Uneducated migrants can't assimilate, says Trump chief of staff

Uneducated migrants can't assimilate, says Trump chief of staff

Nielsen also released her own statement, saying Trump was "rightly frustrated" about border security and that she shared his frustration.

"The @nytimes article alleging that the Secretary drafted a resignation letter yesterday and was close to resigning is false", tweeted Homeland Security spokesman Tyler Houlton.

Kelly said most illegal immigrants in the U.S. today "are not bad people. but they're also not people that would easily assimilate" because they are poorly educated. Another report from Politico noted that Trump is growing increasingly frustrated with Nielsen, and the knives may be coming out for her. She told the president her team was doing everything it could, but the president was left unconvinced.

Aides say she was trying to send a strong message about not breaking the law.

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According to DHS data, there were about 30,186 total cases of foreign nationals claiming credible fear and thus requesting asylum in the USA between October and December 2017 - at the same time that an amnesty for illegal aliens was being considered by Congress and President Trump's administration.

Instead, she told the newspaper that she will "continue to direct the department to do all we can to implement the president's security-focused agenda" as head of almost 20,000 department employees.

Nielsen, 45, who was named to the post after John Kelly was named chief of staff, oversees 20,000 border agents through Immigration and Customs Enforcement. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to disclose private conversations.

The White House declined specific comment on whether Trump berated Nielsen, her assumed resignation letter and on whether Trump maintained confidence in Nielsen, who shot at DHS in December. "You'll be processed. We have asylum laws", Nielsen said during a congressional hearing.

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White House press secretary Sarah Sanders was asked about the incident in Thursday's press briefing.

"And we have to do something about it - not only the wall, which we're building sections of wall right now", he reportedly added. "Give me some reinforcements, please", he urged the crowd, referring to Republicans in Congress who have balked at the billions of dollars he has requested for border security. "Another person said the president was primarily focused on the homeland security department because he views Ms. Nielsen as primarily responsible for keeping illegal immigrants out of the country".

"I have instructed the Secretary of Homeland Security not to let these large Caravans of people into our Country", Trump wrote last month. In her written testimony for the Senate Judiciary Committee, Nielsen highlighted the need for asylum reform, and suggested that DHS "impose and enforce penalies for fraud" in credible fear interviews, the first step in the long, bureaucratic process of seeking asylum.

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