Trump cleans house at Department of Homeland Security

President Donald Trump is reportedly planning to bring back the controversial family separation policy at the U.S.-Mexico border. ABC News' Mona Kosar Abdi reports.
2:25 | 04/09/19

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We have a president trump reportedly planning to bring back the controversial fairly separation policy at the border. As migrants flocked to the US and record numbers say comes as he cleans house of the Department of Homeland Security with another top official. Now following secretary cures the Nielsen out the door. We've learned the president recently ordered Nielsen to shut down part of the southern border. With only 24 hours notice ABC's no articles are out the has all the new details from Washington lot of good morning. Good morning today good morning Tenet. Homeland Security secretary cursing Nielsen's forced resignation created a ripple effect. That has completed 28 complete overhaul of the entire agency. Sweeping changes at the Department of Homeland Security to shake up started with a forced resignation. Of DHS secretary Kristine Nielsen I just I think the president again for the tremendous averaging native served 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 more than half of those running agencies within the Department of Homeland Security. Could be gone by the end of the week. Can't take anymore of sir can happen so turnaround. 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 has learned that two weeks ago a tense Oval Office meeting. And it would the president 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 a 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 quote voluntarily allowing their children to be separated from them. Or to wave their child humanitarian protections. So the family can be detained together. And today Tenet the besides the internal push back terms policies have also been challenged but it to other branches of government. Last month congress passed a bipartisan bill. Blocking the president's declaration of a national emergency at the border and just yesterday a judge to block the administration's efforts to force migrants to wait in Mexico. Other cases are being processed today and all right motor president console facing some legal setbacks.

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