Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen is resigning

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen is resigning

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen is resigning

U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen is leaving her position, President Donald Trump said in a tweet on Sunday, as the administration pursues an overhaul of the department responsible for immigration policy.

He also said that Kevin McAleenan, the US Customs and Border Protection commissioner, will replace her. The people say she has always been frustrated by the difficulty getting other departments to help with the growing number of families coming crossing the border.

Nielsen skipped last week's meeting of interior ministers from the Group of Seven in Paris to deal with the migration crisis, which she compared to the aftermath of a Category 5 hurricane.

He recently threatened to close the border, or parts of it, if Congress did not change US laws to fix what he called immigration "loopholes".

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

Recently, the President has spoken several times about the idea of shutting down the southern border entirely. She was sworn in as DHS secretary in December 2017.

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.

This breaking news story will be updated.

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