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Kirstjen Nielsen to resign as Homeland Security Secretary

Kirstjen Nielsen to resign as Homeland Security Secretary

".I am pleased to announce that Kevin McAleenan, the current U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner, will become Acting Secretary for [DHS] I have confidence that Kevin will do a great job!"

After CBS News reported Nielsen meant to resign Sunday from the position she has held since December 2017, the president confirmed on Twitter she would be leaving her position. Someone who hid migrant children's deaths and other killings on CBP watch: CBP Commissioner - Kevin McAleenan. Nielsen had recently warned a congressional panel of a "catastrophe" on the Southern border after the number of crossings hit a 10-year high. Nielsen faced more public pressure after the Trump administration enacted a policy of family separation that resulted in thousands of migrant children being separated from their parents, which the president ultimately reversed.

None of this, however, seems to have been enough for Trump, whose ever hardening push against illegal immigration has left no room for the 46-year-old, an old hand of the administration who signed on at the start of the real-estate tycoon's presidency.

"It is clearer now than ever that the Trump administration's border security and immigration policies - that she enacted and helped craft - have been an abysmal failure and have helped create the humanitarian crisis at the border", he added, according to NBC News.

He said in a statement, however, that she should not serve as a scapegoat, blasting Trump for "terrible and cruel policies".

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Two sources told AP that Nielsen went to the White House today to speak to Trump following their trip to the border late last week. DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen reportedly met with President Donald Trump around 5 p.m.

But she was by the president's side on Friday in Calexico, California, as Mr. Trump pushed for a crackdown on illegal immigration and the need for a border wall.

"We're going in a little different direction".

Nielsen's position had been rocky for some time. The agency's 22 components include TSA, Customs and Border Protection, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, FEMA, the Coast Guard, Secret Service, Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers, the National Protection and Programs Directorate, and the Science and Technology Directorate.

Sunday's meeting took place 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.


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