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Trump Explodes at Staff for Not Deporting Immigrants Faster

Trump Explodes at Staff for Not Deporting Immigrants Faster

Reports dropped on Thursday night that President Donald Trump had humiliated his own Department of Homeland Security chief Kirstjen Nielsen at a recent cabinet meeting, which prompted her to consider resigning.

A senior administration official confirmed the incident to Reuters, saying: "He lit into her".

1 person in the assembly said Trump railed in the whole Cabinet on what he said was deficiency of advancement keeping out illegal immigrants, " the occasions said.

As a result, Trump has come to believe that Nielsen - who considered quitting this week after the president berated her over an uptick in migrant arrests - is not focused enough on carrying out his immigration agenda, one of the people said.

After another meeting on Capitol Hill, Kelly later said some people who were DACA eligible but didn't sign up had reasons but most probably "needed to get off the couch".

Nielsen reportedly told colleagues that she was close to resigning after the incident and had already drafted a resignation letter, the Times said, citing "several current and former officials familiar with the episode". A spokesperson for the Department of Homeland Security described the Times report as "false".

The White House did not immediately respond to Newsweek's request. "I share his frustration", Nielsen said in a statement. "She feels like she's doing the best she can and doing a good job on immigration, but she also has to follow the law", this person said.

Homeland Security's deputy secretary position is vacant, so there would be no immediate replacement if Nielsen were to step down. A number of unnamed advisers told the outlet that she was a "never-Trumper" who does not stand behind Trump's agenda. However, she didn't submit the letter and the White House denied any such claims.

Trump, who has grown increasingly frustrated by a spike in border apprehensions and legal setbacks, blamed Nielsen Wednesday for failing to do enough to stop them, according to people familiar with the exchange. Families are typically broken up in those circumstances, as federal immigration agents send children to government shelters while their mothers and fathers remain in custody awaiting court dates. "We are a country of laws and the president and his administration will enforce them", White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said in a statement on Thursday.

Trump has let his frustration surrounding immigration issues be known to the public, especially recently, as a caravan of about 150 migrants from Central America made its way to the southern border.

Illegal crossings plunged in the early phase of Trump's presidency, but have since returned to levels consistent with the last several years of the Obama administration. Along with the some 700,000 Dreamers brought to the USA illegally as children, who Trump stripped of protection in September, about one million people who were once legal residents in the country face potential deportation.