Can Trump’s immigration policy get worse? Yes

Herb Boyd | 4/11/2019, 10:08 a.m.

Trump’s revolving door took another precipitous turn the other day with the ouster of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen. And this is just the latest in what may become a total clean sweep of Homeland Security and the Secret Service.

It was never a matter of if but when Nielsen would be sent packing, even as she tried to follow her boss’s brutal separation of families’ policy on the nation’s southwestern border. That policy apparently now will get a do over, and perhaps the only man happier than Trump with this arrival is Stephen Miller, Trump’s chief aide on immigration.

A dyed-in-the-wool conservative with a mean streak, Miller is deemed the orchestrator behind the removal of Nielsen with a number of others on his hit list. If the dismissals continue at this pace, he will be the last man standing and we can expect an even harsher immigration policy. And nothing will be more egregious in this hard line forecast than more immigrant families joining the thousands of others looking for their children.

Compounding the impending chaos is the purge of Randolph “Tex” Alles, the Secret Service director, along with pulling the plug on Ron Vitiello to helm Immigration and Customs Enforcement. All of this leaves vacancies, at least temporarily, in important agencies. Thus, Miller can move without opposition in the imposition of more ruthless immigration policies.

That old saw about things getting worse before they get better is a looming reality as Trump continues in his plan to bring nightmares to the Dreamers. And he is ably abetted by his devoted aide.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who often clashed with Nielsen, released this statement about Nielsen’s “resignation.” “It is deeply alarming that the Trump administration official who put children in cages is reportedly resigning because she is not extreme enough for the White House’s liking. The president’s dangerous and cruel anti-immigrant policies have only worsened the humanitarian suffering at the border and inflicted vast suffering on the families who have been torn apart.”

Pelosi added, “The Trump administration’s increasingly toxic anti-immigrant policies were resoundingly rejected by the American people in the midterm election. America needs a Homeland Security secretary who will respect the sanctity of families, honor our proud heritage as a nation of immigrants, and restore sanity to this administration’s policies.”

The possibility of the restoration of sanity to the current administration is unlikely, and it appears the worst is yet to come.

“I hope that the next secretary will have the support of Congress and the courts in fixing the laws which have impeded our ability to fully secure America’s borders and which have contributed to discord in our nation’s discourse,” Nielsen wrote in the letter released after a White House meeting late Sunday in which she either resigned or was fired.

And so it goes.