Kirstjen Nielsen

Secretary of Homeland Security

  • 1/17/18 At a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, says under oath that:
    • She did not hear Trump refer to Haiti and several African countries as "shitholes" and only recalls "tough" talk. (DailyBeast)
    • She does not know if Norwegians are mostly white when asked by Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy: "I... I... Eep... I... actually do not know that, sir, but I imagine that's the case."
  • 1/17/18 DHS announces the end of granting visas to Haitian immigrants for low-skilled work. (TheGuardian w/ video)
  • 1/22/18 Waives dozens of environmental regulations to speed up the construciton of a proposed wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. (Hill)
  • 6/14/18 Referring to the administration's immigration enforcement policy of separating over 2,000 immigrant children from their families and housing the children in military outposts and makeshift detention centers, says "We do not apologize." (Independent)
  • 6/17/18 Tweets: "We do not have a policy of separating families at the border. Period." (Slate)
  • 6/18/18 Appearing in a White House press briefing, defends separating migrant children from their families, saying: "Here is the bottom line: DHS is no longer ignoring the law." (NPR) There is no law requiring children be separated from their parents if they illegally cross the border. (Politifact)
  • 6/27/18 Hundreds of fellow Georgetown alumni call on Nielsen to resign over her role in separating migrant children from their parents at the border. (HuffPo)
  • 7/19/18 Says that she has not seen evidence of Russian meddling in the 2016 election, a falsehood that she also made in May 2018 and since backtracked. (recent lie - NYT)(May backtracking - NYT)
  • 7/29/18 Is reported that the Transportation Security Administration has been secretly tracking American citizens who are traveling based largely on race. (BostonGlobe)
  • 10/26/18 Speaking about a 30-foot, 2.5 mile wall built in Calexico, California, says "Walls work, it's not my opinion. It's not a tag line. It's not a political statement. It's a fact." (Hill)
  • 12/25/18 U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) drops off 200 migrants at an El Paso bus station on Christmas Day without warning to local authorities or local charities. They are expected to drop off another 200 migrants the following day. (CBS)
  • 12/26/18 In the wake of a second young immigrant child dying in U.S. custody, Nielsen announces a new set of directives to improve the care of children in federal detention. (NPR)
  • 1/18/19 Democratic senator Jeff Merkley requests that the FBI open a perjury investigation into Nielsen, accusing her of lying about the family separation policy under oath. (WaPo)
  • 3/6/19 In an exchange with House Democrats, fiercely defends the defunct Trump administration practice of separating migrant children from their families at the border, avoiding the question of if she supported it herself as an immigration deterrent. (NYT)
  • 4/7/19 Is fired by Trump despite months of defending his hardline policy of separating migrant children from their families at the border. She is asked to submit her letter of resignation immediately after refusing to close the Mexican border. (NYT)