Trump Announces Resignation of US Homeland Security Secretary Nielsen

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The National Immigration Law Center, which has battled the administration's policies in court, said on Twitter Sunday: "Nielsen presided over a [DHS] that showed a blatant disregard for our Constitution, civil rights, and human life".

US Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen (left) speaks with Border Patrol agents near a newly fortified border wall structure in California.

Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan during a press conference in Washington on October 29, 2018. She was sworn in as DHS secretary in December 2017. The people say she has always been frustrated by the difficulty getting other departments to help with the growing number of families coming crossing the border. Trump's administration is struggling to deal with an influx of Central American immigrants as U.S. -Mexico border crossings are at a 12-year high and straining the U.S. immigration system.

The personnel shake-ups were seen by observers as a signal the president wants to tack an even harder line.

Nielsen was accused last month of misleading Congress by the chairman of the House Committee of Homeland Security after she claimed under oath that migrant children were not being detained in "cages".

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It's great that Nielsen is (finally) gone, but she was the tip of the iceberg, and there are much bigger problems out there... like Mr. Comb-Over himself. Disaster relief, cyber security, transportation security, the Coast Guard, customs and policing the borders all fall under the department's purview. As more information becomes available we will update this post. CNN's Jake Tapper notes that rumors are these are only two of several changes in direction that will be coming down, focusing the President's agenda on a more definitive immigration and border policy. But she was also instrumental in ending the policy. She was long expected to be fired as Mr. Trump's dissatisfaction grew over an increase of migrants illegally entering the United States at the southwestern border. But despite reports he complained constantly about her performance, she remained steadfastly loyal.

The resignation comes days after the White House suddenly withdrew the nomination of Ron Vitiello, a longtime border official to lead U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, to go with someone "tougher".

"I did not hear that word used", she told a congressional hearing.

On Sunday, Thompson said Nielsen's time in office "was a disaster from the start." .

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