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 TrumpMnuchin knocks Greta Thunberg's activism: Study economics and then 'come back' to us The Hill's Morning Report - House prosecutes Trump as 'lawless,' 'corrupt' What to watch for on Day 3 of Senate impeachment trial MORE’s next pick to lead the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

Senators voted 54-41 to confirm Chad WolfChad WolfTrump courts new controversy with travel ban expansion Democrats press Trump administration to stop DNA collection from detained migrants Trump administration installs plaque marking finish of 100 miles of border wall 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.


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 NielsenActing DHS secretary says he expects Russia to attempt to interfere in 2020 elections House Homeland Security rip DHS's 'unacceptable' failure to comply with subpoena Trump puts Kushner in charge of overseeing border wall construction: report 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 McConnellThe Hill's Morning Report - House prosecutes Trump as 'lawless,' 'corrupt' Tensions between McConnell and Schumer run high as trial gains momentum No. 2 GOP leader eyes Wednesday of next week for possible votes on witnesses 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.