Claire Grady, acting deputy secretary at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), became the latest victim caught in the turmoil of extensive restructuring taking place at DHS, after outgoing DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen announced Grady’s resignation, Tuesday night
Grady’s resignation became imminent, when two days ago Nielsen had announced her resignation. Grady was expected to become the next acting secretary after Nielsen. Her departure means that DHS would not be having a confirmed deputy secretary till the time Trump Administration is done with the restructuring.
Grady and Nielsen’s departure from DHS makes way for Kevin McAleenan, head of Customs and Borders Protection, as the new acting secretary at DHS.
Administration officials confirmed that David Pekoske, Transportation Security Administration Administrator, will be the new acting deputy secretary at DHS.
An ex-administration official said that Grady “knew her fate was tied to Nielsen. She is one of the people who got stuff done at DHS. Someone everyone went to at the department when they were having a bad day.”
Grady’s departure comes right after the removal of Randolph Alles from the post of Director of Secret Service.
Trump believes restructuring in DHS would be effective in minimizing unauthorized border crossings, providing support for his border wall policy and reducing the likelihood of migrants seeking asylum.
The Congress members have been alerted with the continuous exits of the officials from DHS, many feel that President Trump is hindering the development of his own strategies.
Sen. Chuck Grassley on Monday said, “The president has to have some stability and particularly with the number one issue that he’s made for his campaign, throughout his 2 1/2 years of presidency. He’s pulling the rug out from the very people that are trying to help him accomplish his goal.”
While Trump reprimanded Kirstjen Nielsen on not performing her duties seriously over the immigration issues, Grady’s removal can be directly linked with Nielsen’s forced resignation. It is yet to be seen, if the restructuring by the Trump administration will lead towards a quicker completion of the border wall and stricter policies on immigration or will cause a permanent delay.
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