US Homeland Security Secretary Resigns

US Homeland Security Secretary Resigns

According to CNN, Trump had been pushing outgoing Homeland Security secretary, Kirstjen Nielsen, to enforce a stricter and more widespread "zero tolerance" immigration policy, which went further than the original policy started by former attorney general Jeff Sessions previous year.

Nielsen's tenure at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has been marred by controversy and deep tension conflict between the Democrats and Republicans.

And while she may not have been aggressive enough for Trump, or Miller, Nielsen will forever remembered as the person who ran DHS during one of the darkest moments in US history.

The American president also said that before the new US Homeland Security secretary was officially appointed the current Customs and Border Protection commissioner, Kevin McAleenan, would serve as the acting secretary of the Homeland Security.

According to NBC, sources say Nielsen told Trump that federal court orders prohibited the Department of Homeland Security from reinstating the policy, and that he would be reversing his own executive order from June, which ended separations.

Colorado-born Ms Nielsen has also overseen the huge swell in migrants trying to cross the border into America.

Uhhh... WTF?! Blocking immigrants from claiming ASYLUM?

In a crisis like the one we're facing at the border, Trump should keep firing people until he finds the ones who will do the job. Rather, Nielsen's resignation "demonstrates the power of immigration hardliners inside the White House, including national security adviser John Bolton and senior adviser Stephen Miller, who, despite her defense of the administration's controversial policies, still deemed Nielsen insufficiently tough when it came to stemming the flow of migrants to the border".

On February 15, Trump signed a declaration to impose the state of emergency in the region of the country's southern border, which allowed him to access additional funds for the Mexico border wall project. Vitiello, a Border Patrol guard, had been awaiting confirmation by the Senate.

Garza stressed the need for Congress to change USA immigration laws "so that we stop encouraging illegal immigration".

The US president has lately ramped up his efforts to enforce strict immigration policy and cut aid to three South American countries last month. "I welcome her resignation and believe she should be held accountable for the abuses that happened under her watch".

California Sen. Kamala Harris, a member of the Homeland Security Committee and a 2020 Democratic White House hopeful, tweeted Monday that she would "under no circumstances support a nominee who does not forcefully denounce this administration's policy of separating families at the border". "It has to raise the question for anyone who is offered a cabinet opportunity with President [Donald] Trump whether their reputation will survive".

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