House committee investigates DHS firings
- By Sherkiya Wedgeworth
- Apr 25, 2019
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.