Senate paves way for Trump's next DHS chief

Senate paves way for Trump's next DHS chief
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The Senate on Wednesday cleared the way for President TrumpDonald John TrumpLawmakers prep ahead of impeachment hearing Democrats gear up for high-stakes Judiciary hearing Warren says she made almost M from legal work over past three decades MORE’s next pick to lead the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

Senators voted 54-41 to confirm Chad WolfChad WolfDocumentary groups challenge Trump administration's vetting of immigrants' social media White House backs Stephen Miller amid white nationalist allegations Top House Democrats ask for review of DHS appointments MORE to be the department’s under secretary of Homeland Security for strategy, policy, and plans.

Wolf has been filling the roll in an acting capacity. But giving him Senate confirmation allows for Trump to name him to be the acting Department of Homeland Security secretary.

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Wolf has been part of the administration's efforts to crack down on the flow of migrants at the southern border.

Prior to joining the administration, he worked as a lobbyist advocating for companies that used H-1B visas to employ foreign workers.

Wolf will become Trump's fifth acting or Senate-confirmed DHS secretary in less than three years, following Kevin McAleenan, who stepped down earlier this month, Kirstjen NielsenKirstjen Michele NielsenTrump puts Kushner in charge of overseeing border wall construction: report Hillicon Valley: Google to limit political ad targeting | Senators scrutinize self-driving car safety | Trump to 'look at' Apple tariff exemption | Progressive lawmakers call for surveillance reforms | House panel advances telecom bills Minority lawmakers call out Google for hiring former Trump DHS official MORE, Elaine DukeElaine Costanzo DukeChad Wolf becomes acting DHS secretary Senate paves way for Trump's next DHS chief Five things to watch at Supreme Court's DACA hearings MORE and John KellyJohn Francis KellyMORE.

There were reports that Trump wanted to tap acting U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Director Ken Cuccinelli, another immigration hard-liner, to lead DHS.

But he was ineligible for the position under the Vacancies Act.

Cuccinelli is viewed as unconfirmable in the Senate due to his time spent supporting primary challengers against top GOP senators. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellKey House and Senate health leaders reach deal to stop surprise medical bills Biden: 'No party should have too much power' Overnight Energy: Pelosi vows bold action to counter 'existential' climate threat | Trump jokes new light bulbs don't make him look as good | 'Forever chemicals' measure pulled from defense bill MORE (R-Ky.) previously warned against naming him to lead the department.

CNN reported on Wednesday that Cuccinelli is expected to be named to be acting DHS deputy secretary.