Kirstjen Nielsen is out.
Nielsen, Trump’s second choice to lead the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), was reportedly not harsh enough on immigrants in the President’s eyes.
While she went along with and covered for policies that caged toddlers, separating them from their parents sometimes indefinitely to deter border crossings, she stopped short of outright law-breaking… and for that, she faced Trump’s wrath and the end of her tenure.
Last week, the President also withdrew his nominee for ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) director. In both cases, the president wants to “upgrade” to people who take a harsher approach to immigrants and asylum seekers – who he again referred to as ‘animals’ – even if it means breaking the law for him.
Events this week forewarn an increasingly anti-immigrant, fear-driven campaign by President Trump as he runs for reelection in 2020. More “national emergencies” and manufactured crises.
While we certainly need to secure our borders and improve our immigration system, that’s not what the president is doing. Instead it’s all theater, pretending to solve problems by playing not to American values, but instead to fear and resentment.
Fear-mongering will continue until we all stand up and reject such divisive, hateful political tactics. That’s why Stand Up Republic is committed to fighting back, and we call on you to join us as we defend and promote the value of a diverse American culture and society.
This fight is not going away. In the coming election, the voices of hate and anger will only get louder. So we must work every day in pursuit of that more perfect union, where one’s value is not determined by their background or skin color.
E Pluribus Unum.