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Kirstjen Nielsen confirmed as Homeland Security secretary

Written by Lisa

The Senate voted 62-37 on Tuesday to confirm Kirstjen Nielsen as Homeland Security secretary.

Nielsen, who most recently worked as deputy to White House chief of staff John Kelly, will assume control of a department with more than 240,000 employees and a sweeping mission.

In addition to its anti-terror function, DHS is the agency behind President Donald Trump’s controversial immigration crackdown, and it will play a key role in deciding the fate of so-called DREAMers brought to the U.S. as children.

Nielsen is a cybersecurity expert who previously worked in the George W. Bush administration and at the Transportation Security Administration. During her confirmation process, she received the endorsement of top Republican senators and former DHS secretaries Tom Ridge and Michael Chertoff.

Several Democrats questioned her work experience and independence from John Kelly, her former boss at the White House and DHS.

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