But it appears his personal appointee at DHS was the force behind the insubordination by Acting Secretary Elaine Duke and her confused and legally insipid extension of TPS for Honduras, and a year long end game for TPS for Nicaragua. Very strange in that he extended TPS for Haiti only six months, while Duke for some strange reason gave Nicaraguans 12 months. It was readily apparent she was seeking to sabotage Trump Administration policy on immigration in general and TPS in particular. Stranger still that Duke was Kelly's pick to succeed him in the acting basis.
The story gets more interesting in that the brain child behind the strange extensions of TPS is an Obama Deep State bureaucrat from the State Department that was brought to DHS by Kelly, similar to General McMasters who has a strange love affair with Obama political appointees at the National Security Council.
The Deep State operative is James D. Nealon who was appointed to an Assistant Secretary position in DHS.
The federal government should provide extended protective status to 300,000 non-citizens living in the United States, says a top John Kelly-appointee at President Donald Trump’s Department of Homeland Security.It is beyond strange that two senior political appointees would be so openly hostile to their patron and insubordinate as well, much less obstructionist to the Trump immigration enforcement plan. Wheels in wheels. Stranger still is why Kelly didn't bring down the hammer on such insubordination and incompetence. But this does illustrate one of the problems President Trump has, he just won't choose loyalists for important and lesser positions in his Administration. This is a problem he will have to solve if he is to succeed.
The proposed temporary amnesty comes from James (Jim) D. Nealon, the assistant secretary for International Affairs in DHS’s Office of Strategy, Policy, and Plans, just as top officials debate whether to end the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designations for nationals from four Central American countries, many of whom have benefitted from status renewals for close to two decades.
They “work legally in great numbers,” are “liv[ing] the American dream,” and “have many thousands of American citizen children,” “it makes no sense to send [citizens of Honduras, Nicaragua, and El Salvador] back to their country of origin,” Nealon, a former U.S. ambassador to Honduras appointed in 2014 by then-President Barack Obama, argues in an October 31, 2017, memorandum obtained by Breitbart News.
[John Kelly-Appointed DHS Official Urges: Extend Work Permits for 300,000 Migrants, by Amanda House, Breitbart, November 5, 2017]