President Trump just announced that Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen “will be leaving her position” after a little over a year.
Her replacement, Kevin McAleenan, was also announced by the president who said: “I have confidence that Kevin will do a great job!”
The announcement came after a meeting with President Trump at the White House today.
Reports are that Nielsen resigned:
The Wall Street Journal reports: “However, the secretary had been blindsided by the decision to drop Ron Vitiello, a veteran border official, from consideration to head ICE, and that, compounded by the ongoing immigration crisis, prompted her to resign”
Nielsen tweeted out the announcement:
This afternoon I submitted my resignation to @POTUS and thanked him for the opportunity to serve in his administration.
— Acting Sec. Kevin McAleenan (@DHSMcAleenan) April 7, 2019
The reason the president also announced on Friday he is pulling the nomination for the new ICE director is because he wants to go in a “tougher direction”.
Could it be that President Trump is also going with a tougher person in the Homeland Security position? Kevin McAleenan is the current commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
….I am pleased to announce that Kevin McAleenan, the current U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner, will become Acting Secretary for @DHSgov. I have confidence that Kevin will do a great job!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 7, 2019
Recently, Nielsen has expressed her frustration with Congress and with the need for help on immigration legislation.
Nielsen was in El Paso, Texas last week for a border tour to asses border activity and the response to the influx of illegals:
“Our system and facilities were never structured to withstand the current influx of immigrants.”
During Nielsen’s tenure, illegal immigration increased almost every month.
Reports that immigration expert Stephen Miller has had a hand in much of the decisions on immigration at the border lately.
The left is already trashing him on Twitter because he is such a hardliner on law and order at our southern border.