Published: Mon, April 08, 2019
Global Media | By Garry Long

Trump Announces Resignation of US Homeland Security Secretary Nielsen

Trump Announces Resignation of US Homeland Security Secretary Nielsen

"Despite our progress in reforming homeland security for a new age, I have determined that it is the right time for me to step aside", she wrote.

A report from CBS News, citing US officials, said Nielsen was expected to resign Sunday.

U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, who became best known for defending President Donald Trump's policy of separating migrant children from their parents, said on Sunday she was leaving her position effective immediately.

Her departure however may be part of a redesign of the DHS under the oversight of Trump advisor Stephen Miller, CBS is reporting.

She also has taken to social media in recent days, tweeting that Congress must give border and immigration officials the tools and resources needed to "fulfill our humanitarian and security mission".

Nielsen had a 5 p.m. meeting Sunday at the White House with Trump where she was planning to discuss with him immigration and border issues and a path forward, senior administration officials tell CNN.

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While Nielsen did not enter this meeting with the intention of resigning, this source says, it's it's possible that if Nielsen doesn't hear what she is hoping to that she could offer her resignation.

But she brushed off the demonstration, tweeting that she would "work tirelessly" to fix the "broken immigration system". Once Mr Kelly left the White House a year ago, Ms Nielsen's days appeared to be numbered. And during the government shutdown over Trump's insistence for funding for a border wall, Nielsen's stock inside the White House even appeared to rise.

Not so this time, as the President confirmed moments ago on Twitter. He was appointed CBP deputy commissioner in November 2014 by President Barack Obama.

Nielsen initially joined the Trump administration in January 2017 as a an assistant to Trump's first DHS secretary, John Kelly. The decision to name an immigration officer to the post reflects Trump's priority for a sprawling department founded to combat terrorism following the September 11 attacks.

Additional details are available on Fox News' website.

Mr. Trump signaled changes coming at the Homeland Security Department on Friday when he explained his decision to yank his nominee for head of ICE as wanting to go in a tougher direction.

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