John Kelly pressured homeland security secretary to oust 60,000 Hondurans: Report
Washington Post has published another explosive News about White House chief of Staff John Kelley. The report reveals Kelly pressured acting homeland security secretary Elaine Duke to cancel the immigration status of 60,000 Hondurans.
Meanwhile Elaine Duke extended the Temporary Protected Status for the Hondurans, a program which allows citizens of designated countries to live and work in the U.S.The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) had a Monday deadline to decide whether to keep TPS for Honduras and Nicaragua.
Duke waited until 8 p.m to make an announcement, she declined to make a decision on Honduras, so naturally it caused a six month extension of the designation.
Duke is reportedly angry at Kelly and White House Homeland Security adviser Tom Bossert’s intrusion into the decision making process.
John Kelly was the first secretary of Homeland security but later appointed as Trump’s Chief of Staff following the removal of Reince Preibus from the position
A DHS Spokesman told the Washington post that it is perfectly normal for them to discuss the issue before she had taken a decision.
He said “As with many issues, there were a variety of views inside the administration on a policy. The Acting Secretary took those views and advice [on] the path forward for TPS and made her decision based on the law”.
White House official confirmed that both Kelly and Bossert contacted Duke from Asia.
According to the Washington Post, The official said Kelly was frustrated with Duke’s “lack of decisiveness,”
A spokesman for Duke said “As with many issues, there were a variety of views inside the administration on TPS. It is perfectly normal for members of the White House team to weigh in on major decisions. The Acting Secretary took input from the White House and other sources on the path forward for TPS and made her decision based on the law,” said Tyler Houlton, a spokesman for Duke.
Duke allowed Hondurans to stay in the country, but while Kelly was the Department of Homeland Security secretary he did not take a favourable action on Haitians. According to the Duke’s spokesman it was Duke who called Kelly, in light of his Haitian TPS experience.
Her email reads “As former Secretary Kelly had made a major TPS decision in May, Acting Secretary Duke called him to discuss his TPS decision making process. During that call, now Chief of Staff Kelly reminded her that the TPS decision was hers alone to make as the Acting Secretary. Regarding TPS, the Acting Secretary believes that the current law is clear and DHS will enforce it,”
Faced with a similar deadline, Kelly extended TPS for nearly 50,000 Haitian citizens for six months, but warned that time “should allow Haitian TPS recipients living in the United States time to attain travel documents and make other necessary arrangements for their ultimate departure from the United States, and should also provide the Haitian government with the time it needs to prepare for the future repatriation of all current TPS recipients.”