

Trump had made threats to close the border but after his trip to Calexico, Calif., last week, he seemed to back down.

The Times report, however, alleged that the president privately pushed for the matter behind closed doors and was told by Nielsen that doing so would be illegal. Two days later she announced she would be leaving her post.

The report stated that Trump “encouraged” McAleenan to disregard his predecessor’s warning and move forward with his request.

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Sources told the Times that it was unclear if Trump’s alleged remarks were meant as a joke.

McAleenan is a longtime border officer, who previously practiced law in California and is seen by some as potentially taking the job of DHS secretary permanently.

Fox News’ Kristin Brown and Frank Miles contributed to this report.

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Newly-appointed Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan on Thursday designated the current head of the Transportation Security Administration to be his deputy at the department, in the latest shake-up on the heels of Kirstjen Nielsen’s resignation.

McAleenan appointed TSA Administrator David Pekoske to be the senior official to perform duties of the DHS deputy secretary. McAleenan also announced he would replace Pekoske at TSA with Patricia Cogswell, who currently serves as TSA’s acting deputy administrator.

TSA Administrator David Pekoske confirmed the threat from non-metallic explosives targeting passenger jets goes beyond laptops and tablets.

TSA Administrator David Pekoske confirmed the threat from non-metallic explosives targeting passenger jets goes beyond laptops and tablets. (TSA)

SECRET SERVICE DIRECTOR TO STEP DOWN,ON HEELS OF NIELSEN RESIGATION

“Administrator Pekoske brings a wealth of experience and leadership to the Department, previously serving as a senior leader within two DHS agencies: the United States Coast Guard and the Transportation Security Administration,” McAleenan said in a statement Thursday. “Additionally, he has tackled impressive challenges over the course of his career, ranging from acquisition and procurement reform as the Coast Guard’s Vice Commandant to securing America’s traveling public as TSA’s Administrator.”

He added: “I look forward to working with him to meet the homeland security challenges facing our nation.”

McAleenan’s announcement comes after a turbulent week for the Department of Homeland Security.

On Sunday, following a meeting with Nielsen at the White House, President Trump announced that Nielsen had resigned as DHS secretary. Trump also announced that McAleenan, who was serving as Customs and Border Protection (CBP) commissioner, would replace Nielsen as acting secretary.

Nielsen’s resignation came amid an influx of migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border. Nielsen was reportedly frustrated with the difficulty of getting other departments to help deal with the growing number of families crossing the border.

ACTING ICE BOSS RON VITIELLO, PASSED OVER FOR PERMANENT JOB, TO RESIGN IN DAYS

Administration officials, though, told Fox News on Sunday that McAleenan best fits Trump’s requirement of being the “toughest cop” on the frontier, and that Nielsen had been viewed as resistant to some of the immigration measures pushed by the president and his aides.

By Monday, U.S. Secret Service Director Randolph ‘Tex’ Alles stepped down from his post, after he was told to “prepare an exit plan,” in a signal, almost two weeks ago, that a transition in leadership at DHS was imminent.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said Monday that the president had picked career Secret Service member James M. Murray to take over the agency in May. Alles will remain in his role until then.

On Tuesday, DHS acting deputy secretary Claire Grady, who was technically next in line to replace Nielsen, resigned.

By Wednesday, Nielsen announced that Immigrations and Custom Enforcement (ICE) Acting Director Ron Vitiello would be stepping down by the end of this week.

NIELSEN MAKES FIRST PUBLIC COMMENTS AFTER RESIGNATION AS DHS BOSS

“For over three decades, Immigrations and Customs Enforcement Acting Director Ron Vitiello has protected our homeland with conviction,” Nielsen said in a statement. “Ron’s knowledge and expertise as a seasoned law enforcement professional has been invaluable to DHS, and he has left a legacy of excellence as our Department has expanded and refined our efforts to curb illegal immigration and secure our borders.”

Last week, Trump confirmed he had withdrawn the nomination of  Vitiello to become the permanent head of ICE, telling reporters that “Ron’s a good man, but we’re going in a tougher direction, we want to go in a tougher direction.” Administration sources tell Fox News that the withdrawal of Vitiello’s nomination was the first step in Trump’s plan to control the border crisis.

This week, reporters asked the president about the shake-up at DHS.

“I never said I’m cleaning house. Who said that? Don’t know who came up with that. We have a lot of great people there,” Trump said this week.

Fox News’ Kristin Brown contributed to this report.

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There is breaking news on the black hole front.

For the first time, scientists have done what once seemed unthinkable for a phenomenon whose presence was theoretical: captured a photographic image of a massive black hole.

The Event Horizon Telescope shows a ring of orange light with a pitch-black center, where the laws of physics are obliterated. Inside, gravity is so extreme that nothing which enters can escape.

Sounds kind of like Washington.

A whole lot of sound and fury that dissipates inside the nation’s capital, leaving no discernable movement on virtually anything.

The media, myself included, tend to get caught up in each dazzling light show. But it’s hard to find an issue these days where a solution escaped from the political darkness.

Since Donald Trump is the brightest star in the political firmament, he tends to dim many other sources of light. The press grades him each day from sunrise to sunset (as well as on his pre-dawn and late-night tweets).

There’s so much pontification and posturing on all sides, but what emerges in the end? Immigration is only the latest example of a battle royale where nothing ends up happening. The firings at Homeland Security won’t change the border crisis over migrant families. Congress remains paralyzed on the issue, just as it was during the Obama administration and the Bush administration. The president, backing off a threat to close the border, declared a national emergency that will remain tied up in the courts, and a judge has blocked his policy of making asylum seekers wait in Mexico.

In short, it’s a black hole.

The same applies to all the back-and-forth on health care. Trump announced he’d come up with a better replacement for ObamaCare, Republicans freaked out, and Trump said never mind, that will come after the election. Bernie Sanders yesterday introduced a Medicare for All bill that makes ObamaCare look like tinkering. The measure would wipe out all private insurance and force everyone onto a government-run plan. It has absolutely no chance of passing.

Fade to black.

Run through the issues and the dark picture is the same.

The president talked about a major push on infrastructure in his State of the Union. Neither side has put a plan on the table.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is promoting a Green New Deal that gave Republicans a juicy target but that Nancy Pelosi has no plans to bring to a vote.

Remember when Trump spent the last couple of weeks during the midterms touting a second tax cut aimed at the middle class? That’s vanished.

The House passed tougher background checks for gun purchases, but the Senate isn’t touching it.

And the soaring budget deficit? Don’t even ask.

Even the endlessly covered Mueller investigation wound up hitting a wall, with no further criminal charges.

In this galaxy, cooperation is weakness and compromise is alien. No one wants to give the other side a win.

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With the one-time exception of criminal justice reform, bipartisanship has vanished. Everything’s already about positioning for 2020, whether it’s slavery reparations or abolishing the Electoral College.

It’s sunny in Washington during cherry blossom season, but from the outside, it sure looks like a black hole.

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The shakeup within the Department of Homeland Security’s leadership continued on Wednesday after it was announced that Immigration and Customs Enforcement Acting Director Ron Vitiello would be stepping down on Friday.

Outgoing DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen issued a statement Wednesday announcing Vitiello’s departure and thanked him for his “unwavering” leadership.

“For over three decades, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Acting Director Ron Vitiello has protected our homeland with courage and conviction,” the statement read. “Ron’s knowledge and expertise as a seasoned law enforcement professional has been invaluable to DHS, and he has left a legacy of excellence as our Department has expanded and refined our efforts to curb illegal immigration and secure our borders.”

NIELSEN RESIGNS AS DHS SECRETARY AFTER WHITE HOUSE MEETING WITH TRUMP

“On behalf of DHS I want to thank Ron for his service and dedication, and I wish him the very best in this next chapter of his career.”

An ICE official told Fox News that Vitiello’s last day will be Friday.

His departure was the latest in a string of resignations coming as President Trump has aimed to take a tougher stance against immigrants at the southern border.

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After Nielsen’s resignation last Sunday, officials said Monday that Secret Service Director Randolph “Tex” Alles was stepping down, and DHS’ acting deputy secretary Claire Grady – who was technically next in line to replace Nielsen – resigned on Tuesday.

Trump over the weekend named Kevin McAleenan, the head of Customs and Border Protection, to serve as acting secretary.

Fox News’ Gregg Re and Jake Gibson contributed to this report.

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., slammed outgoing Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen on Tuesday, saying she “oversaw one of the largest-scale human rights violations in recent history.”

Ocasio-Cortez responded to a tweet regarding a New York Times’ op-ed titled “Cancel Kirstjen Nielsen.”

The opinion piece addressed a report from the paper that said Nielsen stayed in her position because “she was aware how awful life would/will be for her on the outside given her role in defending Donald Trump’s policies.”

NIELSEN RESIGNS AS DHS SECRETARY AFTER WHITE HOUSE MEETING WITH TRUMP

“Her role in terrorizing children should make her a permanent pariah,” the piece stated.

“In stealing 1000s of children, deporting their parents, & refusing to provide info for reunification, Sec. Nielsen oversaw one of the largest-scale human rights violations in recent history,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted. “Awarding her a lucrative deal or prestigious post is to legitimize+celebrate that abuse.”

The freshman congresswoman was addressing the Trump administration’s practice of separating migrant children from their families at the southern border which was carried out by Nielsen.

Last summer, the administration separated more than 2,500 children from their families before international outrage forced Trump to halt the practice and a judge ordered them reunited. The government recently said in court filings that it would take up to two years to reunify all the children already separated from their families.

ALEXANDRIA OCASIO-CORTEZ CLAIMS CLIMATE CHANGE IS DRIVING MIGRANT CRISIS

On Sunday, President Trump announced that Nielsen “will be leaving her position” after 16 months on the job. He announced that U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Commissioner Kevin McAleenan will replace Nielsen as acting secretary, tweeting: “I have confidence that Kevin will do a great job!”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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