How will Trump’s Termination of Randolph Alles Affect DHS?

Randolph Alles

Randolph Alles will be ending his tenure as the director of US Secret Service by the end of this month. The announcement about his resignation came as a shock to the Secret Service members, just a day after Kirstjen Nielsen resigned from the post of US Homeland Security Secretary.

Following multiple reports over the removal of Randolph by media, the White House confirmed on Monday that he will be vacating his post by the end of April.

Randolph D. “Tex” Alles was appointed as the director of the Secret Service in April 2017, by President Donald Trump. He retired from the US Marine Corps in 2011, after serving for 35 years and since then held various posts within US Customs and Border Protection.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said on Monday, “United States Secret Service director Randolph ‘Tex’ Alles has done a great job at the agency over the last two years, and the President is thankful for his over 40 years of service to the country. Mr. Alles will be leaving shortly and President Trump has selected James M. Murray, a career member of the USSS, to take over as director beginning in May.”

The sudden resignation of Randolph Alles comes during the on-going extensive restructuring at the Department of Homeland Security. The arrest of a Chinese woman on charges of violating security and carrying multiple electronic devices at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort, is considered to be one of the reasons for Alles’ removal from his post.

However, in an internal memo to Secret Service, Alles has denied the speculations of being fired. He claimed to have informed “weeks ago” that “transitions in leadership should be expected” all over DHS by the administration. He further mentioned that “it is my sincere regret that I was not able to address the workforce prior to this announcement.”

The New York Times reported that ‘the exit of L. Francis Cissna, head of US Citizenship and Immigration Services, and John Mitnick, DHS’s general counsel, can also be expected soon… If their resignation becomes official, the top level department which is responsible for the nation’s safety will be unoccupied.

In the trail of the ongoing resignations, Trump suddenly withdrew his nomination of Ron Vitiello, as the acting head for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, last week. Prior to this, Federal Emergency Management Agency’s administrator, Brock Long, had resigned in February.

It has been speculated that the restructuring is a result of Trump’s most influential advocate Stephen Miller’s demand.

The continuous restructuring in the top level of the department adversely affects the security of the citizens and the working of various agencies within the department. A proper leadership is necessary for various officials and agencies to carry out their responsibilities and maintain discipline and structure in the organization and the country.

Randolph Alles’ unexpected resignation has surely left a lot of people confused, wondering what is going on within the government and its agencies.

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