Trump administration officials say that Miller, who played key a role in Nielsen’s ouster, also wants the President to dismiss the director of United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, Lee Cissna, and the department’s general counsel, John Mitnick.
A senior administration official also said that under the law, DHS Under Secretary of Management Claire Grady, the current acting deputy secretary, is next in line of succession to be acting secretary. That means there are questions as to whether she will need to be fired as well in order to make Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan the acting DHS secretary, as Trump tweeted Sunday night.
The sudden shift in personnel is indicative of the White House trying to redirect immigration policy following a surge of migrant apprehensions at the southern border in recent months.
The President has pushed in recent weeks to reinstate the family separation policy, which Nielsen resisted, a source familiar with the discussions says. Trump rescinded that policy amid public outrage and scrutiny from the courts last summer.
The changes have left the department in limbo, which has had at least three positions filled by people in an acting capacity in senior roles.
Late last week, the White House abruptly withdrew the nomination of Ron Vitiello for director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which caught both Congress and the department by surprise. Nielsen was unaware what was happening until after the nomination was pulled, a person familiar with the news said.
Asked about the mood at DHS following Nielsen’s resignation, one DHS official told CNN there was “some exasperation,” adding that the department doesn’t “have enough depth” to fill longtime vacancies.
“We are losing leadership faster than we can get it confirmed or even hired permanently,” the official said.
A bill introduced on Monday in the New York State Senate would authorize the state’s tax commissioner to release state tax returns to Congress upon request.
Trump is a New York resident, and the state is home to the headquarters of his family business, the Trump Organization.
Though the legislation would only enable the release of the President’s state returns, the fact that much of the President’s business has been conducted in New York means that such returns could be nearly as telling as his federal returns.
The measure is being sponsored by State Senator Brad Hoylman.
If passed, the bill would authorize the commissioner of the state’s Department of Taxation and Finance to hand over tax returns at the request of the US House of Representatives’ Ways and Means Committee, the US Senate Finance Committee or the Joint Committee on Taxation, Hoylman’s spokeswoman Avery Cohen told CNN. She added that the bill would stipulate that the request be “for a specified and legitimate legislative purpose.”
A spokesman for New York Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins told CNN Monday that the bill is under consideration.
“It is something we will be discussing as Conference to decide if and when to move forward on this legislation,” said Mike Murphy, the spokesperson for Stewart-Cousins, said.
Senate Republican leadership did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Hoylman has a history of pursuing legislation to uncover Trump’s financial history. Last year, Hoylman sponsored a bill that would have required any presidential or vice presidential candidate who wished to appear on the ballot in New York to file five years of federal income tax returns with the state Board of Elections.
That bill, known as the “tax returns uniformly made public” — or TRUMP — act, was defeated in committee.
Hoylman is currently sponsoring a similar bill which is before the state senate’s elections committee.
Trump has declined to release his tax returns, the first president in over 40 years to do so. He has claimed that ongoing Internal Revenue Service audits prevent him from doing so, despite the fact that no such audit would prohibit their release.
The reporting coming out of Nielsen’s resignation speaks to the impossibility of the DHS job under Trump.

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“Trump was furious with Nielsen [in May 2018], telling her he didn’t think she was doing enough to secure the border. But Nielsen stood her ground, citing the law in certain instances, the source said.
“Nielsen increasingly pushed back when the President lashed out at her department for not doing more to stem the tide of undocumented immigrants.
“A senior administration official said that in recent days Trump and Nielsen had again clashed over the issue. He accused her of not doing her job, and she responded forcefully.”
“The president called Ms. Nielsen at home early in the mornings to demand that she take action to stop migrants from entering the country, including doing things that were clearly illegal, such as blocking all migrants from seeking asylum. She repeatedly noted the limitations imposed on her department by federal laws, court settlements and international obligations.
“Those responses only infuriated Mr. Trump further. The president’s fury erupted in the spring of 2018 as Ms. Nielsen hesitated for weeks about whether to sign a memo ordering the routine separation of migrant children from their families so that the parents could be detained.”
There’s a few things to think about here:
1) Trump believes to his core — and he’s not wrong — that if there was one reason he won in 2016 it was because of his pledge to a) build a wall along our southern border and b) broadly toughen America’s immigration policies. If there is ANY campaign promise that he is absolutely and totally committed to keeping, it’s to be the toughest president ever when it comes to the border. One needs look no further than Trump’s decision — against his own party’s wishes — to declare a state of emergency on the southern border in order to re-appropriate money to build his wall. Or his push behind the scenes, reported by CNN Monday, to reinstate the policy of family separation at the border that led to a slew of very young children taken from their parents without any real way to track their whereabouts.
2) Trump has very little understanding of — or care for — boundaries of any sort. And that goes double for immigration and border issues because of everything I mentioned above. This is his issue. This is the issue his people care about. And he’ll be damned if he’s told by some bureaucrat that he can’t do what he wants on the border. That Trump would instruct Nielsen to block all migrants from entering the country and then blame her when she told him that was, in a word, illegal, speaks to the detachment from reality that President has on this issue.
Combine those two factors and you get this, from a senior administration official on Nielsen’s thinking: “[She] believed the situation was becoming untenable … [with the President] becoming increasingly unhinged about the border crisis and making unreasonable and even impossible requests.”
Think of this in your own life. Your boss calls you in. She tells you to go find a Woolly Mammoth — and to make it snappy. (You are an assistant zookeeper in this scenario.) When you come back to her empty-handed and explain that the Woolly Mammoth went extinct around 1700 BC, she tells you that you are not working hard enough to find one. And that if she was in your job, she would have found a Woolly Mammoth hours ago. And that everyone knows that you can find a Woolly Mammoth if you look hard enough.
Look. There are a LOT of very tough jobs in the Trump administration: chief of staff, communications director and press secretary all jump to mind. But there is NO job more impossible than running the Department of Homeland Security. Nielsen made mistakes, sure. But focusing on her mistakes overlooks the real story here: Donald Trump wants impossible (and, at times, illegal) things done by DHS to address the border crisis. And if you aren’t willing to bend (or break) the rules, he thinks you have failed him. And he might think you’ve failed him anyway; remember that Nielsen enforced a zero-tolerance policy at the border on family separations — becoming the face of a deeply unpopular policy that Trump eventually walked away from.
In short: It doesn’t really matter who Trump names as Nielsen’s successor. That person could be the hardest of hard immigration hard-liners. But that person will still be dealing with a Congress less than willing to greenlight some of Trump’s more extreme border policies and, well, the rule of law. And no one person can change one of those realities, much less both.
Trump administration officials say that Miller, who played key a role in Nielsen’s ouster, also wants the President to dismiss the director of United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, Lee Cissna, and the department’s general counsel, John Mitnick.
A senior administration official also said that under the law, DHS Under Secretary of Management Claire Grady, the current acting deputy secretary, is next in line of succession to be acting secretary. That means there are questions as to whether she will need to be fired as well in order to make Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan the acting DHS secretary, as Trump tweeted Sunday night.
The sudden shift in personnel is indicative of the White House trying to redirect immigration policy following a surge of migrant apprehensions at the southern border in recent months.
The President has pushed in recent weeks to reinstate the family separation policy, which Nielsen resisted, a source familiar with the discussions says. Trump rescinded that policy amid public outrage and scrutiny from the courts last summer.
The changes have left the department in limbo, which has had at least three positions filled by people in an acting capacity in senior roles.
Late last week, the White House abruptly withdrew the nomination of Ron Vitiello for director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which caught both Congress and the department by surprise. Nielsen was unaware what was happening until after the nomination was pulled, a person familiar with the news said.
Asked about the mood at DHS following Nielsen’s resignation, one DHS official told CNN there was “some exasperation,” adding that the department doesn’t “have enough depth” to fill longtime vacancies.
“We are losing leadership faster than we can get it confirmed or even hired permanently,” the official said.
Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, made the comments while speaking at the LGBTQ Victory Fund National Champagne Brunch in Washington. He reflected on his personal struggles with his sexuality, his decision to come out in 2015 and the fact that his being gay is not the result of a personal decision.
“If me being gay was a choice, it was a choice that was made far, far above my pay grade,” Buttigieg said. “And that’s the thing I wish the Mike Pences of the world would understand. That if you got a problem with who I am, your problem is not with me — your quarrel, sir, is with my creator.”
Buttigieg’s comments came hours after he made critical comments about evangelical voters’ support of President Donald Trump during an appearance on “Meet The Press.”
“It’s something that really frustrates me because the hypocrisy is unbelievable,” Buttigieg said. “Here you have somebody who not only acts in a way that is not consistent with anything that I hear in scripture in church.”
Pete Buttigieg's not-so-secret weapon is his husband, Chasten

During his Victory Fund speech, Buttigieg said that, while he was growing up, he wished he wasn’t gay, but his marriage to his husband, Chasten Buttigieg, has made him a better person and has brought him closer to God. The two started dating four years ago and got married last June.
Pence has drawn the ire of members of the LGBTQ community in the past for his positions on various LGBTQ issues. A staunch conservative Christian, he signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act while he was governor of Indiana. Critics of the law contend that individuals and businesses could use it to discriminate against the gay community on the basis of religion.
Pence also signaled support for federal funds to be allocated for gay “conversion therapy” on his 2000 US House campaign website, where it said “resources should be directed toward those institutions which provide assistance to those seeking to change their sexual behavior.”
Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, made the comments while speaking at the LGBTQ Victory Fund National Champagne Brunch in Washington. He reflected on his personal struggles with his sexuality, his decision to come out in 2015 and the fact that his being gay is not the result of a personal decision.
“If me being gay was a choice, it was a choice that was made far, far above my pay grade,” Buttigieg said. “And that’s the thing I wish the Mike Pences of the world would understand. That if you got a problem with who I am, your problem is not with me — your quarrel, sir, is with my creator.”
Buttigieg’s comments came hours after he made critical comments about evangelical voters’ support of President Donald Trump during an appearance on “Meet The Press.”
“It’s something that really frustrates me because the hypocrisy is unbelievable,” Buttigieg said. “Here you have somebody who not only acts in a way that is not consistent with anything that I hear in scripture in church.”
Pete Buttigieg's not-so-secret weapon is his husband, Chasten

During his Victory Fund speech, Buttigieg said that, while he was growing up, he wished he wasn’t gay, but his marriage to his husband, Chasten Buttigieg, has made him a better person and has brought him closer to God. The two started dating four years ago and got married last June.
Pence has drawn the ire of members of the LGBTQ community in the past for his positions on various LGBTQ issues. A staunch conservative Christian, he signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act while he was governor of Indiana. Critics of the law contend that individuals and businesses could use it to discriminate against the gay community on the basis of religion.
Pence also signaled support for federal funds to be allocated for gay “conversion therapy” on his 2000 US House campaign website, where it said “resources should be directed toward those institutions which provide assistance to those seeking to change their sexual behavior.”
Researchers used publicly available data from the National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey, administered by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention every year. From the 300 emergency rooms sampled, the researchers tracked the number of children between 5 and 18 who received a diagnosis of suicidal ideation or suicide attempts each year.
Diagnoses of either condition increased from 580,000 in 2007 to 1.12 million in 2015, according to the study, published Monday in JAMA Pediatrics. The average age of a child at the time of evaluation was 13, and 43% of the visits were in children between 5 and 11.
Suicides under age 13: One every 5 days

“The numbers are very alarming,” said Dr. Brett Burstein, the lead study author and a pediatric emergency room physician at Montreal Children’s Hospital of McGill University Health Centre. “It also represents a larger percentage of all pediatric emergency department visits. Where suicidal behavior among the pediatric population was just 2% of all visits, that’s now up to 3.5%.”
The findings come as no surprise to child psychiatrists.
“We know that suicide and depression have been rising significantly,” said Dr. Gene Beresin, executive director of The Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds at Massachusetts General Hospital and professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, who was not involved in the study.
Depression and a prior suicide attempt are the two biggest risk factors for suicide, and with rates of suicide on the rise, it makes sense for risk factors to increase as well, he explained.

The reason? It’s complicated

One reason for the increase in depression and suicidal behaviors may be more stress and pressure on kids, Beresin said.
“Kids are feeling more pressure to achieve, more pressure in school, and are more worried about making a living than in previous years,” he said.
Parents and caregivers are also more stressed, Beresin said, adding that rates of suicides have increased in all age groups over the past 20 years and that the stress is passed down to children and teens.
Another reason may be the rise of social media and increasing rates of cyberbullying that have come with it, Beresin said.
Suicide rate hit 40-year peak among older teen girls in 2015

Suicide rate hit 40-year peak among older teen girls in 2015

Approximately 15% of US high school students report that they’ve been bullied online in the past year, according to the CDC. A Pew Research Center survey found that the number could be even higher: 59%.
“Cyberbullying can be especially difficult for kids,” explained Dr. Neha Chaudhary, child and adolescent psychiatrist at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School and co-founder of Brainstorm: Stanford Lab for Brain Health Innovation and Entrepreneurship. “Unlike in settings like schools, it can fly under the radar without anyone knowing it’s happening and without the same repercussions for the bullies.”
In isolation, none of these factors has been proven to lead to an increase in suicidal behaviors and ultimately suicide, but taken together, a pattern begins to emerge, Beresin said.
And the country may not be adequately equipped to deal with the problem.

Families left waiting

According to data from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, the majority of the United States faces a severe shortage of practicing child and adolescent psychiatrists, with fewer than 17 providers available per 100,000 children.
This means many families face long wait times, which can lead to worsening of a child’s underlying mental health condition and an eventual need for more treatment sessions than if the condition had been addressed in its early stages, explained Jennifer Mautone, a psychologist in the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
The available qualified providers face another challenge: communicating with other systems caring for children.
Nearly 1 in 7 US kids and teens has a mental health condition, and half go untreated, study says

Nearly 1 in 7 US kids and teens has a mental health condition, and half go untreated, study says

Many systems are aimed at caring for children, including the education, health care, juvenile justice and child welfare systems, said Dr. Barbara Robles-Ramamurthy, a child and adolescent psychiatrist at the Long School of Medicine at UT Health San Antonio who was not involved in the study.
“All of these systems that are supposed to be caring for children oftentimes are not talking to each other,” she said. “A lot of times, kids fall through the cracks, and families are not getting the appropriate support they need.”
According to a study published in JAMA Pediatrics in February, half of kids in the United States with mental health conditions like depression and anxiety go untreated.
Rising rates of mental health conditions in youth coupled with difficulties accessing care and long waiting lists is a bad combination, Beresin said.
Burstein, who regularly sees children and teens in the emergency department with suicidal behaviors, worries that the rates will continue to increase.
“We are seeing an acceleration of this issue, and I worry that we have not yet seen the peak,” he said.

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They are requesting data, plans and other information from Juul related to its popularity among youth and its relationship with tobacco giant Altria, which invested nearly $13 billion in the company late last year.
The Altria deal signaled that Juul is “more interested in padding its profit margins than protecting our nation’s children,” says the letter, signed by Democrats including Dick Durbin of Illinois, Ron Wyden of Oregon, Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts.
Juul ramped up nicotine levels, and competitors followed, study says

“Altria has a long and sordid history of spending billions to entice children to smoke through targeted campaigns that intentionally lied about the science and health effects from cigarettes,” the letter says.
The move comes as Dr. Scott Gottlieb — who took a strong stance against underage vaping as commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration — stepped down Friday, prompting questions about how aggressively the agency will continue to pursue the issue under new leadership.
“Incoming Acting FDA Commissioner [Dr. Ned] Sharpless must, on day one, work to protect our nation’s children from a lifetime of nicotine addiction by putting the full force of FDA behind this effort,” Durbin said in a statement.
“An epidemic must be dealt with immediately, not months or years from now,” he said.
The senators are pressing Juul for detailed information on its sales and ad spending; how the company plans to keep underage people from seeing its ads or buying its products; new business dealings that emerged after the Altria announcement; how the company plans to verify ages and prevent people from ordering in bulk online; and what financial ties the company has to the “conservative-leaning and anti-regulation organizations” that wrote to President Trump in February, hoping to hamper the FDA’s crackdown.
#JUUL: How social media hyped nicotine for a new generation

#JUUL: How social media hyped nicotine for a new generation

In addition, the lawmakers requested a complete list of “social media influencers” paid by Juul to publicize its brand. A CNN investigation in December shed light on Juul’s influencer program and identified several of the social media users who participated. At the time, a representative for Juul said that the company had abandoned that program, describing it as small and short-lived. But now the senators want to know whether the company conducted this business in line with Federal Trade Commission regulations.
CNN has reached out to Juul for comment on the letter, which was addressed to its CEO, Kevin Burns. The senators requested a response by April 25.
Juul has maintained that its products are intended to convert adult former smokers to what it describes as a less-harmful alternative. It says it has taken steps to curb underage use, as well. But in the wake of the Altria deal, the senators say, Juul “has lost what little remaining credibility the company had when it claimed to care about the public health.”
FDA investigates reports of seizures after vaping

FDA investigates reports of seizures after vaping

The FDA revealed in November that vaping had increased nearly 80% among high schoolers and 50% among middle schoolers since the year before. Public health experts say that Juul has largely propelled the rise, holding about 75% of the e-cigarette market in the United States.
Experts worry that e-cigarettes could put kids’ developing brains at risk, get them hooked on nicotine early in life and be a gateway to smoking and other drugs.
The FDA has been conducting its own investigation into e-cigarette companies in an effort to uncover whether they are marketing products illegally and outside the agency’s compliance policy. The agency also conducted a surprise inspection of Juul’s San Francisco headquarters in October, seizing thousands of documents, many of which relate to its sales and marketing practices.
Most of the same senators also wrote to Juul last year, pressing the company to take swift action to keep its nicotine-filled products out of kids’ hands — but they have been disappointed by the lack of progress made since then, the lawmakers said.
“While you and your investors may be perfectly content with hooking an entire new generation of children on your tobacco products in order to increase your profit margins,” the letter says, “we will not rest until your dangerous products are out of the hands of our nation’s children.”
The DHS is a sprawling giant of 22 agencies that merged together in the wake of 9/11. The department’s 240,000 employees handle everything from hurricanes to cyber security to border security to terrorism.
As secretary of homeland security, a lot of things can happen on your watch: A botched response to a hurricane, or a serious cyber attack, or a major terrorist assault, or rising numbers of migrant families trying to cross the southern border.
That’s why in the past the top job at DHS has gone to a party elder skilled in politics, such as the former governor of Arizona, Janet Napolitano, who served in the role during President Obama’s first term or, the former governor of Pennsylvania, Tom Ridge, who served under George W. Bush.
How border hardliners nudged out Nielsen

If it wasn’t a skilled politician who took the top DHS job, it went to officials who had served at the highest levels of policy-making or the US military such as the Bush-appointed Michael Chertoff, who ran the criminal division at the Department of Justice where he oversaw the investigation of the 9/11 attacks.
During his second term Obama appointed Jeh Johnson, who had been the top lawyer at the Pentagon, while Trump appointed Gen. John Kelly, the former four-star general in charge of Southern Command, which is responsible for all US military operations in Latin America.
Kirstjen Nielsen was neither a political heavyweight nor had she served in senior policy or military roles when she took over DHS.
Nielsen had worked at the George W. Bush White House in a relatively junior role for three years and then had gone into the private sector for more than a decade. When Kelly was tapped by Trump to run DHS, Nielsen was appointed to be his “sherpa” during his confirmation process.
DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen's ouster exposes Trump's immigration crisis

DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen's ouster exposes Trump's immigration crisis

Kelly was impressed and made Nielsen his chief of staff at DHS. When Kelly moved to the White House to serve as Trump’s chief of staff, Kelly brought Nielsen over to be his deputy. Kelly then pushed for Nielsen to take over DHS.
Like so many other top Trump officials, Kelly was eventually forced out and in December he left the White House. Kelly had served as a heat shield for Nielsen, who sometimes bore the brunt of Trump’s ire. The President blew up at her at a Cabinet meeting last spring because she was hesitant to sign a memo ordering migrant children to be separated from their parents, according to the New York Times.
In October, Kelly and national security adviser John Bolton had a curse-laden shouting match at the White House about the rising number of migrant crossings at the southern border. Bolton told Kelly that Nielsen needed to do her job, which led to the heated argument in which Kelly defended his former deputy, according to CNN.
With Kelly gone, Nielsen no longer had an advocate at the White House. She became Trump’s scapegoat for the rising number of migrant families trying to cross the southern border in recent months.
Many of those families are fleeing the violence and economic travail of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, and there isn’t much that any DHS secretary can do to try to stem the flow of migrants willing to leave everything behind to seek a better future in the United States.
Almost a century ago one such desperate migrant, Mary Anne MacLeod, left the Outer Hebrides islands of Scotland, one of the most poverty-stricken parts of Europe, to find work as a servant in New York. Mary later married Fred Trump. They had five children, including a son named Donald.
Trying to dissuade migrants such as Mary Anne MacLeod from leaving countries where they see no future to seek their fortune in the United States is likely beyond the ken of any secretary of homeland security.