Published: Mon, April 08, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Kirstjen Nielsen was forced out as DHS secretary

Kirstjen Nielsen was forced out as DHS secretary

Nielsen's relationship with Trump has always been said to be hard.

But she brushed off the demonstration, tweeting that she would "work tirelessly" to fix the "broken immigration system".

Mr. Trump also announced he was tapping U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) commissioner Kevin McAleenan to run DHS on an acting basis.

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.

Nielsen, 46, is among the longest-serving Cabinet heads in the Trump administration, and leads the federal government's third-biggest department, the Los Angeles Times reported last week in an article on how Nielsen had - for 15 months - "succeeded in holding onto her job, defying numerous reports that Trump had made a decision to fire her".

"Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen will be leaving her position, and I would like to thank her for her service...."

The president confirmed publicly a report by CBS News that Ms. Nielsen had gone to the White House to resign late Sunday afternoon.

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"@SecNielsen's legacy of tearing innocent families apart will follow her for the rest of her life-and she should be ashamed of the role she played", Democratic senator and 2020 hopeful Elizabeth Warren tweeted of Nielsen's exit.

After noting that the president initially liked when his DHS Secretary was "defensive over his policy proposals, over his vision for immigration", he stressed that over time the president's support for Nielsen waned.

Trump announced Nielsen's departure on Sunday, underscoring the president's intent to toughen immigration policy amid a surge in illegal crossings along the southern border. Trump wrote on Twitter.

The president has become increasingly angry over the number of migrants from central American countries coming over the US's southern border, with many of them trying to apply for asylum in the United States.

"It is clearer now than ever that the Trump administration's border security and immigration policies - that she enacted and helped craft - have been an abysmal failure and have helped create the humanitarian crisis at the border", he added, according to NBC News.

Before she was nominated as secretary, Nielsen worked as a deputy to former Marine General John Kelly, who headed DHS before becoming White House chief of staff.

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