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U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Nielsen resigns amid border turmoil

U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Nielsen resigns amid border turmoil

While President Donald Trump announced the resignation of Kirstjen Nielsen this past weekend, the homeland security secretary reportedly once gained the president's favor after tear gas was used at to repel a group of migrants attempting to cross the southern border.

In the same thread, Mr. Trump announced U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan, a well-liked, experienced border official, will become the acting head of the department.

Nielsen is Trump's second secretary of homeland security, taking over the cabinet post in December 2017 after John Kelly became White House chief of staff. Nielsen had worked as a top aide to Kelly at both DHS and the White House.

Nielsen was seen as Kelly's protegee.

There is little doubt that no matter how draconian her policies and disingenuous her answers to Congress about the family separation debacle, Nielsen could never be as grotesquely cruel or as dismissive of existing law as her boss demanded.

This is a developing story.

Sources told CNN that Nielsen tried to explain they could not bring the policy back because of court challenges, and White House staffers tried to explain it would be an unmitigated PR disaster.

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Nielsen's exit marks the end of a hard relationship with her boss, who was said to be unhappy with her performance despite her unswerving loyalty and full-throated defence of the president's most controversial policies.

The housecleaning blindsided Democrats, who have intensified their criticism of Nielsen and her deputies, particularly after she and then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions made a decision to prosecute all adults crossing the border illegally, even though it meant separating parents from their children.

It was not the first time Ms Nielsen's supposed departure has been reported. For one thing, Trump is obsessed with closing the border, which means closing ports of entry where people can cross legally.

"I think what's important about that conversation is it's not that one side is right and one side is wrong", Nielsen said.

After criticism as pictures of children in cages were spread across the world, Trump signed an executive order in June ending family separations and requiring that families be held together in federal custody while the adults awaited prosecution for illegally crossing the border.

"When even the most radical voices in the administration aren't radical enough for President Trump, you know he's completely lost touch with the American people", Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said yesterday. Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney has held his post since January, following John Kelly's resignation past year.

Last Friday, the President visited Calexico, California, where he said, "We're full, our system's full, our country's full - can't come in! And the problem is, the nature of the crossers, of migrants, coming across the border has changed", said York.