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Kirstjen Nielsen Is Out at DHS

Laws matter.

Kirstjen Nielsen is gone from the Department of Homeland Security. For me, she was one of the more unlikely picks for the position. Previous secretaries have been governors, a judge, a four-star Marine general, etc. 

Thus we have two significant vacancies in the Trump administration, that of Secretary of Defense and now DHS joins the list. Late-breaking news as I write this is that the Secret Service \chief is now also leaving. I'm reminded of Saturday Night Live's Master Thespian.

Going around the conference table, there are a bunch of "acting" people in charge of this or that.

It appears to me that for all the verbal "sucking up" that Kirstjen Nielsen did to President Trump, her words were not enough to accommodate following the laws of our nation. 

For me, the worst act she held ultimate responsibility for was the separation of children from their parents. When it was announced, there were initial reports that DHS did not have a system in place to track where children were being sent. I did not believe that reporting at first because I thought it was incredulous that any program like the separation would be implemented without having nailed down the details, databases, etc., to allow for the reunification. Boy, was I wrong!!

The future is unpredictable, so I won't hazard a guess as to who might be appointed. Trump's pilot did not get the FAA job, so he is still available. 

Eric Holdeman is a contributing writer for Emergency Management magazine and is the former director of the King County, Wash., Office of Emergency Management.
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