U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen leaving position

U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen leaving position

U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen leaving position

Nielsen's position had been rocky for some time.

Trump insists that the arrival of immigrants across the southern US border constitutes a national emergency so important that he sidestepped Congress' refusal to provide him with billions of dollars he requested to build the border wall.

Nielsen said the responsibilities of this sprawling, multi-faceted agency - formed in the aftermath of the September 11 terrorist attacks - are "vast and have never been more vital", and that it was "the honor of a lifetime to serve with the courageous men and women" of DHS.

McAleenan joins a growing list of "acting" department heads stepping in to fill Trump administration vacancies at ICE, the Pentagon, and the White House Chief of Staff.

After the resignation of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, chief political correspondent for the Washington Examiner Byron York, a Fox News contributor, warned the migrant situation has "clearly reached the breaking point".

Representative Bennie Thompson, the Democratic chairman of the House of Representatives Homeland Security Committee, said Nielsen's tenure at DHS "was a disaster from the start".

Nielsen told Trump that would be a bad and even risky idea, and that the governor of Texas, Republican Greg Abbott, has been very supportive of the President.

Nielsen's departure is part of a massive DHS overhaul at the hands of Trump adviser Stephen Miller, CBS News reported.

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Last month, she defended the president's declaration of a national emergency to secure funding for his pet project: A wall on the US-Mexico border.

Democrats on Capitol Hill seem happy she's gone, but expressed concern about harsher immigration policies to come. "She got caught up in President Trump's anti-immigration machine".

In that time she had to defend several of Trump's most controversial policies, including his increasingly eccentric demands for a border wall and last summer's family separations at the border which led to accusations of cruelty around the world.

Kelly resigned as chief of staff on January 2 amid reports of a strained relationship with Trump.

"I will under no circumstances support a nominee who does not forcefully denounce this administration's policy of separating families at the border", Harris said. Trump headed to the border with Mexico to make a renewed push for border security as a central campaign issue for his 2020 re-election.

"At the end of the day", a senior administration official said, "the President refuses to understand that the Department of Homeland Security is constrained by the laws". She walked into it prepared to resign, depending on what she heard. She quickly became a trusted aide to Kelly, and the two worked together to impose order on a dysfunctional White House that lacked clear lines of command.

He then talked about why he believes there is a "genuine" crisis at the border.

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