President Donald Trump cleaning house at the Department of Homeland Security as he takes an even harder stance on immigration. The president even considering a return to the Zero Tolerance Policy.
A controversial move that led to family separation at the border as sweeping changes take place in the DHS. The shake-up started with the forced resignation of DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen.
Nielsen saying, “I just want to thank the president again for the tremendous opportunity to serve this country… I share the president’s goal of securing the border.”
Hours later, the president also fired the director of the Secret Service and sources tell ABC News that more than half of those running agencies within the DHS could be gone by the end of the week.
“We can’t take you anymore,” the president said, “I’m sorry, can’t happen. So, turn around; that’s the way it is.”
The systemic purge comes as the president grows increasingly frustrated with the increase of central American asylum seekers at the US / Mexico border.
ABC News learned that two weeks ago, a tense Oval Office meeting ended with Trump ordering Nielsen and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to shut down a portion of the border, but was dissuaded by aides at the last minute.
According to the New York Times, the push for hardline immigration policy is coming from one of the president’s closest advisors on the issue, Stephen Miller.
They’re also urging Trump to revisit the idea of family separation.
The Times reports the new Binary Choice Policy would force migrants to choose between “voluntarily allow[ing] their children to be separated from them, or to waive their child’s humanitarian protections so the family can be detained together.”
Trump’s policies have also been challenged by the two other branches of government. Last month, Congress passed a bipartisan bill blocking the president’s National Emergency declaration. And, just yesterday, a judge blocked the administration’s efforts to force asylum-seekers to wait in Mexico while their cases are processed.