Trump announces ouster of US Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen via Twitter

Trump announces ouster of US Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen via Twitter

Trump announces ouster of US Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen via Twitter

The US Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen, who enforced some of President Trump's controversial border policies, has resigned.

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.

Trump said Kevin McAleenan, the current commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, would serve as acting secretary. "I have confidence that Kevin will do a great job!" Fox News is told Trump wanted the "toughest cop" around on border security, and McAleenan fit the bill.

Trump has been pressing in recent weeks to reinstate the family separation policy, which Nielsen resisted, a source said.

Nielsen's departure was first reported by CBS News.

It was unclear early on Monday what legally sound strategies McAleenan could implement to achieve Trump's objective of limiting migrant crossings at the southern border, especially as crossings are expected to reach their yearly peak in the coming months, immigration experts said.

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She will be remembered most, however, as the primary defender of the Trump administration's most widely condemned practice - since revoked - of separating migrant children from their parents as part of a policy of prosecuting all illegal border crossers. As Trump said last Friday when he pulled his nominee to lead ICE, he wants to bring about a "tougher" era of immigration policy and enforcement.

Stephen Miller, the hardline anti-immigration White House adviser, has been calling mid-level officials in several federal agencies to deliver angry tirades about their failures to stop immigrants from crossing the border. When Kelly moved to the White House as Trump's chief of staff in July 2017, Nielsen went with him as his deputy. "I'm forever grateful and proud of the men and women of DHS who work so hard every day to execute their missions and protect the homeland", she continued. The announcement on Twitter came shortly after Trump and Nielsen met at the White House, according to two senior administration officials. That Nielsen herself is gone now is maybe of little solace to the families still waiting to see their children again, but at least somebody is now feeling defeated within that administration... we can only hope.

House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., said her tenure was "a disaster from the start".

At the same time, reports that the Trump team is reportedly eyeing a successor with an even more hard-line approach to immigration triggered alarm.

Gidley, the White House spokesman, acknowledged that numerous immigration changes Trump wants - like overhauling the program that grants preference to people with US citizen or legal resident relatives; and the visa lottery process - would require congressional action.

Nielsen, 46, has held the position since December 2017.

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