Senate votes to confirm Kirstjen Nielsen as the new DHS secretary

The Senate confirmed President Trump's pick to lead the Department of Homeland Security after John KellyJohn Francis KellyMORE left the agency for his White House post earlier this year.

Kirstjen Nielsen, President Donald Trump's nominee to be Secretary of Homeland Security.

Nielsen, 45, developed a reputation for fierce devotion to Kelly as his deputy at the White House, and before that as his chief of staff at the Department of Homeland Security, which he ran from January until July. Nielsen was the second woman to head this ministry after Janet Napolitano, who was in office from 2009 to 2013.

Despite increasing prominence in the national conversation, cybersecurity was a secondary topic during Nielsen's confirmation hearing.

The vote to appoint the former White House aide was 62 to 37, with several Democrats and independents supporting her nomination to lead DHS.

"As our country continues to face ever-evolving threats at home and overseas, it is critical - now more than ever - that we have an experienced and apolitical leader at the Department of Homeland Security to work with us in our efforts to keep New Hampshire and the United States safe, secure, and free", said Sen. "With her understanding of the challenges facing our nation and her experience in prevention and preparedness, I believe that she will excel as the next Secretary of Homeland Security".

Senate Homeland Security Chairman Ron Johnson, R-Wis., said Nielsen brings valuable, practical experience to DHS.

An attorney and cybersecurity expert, Nielsen will be the first DHS secretary with previous experience working at the agency.

As we reported in October, Michael Dougherty, assistant DHS secretary for Border Immigration and Trade, said at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on October 3 that the Trump administration would support legislation allowing illegal immigrants who came to the United States as children to gain lawful permanent status and eventually citizenship. Bush. endorsed Nielsen's nomination.

The Trump administration announced in September it would end the program, which allows undocumented immigrants brought into the country as children to live and work.

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