Trump’s Border Obsession Is Courting Disaster - Defense One
Paranoid old racist has too much power.
The president’s single-minded focus on immigration is shortchanging Homeland Security’s other crucial functions, from election security to emergency response.
It’s hard to understand what’s going on at the Department of Homeland Security right now—and that should be deeply unsettling.
President Donald Trump is in the midst of a purge of the department’s senior leadership. On Friday, he abruptly withdrew the nomination of Ronald Vitiello to lead Immigration and Customs Enforcement. On Sunday, he forced out Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen. On Monday, it was Secret Service Director Tex Alles on the chopping block. On Tuesday, Trump fired Claire Grady, the undersecretary of management and a defense-procurement expert. Lee Francis Cissna, the director of Citizenship and Immigration Services, and DHS General Counsel John Mitnick are reportedly in jeopardy as well.