Top Trump aide says protected immigrants need path to citizenship

ImageKirstjen Nielsen the secretary of homeland security

U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen advised colleagues she had been near after being criticized by President donald-trump within a Cabinet meeting on Wednesday, " the New York Times reported on Thursday, citing a few former and current officials knowledgeable about the episode. Attorney General Jeff Sessions defended her, saying the administration was looking for new ways to deter illegal crossings.

1 person in the assembly said Trump railed in the whole Cabinet on what he said was deficiency of advancement keeping out illegal immigrants, " the occasions said.

After another meeting on Capitol Hill, Kelly later said some people who were DACA eligible but didn't sign up had reasons but most probably "needed to get off the couch".

The president's eruption was witnessed by Cabinet members plus a number of senior White House officials - including counselor Kellyanne Conway, advisers Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, immigration adviser Stephen Miller and chief economic adviser Larry Kudlow.

Haberman's tweet came in response to a tweet by fellow New York Times reporter Julie Davis, who explained that Nielsen's resignation threat had been "a long time in coming" because "Nielsen and Trump have clashed often and she has been a frequent target of his freewheeling immigration rants".

Nielsen, who is a protegee of John Kelly, the White House chief of staff, has drafted a resignation letter but has not submitted it, according to two of the people. Hogan Gidley, a White House spokesman, did not respond to emails and phone calls seeking comment. In a Thursday statement, Nielsen reiterated her commitment to securing the country's porous borders, especially those along the Mexican border.

Homeland Security's deputy secretary position is vacant, so there would be no immediate replacement if Nielsen were to step down. In early April, he repeatedly expressed frustration with Nielsen that her department was not doing enough to close loopholes that were allowing people to flood into the country illegally, according to one official familiar with those discussions.

Nielsen is responsible for those 20,000 border representatives who work in Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Families are typically broken up in those circumstances, as federal immigration agents send children to government shelters while their mothers and fathers remain in custody awaiting court dates.

White House chief of staff John Kelly said he believes the vast majority of undocumented immigrants crossing the southern border into the United States do not assimilate well because they are poorly educated.

Kelly's concerns about "integration", critics say, give away the game of Trump's broader anti-immigrant vision. Along with the some 700,000 Dreamers brought to the US illegally as children, who Trump stripped of protection in September, about one million people who were once legal residents in the country face potential deportation.