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- President Trump is reportedly removing the Secret Service director.
- This marks a second departure from a top official at the Department of Homeland Security in fewer than 24 hours.
- Trump announced Sunday night that DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen would be resigning, to be replace by the current US Customs chief.
President Donald Trump is removing Randolph "Tex" Alles as the Secret Service Director, marking the second departure of a top official at the Department of Homeland Security in under 24 hours.
According to CNN, a senior administration official described Alles’ ousting following Nielsen as a "near-systematic purge happening at the nation’s second-largest national security agency."
The Secret Service is a part of DHS, which has now lost two key officials since Trump announced on Twitter that Nielsen would be resigning on Sunday evening.
Kevin McAleenan, the current commissioner of US Customs and Border Protection, is now slated to serve as acting DHS secretary.
The officials’ ousting comes as White House Senior Adviser Stephen Miller has been consolidating power on immigration policy, a top priority for DHS. Miller is a border and immigration hardliner inside the White House and helped craft the controversial child separation policy from last year.
The shifting roles also come as the Trump administration is moving forward with the national emergency declaration to build a wall along the US-Mexico border using diverted military funds. After attempts to terminate the emergency declaration failed in Congress, Trump is moving full-steam ahead.
- Kirstjen Nielsen will be remembered as a villain, but her departure does not mean Trump’s immigration agenda will be any less extreme
- Trump pushed his administration to re-implement migrant family separations after he banned the policy in an executive order
- Kirstjen Nielsen is out as Homeland Security Secretary