Trump Running Out of Options for Homeland Security Secretary

WASHINGTON — Nearly a year before the 2020 election, President Trump is running out of options in his search for a leader for the Department of Homeland Security who could win Senate confirmation or even serve in an acting capacity — and still carry out the president’s immigration crackdown.

The White House’s top personnel official advised Mr. Trump on Monday that two potential choices to lead the department, Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II, the acting director of the agency overseeing legal immigration, and Mark Morgan, the acting commissioner of Customs and Border Protection, are both ineligible for the position of acting homeland security secretary under the federal law that dictates who can fill secretary positions without Senate confirmation. The Wall Street Journal and Politico first reported the development.

Kevin K. McAleenan announced more than a week ago that he would leave as the fourth head of the department in Mr. Trump’s nearly three years in office.

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