[Global Times reporter Zhao Juehun] The U.S. government has continuously made personnel adjustments to senior officials of the Department of Homeland Security within 24 hours. Following the departure of Homeland Security Secretary Nelson, the White House announced on 8 July that Randolph Allers, the head of the U.S. Secret Service under the Department of Homeland Security, would also leave office in the near future. The New York Times says President Trump is speeding up the cleansing of the countrys immigration and security leadership.
According to information released by the White House, Alice will leave office soon, and senior Secret Service official James Murray has been appointed by Trump to replace him in early May. Alice, 65, served in the Marine Corps for 35 years before joining the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency as Secret Service Director in April 2017. White House spokesman Sanders said in a statement that Ales has done a good job in the past two years, and the President thanked him for serving the country for more than 40 years, but did not mention the reasons for his departure. CNN said Trump personally ordered Alices dismissal. However, Alles denied his dismissal to his Secret Service colleagues on the 8th, saying only that the President has instructed the leadership of the agency (Department of Homeland Security) to make an orderly transition, and I intend to follow this directive.
According to the Associated Press, the recent successive readjustments by the U.S. government to the head of immigration and security showed that Trumps popularity with his White House allies was eager to improve immigration and build momentum for the general election. The Associated Press also quoted sources as saying that the scope of the governments staffing adjustment would be expanded, and that Cisner, director of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service, and Mitnick, general counsel for the Department of Homeland Security, would also be expelled. The New York Times also said that at least two or four senior Nielsen-related figures would leave soon. According to the newspapers analysis, the Department of Homeland Securitys personnel adjustment shows that Trump is still looking for a team that matches his tough immigration attitude.
The major restructuring of the Department of Homeland Security has aroused widespread concern in American public opinion. In this vast sector of more than 240,000 people, there are fewer and fewer senior leaders: no formal ministers or deputy ministers, no director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and no official director of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency. The unprecedented cleansing of the leadership of the Department of Homeland Security is a threat to our security, the Associated Press quoted California Democrat Feinstein as saying. Trump is trying to transform the Department of Homeland Security into his own personal anti-immigration agency. Ron Johnson, a Republican and chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee, also said, I am concerned about the growing leadership gap within the Homeland Security Department, whose task is to address some of the major issues facing the country.
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