CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin on Monday said departing Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen NielsenKirstjen Michele NielsenNielsen to stay on at DHS through Wednesday to ensure ‘orderly transition’ House chairman blasts Nielsen’s tenure as a ‘disaster from the start’ Nielsen out at Homeland Security MORE will be remembered by people as “the woman who put children in cages.”
Speaking in an appearance on CNN’s “New Day,” Toobin reacted to the latest official to exit from Trump’s administration, a move that was announced Sunday.
“Kirstjen Nielsen I think is a great example of what happens when you go to work for Donald Trump,” Toobin said. “He is the great reputation killer. Here is this woman who was a reasonably admired bureaucrat. For the rest of her life people will look at her and think, ‘Oh, that’s the woman who put children in cages.’ “
He added that he thought that people who did identify her in that way would “be right. Because she implemented that policy.”
.@JeffreyToobin calls President TrumpDonald John TrumpNielsen to stay on at DHS through Wednesday to ensure ‘orderly transition’ House chairman blasts Nielsen’s tenure as a ‘disaster from the start’ Obama praises youth climate activists: ‘The sooner you start, the better MORE “the great reputation killer.”
Kirstjen Nielsen “was a reasonably admired bureaucrat. For the rest of her life people will look at her and think, ‘Oh, that’s the woman who put children in cages.'” https://t.co/fDKX7RtHY0 pic.twitter.com/LxuMjpog39
– New Day (@NewDay) April 8, 2019
During her tenure as the head of DHS, Nielsen enforced a Trump’s “zero-tolerance” policy for people who were caught crossing the border illegally.
Under the policy, all border crossers are referred for prosecution and consistently jailed while awaiting trial. While being held, they would often be separated from their children, leaving thousands of minors to be held in facilities away from their parents and family members.
The family separation policy drew widespread backlash and ultimately the Trump administration decided to reverse some aspects of the policy.
Nielsen’s departure from DHS was announced Sunday by Trump on Twitter. The president added that Kevin McAleenan, the commissioner of Customs and Border Protection, will serve as the acting head of DHS until a permanent replacement is nominated.
Nielsen said Sunday night in a post on Twitter that she would remain with DHS through Wednesday to “assist with an orderly transition.”