Kevin McAleenan, presently commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), will be the fourth person to helm the agency under Trump. "But ultimately she implemented them, whether she did it quickly or slowly", he said.
"But was the resignation letter accepted?" he added, questioning if Trump had properly gone through the correct procedures to be legally able to appoint a new secretary to lead DHS. Nielsen "believed the situation was becoming untenable" with Trump "becoming increasingly unhinged about the border crisis and making unreasonable and even impossible requests", a senior administration official told CNN on Sunday. But in recent weeks, as a new wave of migration has taxed resources along the border and as Trump sought to regain control of the issue for his 2020 re-election campaign, tensions flared anew. Her departure provides political fodder but little comfort, given Trump's demands for ever more severe policies.
When pressed, one White House official said there was a feeling in the West Wing that it was "just time" for Trump and Nielsen to part ways after bumping heads on numerous occasions during her 16-month tenure.
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. She walked into it prepared to resign, depending on what she heard. With a mounting number of Democrats adding their names to the race, immigration policy and practice will dominate USA headlines in the months to follow. Border agents are on track to make 100,000 arrests and denials of entry at the southern border in March, more than half of which are families with children. Nielsen oversaw Trump's "zero tolerance" family separation policy and came under fire by Democrats for lying to Congress about the policy, as well as for withholding information on children who died in US custody.
Uhhh... WTF?! Blocking immigrants from claiming ASYLUM?
Trump has expressed frustration with the situation along the US border with Mexico, where hundreds of thousands of migrants trying to escape poverty and crime in central America have traveled in hopes of entering the United States. She was tasked with helping states secure elections following Russian interference during the 2018 election. During her time as Homeland Security secretary, she oversaw widely condemned policies including the forcible separation of families and the caging of children at the southern border. A protege of Kelly's, he brought her to the White House after Trump named him chief of staff.