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House committee investigates DHS firings

Within the last month, several key figures have announced their departure from the Department of Homeland Security and members of the House Oversight and Reform Committee are growing concerned and want answers.

“We are investigating President Trump’s recent unprecedented actions to remove much of the senior leadership of the Department of Homeland Security,” a recent letter to Acting DHS Secretary Kevin McAleenan from Committee Chairman Rep. Elijah E. Cummings and other ranking House members, states.

Earlier this month, DHS announced that Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, Secret Service Director Randolph “Tex” Alles, DHS Undersecretary for Management Claire Grady, and Acting Director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement Ronald Vitiello were all leaving their positions. 

“We are deeply concerned that the firing and forced resignation of these officials puts the security of the American people at risk,” the chairmen continued.

According to the letter, they believe that the president may have removed these DHS officials because they did not follow demands to violate federal immigration law and judicial orders. 

They also contend that the president is trying to give his White House aide, Stephen Miller, too much authority, including handling all immigration and border affairs.

“Reports have indicated that the president, following the advice of Mr. Miller, may fire other top DHS officials…” the letter states.

The chairmen are asking for documentation and all communication concerning the firing of six DHS officials as well as communications with Miller and others since Jan. 1, 2019 to date.

They are requesting that all of the documents be submitted to the committee by March 9.

Read the full letter here.

Reader comments

Thu, May 16, 2019

There is absolutely no oversight or accountability of managers in Newark, NJ. Please send investigators. The violations of law and employees' lives is out of control. Employees are holding up the agency in spite of gruesome vicious attacks by managers. Mgmt is getting away with atrocities. Please help!

Tue, May 14, 2019

The comments above speaks nothing but the truth, it is happening all over here!

Tue, May 14, 2019

I would invite President Trump to come to Newark and speak with OIG officials about what's been going on with CBP. Lies, cover-ups, illegal surveillance, harassment of good law-abiding employees.

Tue, Apr 30, 2019

Fire, demote the crooked management at the big outfit in Bethesda, we surely would be better off with less management minions who do nothing than cover each other, manipulate bonuses and annual leave and teleworking amongst themselves.

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