Homeland Security boss to leave Trump Administration

Saul Bowman
April 8, 2019

With Department of Homeland Security secretary Kirstjen Nielsen leaving the White House administration, President Donald Trump announced on Sunday that he has appointed Kevin McAleenan to serve as Acting DHS secretary.

The president said Kevin McAleenan, who now serves as the commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, would serve as acting secretary of the department of Homeland Security in Nielsen's absence.

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. The Wall Street Journal reported in November that Trump had made a decision to replace Ms Nielsen. Her time overseeing the sprawling department included conflict with Trump and overseeing a policy of separating children from their immigrant parents at the border with Mexico. CNN's source, a "senior administration official, "notes President Trump's frustration with the current asylum laws, and his desire for individuals who work for the administration to block central American asylum seekers from entering the United States -- contrary to the laws on the books that allow their entry".

Her department was responsible for implementing the proposed border wall and the separation of migrant families, and she became the face of the controversial moves.

"The fact that Secretary Nielsen can no longer be an effective messenger for the White House shows just how out of touch and cruel the President's immigration policies are", he said. Eastern time Sunday and told him she would be resigning from the agency.

And when participants in a January 2018 White House session on immigration quoted Trump as referring to African nations as "shithole" countries, Nielsen came to the president's defense.

"We're not going to go through the semantics", Thompson replied.

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

He had previously threatened to close the US-Mexico border if Congress and Central American governments did not act to stem a flow of migrants that saw Nielsen last week order an "emergency surge" of personnel to handle the situation.

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

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