U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen Resigns

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U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen has resigned after 16 months on the job and enormous pressure from the White House and public over the situation along the country's southern border.

"DHS is more than border security", Sandweg added.

"There's definitely a larger shakeup abreast being led by Stephen Miller and the staunch right wing within the administration", a person close to Nielsen told Politico. "I hope that the next secretary will have the support of Congress and the courts in fixing the laws which have impeded our ability to fully secure America's borders and which have contributed to discord in our nation's discourse". But like many Republicans, he made no detailed mention of her role in crafting or implementing immigration and border security.

The announcement she is leaving her post comes the day after the president visited the southern border.

Prior to becoming DHS secretary, Nielsen was Kelly's chief of staff at the agency - which has an annual budget of more than $40 billion and employs almost a quarter of a million people in multiple subdivisions. He has presided over some of the worst immigration actions and abuses of the Trump administration, while refusing to endorse the very worse of Trump's rhetoric.

Writing for the Daily Beast, reporter Asawin Suebsaeng revealed on Monday that two "knowledgeable sources" say that the ongoing combat between Nielsen and Miller was so intense that they "could barely be in the same room without making other top officials uncomfortable". Some policies she pursued on Trump's orders - such as family separation - proved to be fiascos and created public relations headaches, even if the Obama administration had done numerous same things. She walked into it prepared to resign, depending on what she heard.

NBC reports Trump has been pushing to reinstate the policy since January, when the numbers of undocumented immigrants crossing the border began to rise. 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. He predicted White House officials will seek "something more stringent and tougher to try to make it more hard for [undocumented] migrants to access the asylum system".

[W] ith almost 100,000 migrants apprehended by Border Patrol agents along the US-Mexico border in March, Trump is yet again ruminating angrily and obsessively over immigration, riffing in speeches about telling migrants "we're full" and "go back". Right now there is space for about 3,000 families, and facilities are at capacity.

Ms Nielsen has held her position since December 2017. A protege of Kelly's, he brought her to the White House after Trump named him chief of staff.

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