November 13, 2019

BREAKING: Senate Advances Nomination of Chad Wolf to DHS Leadership

Press Release

Today Chad Wolf received Senate confirmation to become undersecretary of Strategy, Policy, and Plans, clearing his path to replace Kevin McAleenan as acting secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. Wolf previously served as chief of staff to former DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, where he helped carry out the mass separation of thousands of immigrant families.

In response, Families Belong Together Chair Jess Morales Rocketto released the following statement:

“Chad Wolf was at Nielsen’s side, as the Trump administration tore thousands of families apart and threw children in cages.

“This administration is responsible for the preventable deaths of innocent children and horrific conditions in detention camp—even going so far as to claim children are unworthy of soap or toothbrushes. Chad Wolf has already carried out shameful acts to further Trump’s cruel immigration agenda. With him at the helm of D.H.S., the lives of children and families will continue to be at risk. The American people deserve public officials who fight for children and protect families.”

Reports also say Wolf intends to elevate immigration hardliner, Ken Cuccinelli, to the number two position as acting deputy secretary for the Department of Homeland Security.


The Families Belong Together coalition includes nearly 250 different groups comprising tens of thousands of Americans from all backgrounds who have joined together to fight the Trump Administration’s cruel family separation and anti-immigrant agenda. Led by the National Domestic Workers Alliance, MoveOn, the ACLU, and The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, the Families Belong Together coalition organized the National Day of Action that saw hundreds of thousands of people protest the family separation policy and other inhumane immigration policies at more than 780 events in all 50 states. The coalition is at the forefront of the fight to permanently end family separation and incarceration, immediately reunite all families who remain torn apart, reverse the Trump administration’s zero-humanity policy that created this crisis, and hold accountable anyone who has profited politically or financially from the suffering of these families.

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