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It's Trump vs. Trump as immigration divides White House - Source Politico

Posted on Apr 11,2019
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"POTUS ran on certain things, and most times people want him to do something outside of those campaign promises, they get slapped back,” said one senior administration official of Donald Trump. | Jacquelyn Martin/AP Photo

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By ELIANA JOHNSON, NANCY COOK and ANITA KUMAR

WASHINGTON, DC. -
President Donald Trump is in a fight over immigration — with himself.

Trump denied on Tuesday that he is “cleaning house” at the Department of Homeland Security. But on Wednesday, the White House was eyeing a replacement for a senior DHS official whose job congressional Republicans are trying to save.

The president has also said he has no plans to renew the administration’s highly controversial migrant child separation policy — even as officials throughout the administration weigh a plan to make arrested border-crossers choose whether to “voluntarily” separate from their kids.

And while Trump recently told senior aides that White House adviser Stephen Miller is his unofficial immigration czar, he told reporters on Wednesday that his son-in-law Jared Kushner would be out with an “exciting” immigration plan “soon.”

As the president faces blowback from his slow-motion decapitation of the Department of Homeland Security, Trump is presenting two public faces on immigration. He is offering rhetoric that undersells the dramatic moves underway in his administration to curb illegal immigration and deter asylum seekers from entering the country. And he is toggling between Kushner, who has spent months fashioning an immigration package that can attract bipartisan support and appease the business community, and Miller, who as a Senate aide was notorious for killing legislation like that.

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