Quantcast
peoplepill id: kirstjen-nielsen
KN
1 views today
1 views this week
Kirstjen Nielsen
United States Secretary of Homeland Security

Kirstjen Nielsen

Kirstjen Nielsen
The basics

Quick Facts

Intro United States Secretary of Homeland Security
Is Politician
From United States of America
Field Politics
Gender female
Birth 14 May 1972, Clearwater, Pinellas County, Florida, U.S.A.
Age 50 years
The details (from wikipedia)

Biography

Kirstjen Michele Nielsen (born May 14, 1972) is an American attorney and national security expert serving as the United States Secretary of Homeland Security.

Nielsen is a former Principal Deputy White House Chief of Staff to President Donald Trump, as well as chief of staff to John F. Kelly during his term as Secretary of Homeland Security.

On December 5, 2017 she was confirmed by the Senate, and was sworn in the next day.

Early life and education

Nielsen grew up in Clearwater, Florida. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from the Georgetown School of Foreign Service and earned a Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1999. She also studied Japanese Studies at the Nanzan University, in Nagoya, Japan.

Early career

Nielsen served during the George W. Bush administration as special assistant to the president and as senior director for prevention, preparedness and response at the White House Homeland Security Council. She also set up, and led as Administrator, the Transportation Security Administration's Office of Legislative Policy and Government Affairs. Before serving in the Trump administration, she was a senior member of the Resilience Task Force of the Center for Cyber & Homeland Security committee at George Washington University and served on the Global Risks Report Advisory Board of the World Economic Forum.

Nielsen is the founder and former President of Sunesis Consulting. Sunesis was awarded numerous government contracts under President Obama's administration.

White House Deputy Chief of Staff

Nielsen previously served as John F. Kelly's Chief of Staff at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). She had informally performed the role of White House Deputy Chief of Staff since Kelly assumed the office of White House Chief of Staff on July 31, 2017, at which point Elaine Duke became acting Secretary of Homeland Security.

Secretary of Homeland Security

Kirstjen Nielsen taking the Oath of Office as the sixth Secretary of Homeland Security

On October 11, 2017, President Donald Trump nominated Nielsen to be the new United States Secretary of Homeland Security, replacing acting secretary Elaine Duke. On December 5, 2017, the Senate confirmed her nomination, by a 62–37 vote. On December 6, 2017, she was sworn in as Secretary of Homeland Security.

On Tuesday, January 16, 2018 Secretary Nielsen testified before the United States Senate and enunciated a position in favor of merit-based immigration, as opposed to the current immigration system based on family relations. She was questioned about a previous meeting at the White House on the topic of immigration in which press reports and Senator Dick Durbin stated that the President had used the word shithole to describe African countries and other disparaging remarks about Haiti. Nielsen said "I did not hear that word used, no sir" although she said she heard "tough language" which was impassioned. During the same hearing, Senator Patrick Leahy asked Secretary Nielsen whether Norway was a predominantly white country. Kirstjen Nielsen appeared to hesitate before answering, "I actually do not know that, sir." She added, "But I imagine that is the case." Nielsen was criticized by New Jersey Senator Cory Booker for not recalling or speaking out against Trump's disparaging remarks which Booker characterized as bigoted. Following the hearing, Nielsen expressed her disappointment in the amount of attention being paid to the White House meeting.

On March 9, Nielsen led the official United States delegation at the opening ceremony of the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang.

The New York Times reported in May 2018 that Nielsen considered resigning after President Trump berated her in front of the cabinet for the purported failure to secure U.S. borders. The Times reported that there was tension between Nielsen and Trump after she and other DHS officials resisted Trump's call to separate undocumented immigrant parents from their children while in custody. The Times' reporting was confirmed to Politico and Reuters by a source at the DHS. Nielsen denied that she threatened to resign.

At a May 2018 congressional hearing, Nielsen said that she was unaware of the intelligence community's conclusion that Russia sought to interfere in the 2016 presidential election to help candidate Trump get elected. An assessment by the FBI, CIA and NSA in January 2017 was that the Russian preference was clearly to help Trump win; this assessment was mirrored in a bipartisan report by the Senate Intelligence Committee released days prior to Nielsen's testimony. Nielsen did however recognize that Russia tried to interfere in the 2016 election. Nielsen later backtracked, saying that she agreed with the intelligence community's assessment.

Family separation policy

At the May 2018 congressional hearing, Nielson testified that she supported the Trump administration policy of separating parents and children who crossed over the U.S. Mexico border.

In June 2018, Nielsen claimed that there was no Trump administration policy of separating migrant families at the Southern border. At that point, the Trump administration had in six weeks separated approximately 2000 migrant children from their parents. Contrary to Nielsen's claims, the DHS website showed that a policy of family separation was in place.

On June 18, 2018 Nielsen defended the policy at a sheriffs conference but said the administration had asked Congress "to allow us to keep families together while they are detained" as an alternative. "We cannot detain children with their parents so we must either release both the parents and the children — this is the historic 'get out of jail free' practice of the previous administration — or the adult and the minor will be separated as the result of prosecuting the adult. Those are the only two options. Surely it is the beginning of the unraveling of democracy when the body who makes the laws, rather than changing them, asks the body who enforces the laws not to enforce the laws. That cannot be the answer." Three days earlier, the DHS said that it had separated 1,995 immigrant children from 1,940 adults, which it described as "alleged adult parents," at the border between mid-April and the end of May. Because the law forbids children from being kept in criminal detention facilities, they are separated from their parents.

Nielsen held a press briefing with White House spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders in June 2018 amid growing public outcry about the family separation policy. Nielsen accused the media and member of Congress of mischaracterizing the administration's policy. She dismissed the suggestion that the administration was using family separations as political leverage to force Congress to support Trump's broader immigration agenda or to deter migrants from coming to the United States. In doing so, she contradicted comments made earlier by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Chief of Staff John Kelly and senior adviser Stephen Miller.

The contents of this page are sourced from Wikipedia article. The contents are available under the CC BY-SA 4.0 license.
comments so far.
Comments
From our partners
Sponsored
Reference sources
References
http://www.worldcat.org/issn/0099-9660
http://www.worldcat.org/issn/0190-8286
http://www.worldcat.org/issn/0362-4331
http://content.law.virginia.edu/news/201710/kirstjen-nielsen-99-tapped-top-post-homeland-security
http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2018/01/trump-dhs-secretary-not-sure-if-most-norwegians-are-white.html
http://open.live.bbc.co.uk/mediaselector/5/redir/version/2.0/mediaset/audio-nondrm-download-low/proto/http/vpid/p06bgx0n.mp3
http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/369164-booker-to-nielsen-your-silence-and-your-amnesia-is-complicity
http://uk.businessinsider.com/trump-administration-policy-separating-children-border-cbp-dhs-2018-6
http://www.cnn.com/2018/01/16/politics/kirstjen-nielsen-dhs-secretary-hearing/index.html
http://www.cnn.com/2018/01/17/politics/kirstjen-nielsen-testimony-statement-congress/index.html
http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/07/29/kelly-bringing-dhs-deputy-to-white-house.html
http://www.newsweek.com/kirstjen-nielsen-trump-norway-white-782678
http://www.newsweek.com/who-kirstjen-nielsen-homeland-security-secretary-nominee-682727
http://www.politico.com/story/2018/01/16/trump-shithole-dhs-secretary-kirstjen-nielsen-testify-341179
https://cchs.gwu.edu/kirstjen-nielsen
https://govtribe.com/contract/award/hsfe3013c0366
https://twitter.com/SecNielsen/status/971944128266121216
https://web.archive.org/web/20170903032848/http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/07/29/kelly-bringing-dhs-deputy-to-white-house.html
https://web.archive.org/web/20170907080357/https://cchs.gwu.edu/kirstjen-nielsen
https://web.archive.org/web/20170908224457/https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2017/09/06/president-donald-j-trump-announces-white-house-appointments
https://web.archive.org/web/20170910000652/https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/08/us/politics/john-kelly-white-house.html
https://web.archive.org/web/20171011224459/https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/11/us/politics/kirstjen-nielsen-homeland-security-secretary.html
https://web.archive.org/web/20171011234000/https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-expected-to-tap-kirstjen-nielsen-to-lead-department-of-homeland-security/2017/10/11/21770f8e-aeaf-11e7-9e58-e6288544af98_story.html
https://web.archive.org/web/20171012045228/http://www.newsweek.com/who-kirstjen-nielsen-homeland-security-secretary-nominee-682727
https://web.archive.org/web/20171013070152/https://govtribe.com/contract/award/hsfe3013c0366
https://web.archive.org/web/20171205231406/https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/05/us/politics/kirstjen-nielsen-confirmed-homeland-security-secretary.html
https://web.archive.org/web/20171206174245/https://www.dhs.gov/news/2017/12/06/kirstjen-m-nielsen-sworn-sixth-homeland-security-secretary
https://web.archive.org/web/20180108022449/http://content.law.virginia.edu/news/201710/kirstjen-nielsen-99-tapped-top-post-homeland-security
https://web.archive.org/web/20180112042627/https://www.c-span.org/video/?436847-1/homeland-security-secretary-nominee-kirstjen-nielsen-testifies-confirmation-hearing
https://web.archive.org/web/20180117131302/https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2018/1/16/16897522/cory-booker-kirstjen-nielsen-trump-immigration-hearing
https://web.archive.org/web/20180117221431/http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/369164-booker-to-nielsen-your-silence-and-your-amnesia-is-complicity
https://web.archive.org/web/20180118040214/http://www.cnn.com/2018/01/16/politics/kirstjen-nielsen-dhs-secretary-hearing/index.html
https://web.archive.org/web/20180118045147/http://www.cnn.com/2018/01/17/politics/kirstjen-nielsen-testimony-statement-congress/index.html
https://web.archive.org/web/20180119060550/https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/asked-about-trumps-vulgar-comments-dhs-secretary-nielsen-says-i-did-not-hear-that-word-used/2018/01/16/9162ee64-faca-11e7-a46b-a3614530bd87_story.html
https://web.archive.org/web/20180210064829/https://www.judiciary.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/01-16-18%20Nielsen%20Testimony.pdf
https://www.bloomberg.com/research/stocks/private/person.asp?personId=34397503&privcapId=7472279
https://www.c-span.org/person/?kirstjennielsen
https://www.c-span.org/video/?436847-1/homeland-security-secretary-nominee-kirstjen-nielsen-testifies-confirmation-hearing
https://www.cnn.com/2018/05/15/politics/dhs-separating-families-secretary-nielsen-hearing/index.html
https://www.dhs.gov/news/2017/12/06/kirstjen-m-nielsen-sworn-sixth-homeland-security-secretary
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KGY4-Q1C
https://www.judiciary.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/01-16-18%20Nielsen%20Testimony.pdf
https://www.npr.org/2018/06/18/620972542/we-do-not-have-a-policy-of-separating-families-dhs-secretary-nielsen-says
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/08/us/politics/john-kelly-white-house.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/11/us/politics/kirstjen-nielsen-homeland-security-secretary.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/05/us/politics/kirstjen-nielsen-confirmed-homeland-security-secretary.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/10/us/politics/trump-homeland-security-secretary-resign.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/22/us/politics/nielsen-election-trump-russia.html
https://www.politico.com/story/2018/01/16/trump-shithole-dhs-secretary-kirstjen-nielsen-testify-341179
https://www.politico.com/story/2018/05/15/kirstjen-nielsen-migrant-asylum-loopholes-589652
https://www.politico.com/story/2018/05/22/kirstjen-nielsen-intelligence-russia-trump-602661
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-nielsen/homeland-security-chief-nielsen-was-close-to-resigning-new-york-times-idUSKBN1IB36T
https://www.sltrib.com/opinion/commentary/2018/01/17/dana-milbank-kirstjen-nielson-doesnt-know-that-norwegians-are-white/
https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2018/1/16/16897522/cory-booker-kirstjen-nielsen-trump-immigration-hearing
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/politics/wp/2017/12/05/senate-confirms-kirstjen-nielsen-to-head-department-of-homeland-security-installing-a-close-ally-of-john-f-kelly
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2018/06/18/the-grim-desperation-of-kirstjen-nielsen
https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-expected-to-tap-kirstjen-nielsen-to-lead-department-of-homeland-security/2017/10/11/21770f8e-aeaf-11e7-9e58-e6288544af98_story.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/asked-about-trumps-vulgar-comments-dhs-secretary-nielsen-says-i-did-not-hear-that-word-used/2018/01/16/9162ee64-faca-11e7-a46b-a3614530bd87_story.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-defiant-as-crisis-grows-over-family-separation-at-the-border/2018/06/18/210c78ca-730f-11e8-805c-4b67019fcfe4_story.html
https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2017/09/06/president-donald-j-trump-announces-white-house-appointments
https://www.wsj.com/articles/trump-administration-defends-family-separation-policy-1529341079
Sections Kirstjen Nielsen

arrow-left arrow-right instagram whatsapp myspace quora soundcloud spotify tumblr vk website youtube pandora tunein iheart itunes