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 TrumpDeWine tests negative for coronavirus a second time Several GOP lawmakers express concern over Trump executive orders Beirut aftermath poses test for US aid to frustrating ally MORE’s next pick to lead the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

Senators voted 54-41 to confirm Chad WolfChad WolfSenate Democrats demand answers on migrant child trafficking during pandemic Watch live: Acting DHS chief testifies on deployment of federal agents to protests The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the Air Line Pilots Association - Key 48 hours loom as negotiators push for relief deal 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's acting ICE chief to leave post Trump's fight with city leaders escalates Neo-Nazi pleads guilty to 'swatting' Black church, Cabinet official, journalists MORE, Elaine DukeElaine Costanzo DukeTrump mulled selling Puerto Rico, former aide says Chad Wolf becomes acting DHS secretary Senate paves way for Trump's next DHS chief 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 McConnellTrump signs executive orders after coronavirus relief talks falter Coronavirus deal key to Republicans protecting Senate majority Coronavirus talks collapse as negotiators fail to reach deal 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.