BREAKING! Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen informed President Trump on Sunday that she would be resigning in the wake of his administration’s sudden decision to drop the nomination of the leading candidate to head the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
“Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen will be leaving her position, and I would like to thank her for her service….” Trump tweeted.
Trump announced that U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Commissioner Kevin McAleenan will replace Nielsen.
“I am pleased to announce that Kevin McAleenan, the current U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner, will become Acting Secretary for
@DHSgov. I have confidence that Kevin will do a great job!”
….I am pleased to announce that Kevin McAleenan, the current U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner, will become Acting Secretary for @DHSgov. I have confidence that Kevin will do a great job!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 7, 2019
Fox News reports that Nielsen met with Trump at the White House Sunday amid an ongoing influx of migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border that has been taxing America’s immigration system and sparking frustration within the White House. The Associated Press, citing two sources, reported Sunday that Nielsen had been frustrated with the difficulty of getting other departments to help deal with the growing number of families crossing the southwestern border.
Nielsen skipped last week’s meeting of interior ministers from the Group of Seven in Paris to deal with the migration crisis, which she compared to the aftermath of a Category 5 hurricane.
She also has taken to social media in recent days, tweeting that Congress must give border and immigration officials the tools and resources needed to “fulfill our humanitarian and security mission.”
She visited El Paso, Texas, on Wednesday, marking her first stop on a border tour aimed at assessing the surge of migrants and the department’s response. “Our system and facilities were never structured to withstand the current influx of immigrants,” she said.
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