As I said on Sunday, the next step after the summary firing of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen is for the Trump regime to purge all officials not on board with Stephen Miller's hard-line white supremacist immigration policy. We're seeing that purge happening now in real-time.
United States Secret Service director Randolph "Tex" Alles is being removed from his position, multiple administration officials tell CNN.
President Donald Trump instructed his acting chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, to fire Alles. Alles remains in his position as of now but has been asked to leave.
The Secret Service director reports directly to the Secretary of Homeland Security, Kirstjen Nielsen, who resigned on Sunday amid growing pressure from the President. The director oversees the Secret Service's work on both protection and investigations.
"There is a near-systematic purge happening at the nation's second-largest national security agency," one senior administration official says.
United States Citizenship and Immigration Services director Francis Cissna and Office of the General Counsel's John Mitnick are expected to be gone soon, and the White House is eyeing others to be removed.
The President in recent weeks empowered Stephen Miller to lead the administration's border policies "and he's executing his plan" with what amounts to a wholesale decapitation or the Department of Homeland Security leadership, the official says.
Neither the USSS nor the White House immediately responded to CNN's request for comment.
Anyone who could possibly be in a position to object to what's coming or to stop it is being publicly removed. Trump already says he wants to reinstate child concentration camps for kids separated from migrant families, but if that were the full extent of Miller's plan, Nielsen would still be on board. When Trump says that America is "full" he means it. Trump means to end immigration, legal and illegal, by any means necessary. Those not on board with this are being removed. I've been saying this for years now, and it's all finally coming into focus.
No, after this purge, the real horrors will begin. Miller will have free reign, and the force of US federal might will be brought to bear against millions inside the country. Trump has already given the game away.
Two Thursdays ago, in a meeting at the Oval Office with top officials -- including Nielsen, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, top aides Jared Kushner, Mercedes Schlapp and Dan Scavino, White House counsel Pat Cipollone and more -- the President, according to one attendee, was "ranting and raving, saying border security was his issue."
Senior administration officials say that Trump then ordered Nielsen and Pompeo to shut down the port of El Paso the next day, Friday, March 22, at noon. The plan was that in subsequent days the Trump administration would shut down other ports.
Nielsen told Trump that would be a bad and even dangerous idea, and that the governor of Texas, Republican Greg Abbott, has been very supportive of the President.
She proposed an alternative plan that would slow down entries at legal ports. She argued that if you close all the ports of entry all you would be doing is ending legal trade and travel, but migrants will just go between ports.
According to two people in the room, the President said: "I don't care."
That's important, because what followed next is an impeachable offense.
Last Friday, the President visited Calexico, California, where he said, "We're full, our system's full, our country's full -- can't come in! Our country is full, what can you do? We can't handle any more, our country is full. Can't come in, I'm sorry. It's very simple."
Behind the scenes, two sources told CNN, the President told border agents to not let migrants in. Tell them we don't have the capacity, he said. If judges give you trouble, say, "Sorry, judge, I can't do it. We don't have the room."
After the President left the room, agents sought further advice from their leaders, who told them they were not giving them that direction and if they did what the President said they would take on personal liability. You have to follow the law, they were told.
This is why Trump tweeted last weekend that he wants to "get rid of judges". Right now they are ordering Trump to follow the Constitution.
A federal judge on Monday blocked an experimental Trump administration policy that requires asylum seekers to wait in Mexico while their cases make their way through the U.S. immigration court system, a major blow to President Trump’s efforts to stem the surge of crossings at the southern border.
U.S. District Judge Richard Seeborg in San Francisco enjoined the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) policy days after outgoing Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen pledged to expand the program. The policy began in January at the San Ysidro port of entry in California but has been extended to the Calexico, Calif., entry and to the entry in El Paso, and Seeborg wrote that the approach would have been further extended if the court had not stepped in.
Several hundred migrants have been returned to Mexico under the program after seeking asylum at the border.
It's only a matter of time before SCOTUS sides with Trump again on immigration policy. He's already telling border agents to violate American law. Stephen Miller's job is to make sure that when Trump again tells agents to break the law, the leadership in charge of these agencies tells those agents to obey Trump and not the law.
And when they decide to obey Trump and not the law, and not the Constitution, America ends and something far more sinister begins.
History tells us that whatever follows, it will almost certainly be a bloody nightmare. If you're still wondering how Germans in the 1930s stood by while the Nazi Party put Jews in camps, I remind all of us that we're living that scenario in real time today.