Kirstjen Nielsen sworn in as DHS secretary

Senate confirms Kirstjen Nielsen to head Department of Homeland Security, installing a close ally of John F. Kelly

The Senate voted Tuesday to confirm Kirstjen Nielsen as the next secretary of the Department of Homeland Security.

Nielsen was chosen by the White House as the preferred nominee in early 2017 but waffled on the decision, which stalled the nomination of DHS leadership for months. She served in the transportation security unit of DHS during the George W. Bush administration, and was also Bush's homeland security advisor in the White House.

Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas), the chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee and a onetime prospect for the DHS top job, said, "I am confident that Kirstjen's mission-focused style of leadership will help her succeed in leading the men and women of DHS and ensuring we reform and improve the Department". The Department of Homeland Security was established in 2002 in response to the September 11, 2001 attacks.

"It has been an honor to serve as the Department's Acting Secretary, and I look forward to working alongside Ms. Nielsen as her deputy as we continue to carry out the DHS mission of safeguarding the American people, our homeland, and our values", she said in a statement.

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That concerned some Democrats, who tried to block her confirmation.

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

After her confirmation, Breitbart News, the alt-right mouthpiece run by former Trump strategist Steve Bannon, mocked her as "Lady DACA" - a reference to her assurance to Sen.

During the hearing, observed a report in the New York Times, Nielsen responded to Senator Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.) who accused Nielsen of refusing to say that humans are the primary cause of the rise in global temperatures.

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On other topics, Nielsen said she agreed with Kelly that a U.S. -Mexico border wall is unlikely to be a physical barrier from "sea to shining sea".

Sen. Kamala Harris (D., Calif.) criticized Nielsen for playing a role in the development of Trump's travel ban and a failure to acknowledge how humans contribute to climate change, according to the AP. Several administration officials say Duke has informed the White House she plans to resign once Nielsen takes over. Original DACA recipients were unaffected, and individuals who had received three year validity periods for DACA and the associated work authorization under the November 2014 memorandum prior to the district court injunction were allowed to maintain those approvals through their expiration, unless terminated or revoked for case specific reasons.

While campaigning for the presidency, candidate Trump promised that he would "immediately terminate" DACA after being elected.

The Justice Department under Sessions, and DHS under Nielsen, will share in enforcing different portions of immigration law.

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