An immigration watchdog says President Trump has put a more experienced person in place to lead Homeland Security, which will help the president tighten the border and clamp down on illegal immigration.
Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen stepped down Sunday amid President Trump's growing frustration over the number of illegals flooding across the southern border.
Trump then announced that Kevin McAleenan, the current U.S. Customs and Border Protection commissioner, is taking over as acting head of the department.
Ira Mehlman, a spokesman for the Federation for American Immigration Reform, says Nielsen's failures were largely due to her lack of immigration enforcement experience and her inability to implement the president's ambitious agenda.
“The circumstances kind of dictate the way things progress here,” he observes. “And what we're seeing now is absolute chaos at the border, and clearly the administration needs to get a handle on this and have some people in place who are prepared to come up with a plan and execute a plan that would restore some kind of order down there at the border."
McAleenan has that experience, Mehlman insists, after overseeing ICE.
“Everybody that is going to be in this position is going to be subject to the laws that are currently on the books,” Mehlman says. “And Congress is refusing to change laws that need to be changed in spite of the fact that everybody is aware that they're being massively abused."