Trump's Homeland Security Chief Resigns

Trump's Homeland Security Chief Resigns

Trump's Homeland Security Chief Resigns

So wrote Esquire columnist Charles P. Pierce on Monday following the ouster of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen-and as signs that senior White House adviser and xenophobe Stephen Miller is exerting more control over immigration policy.

"Secretary Nielsen oversaw a department that separated families at the border.I'm concerned by the reports that she is resigning because she was not extreme enough", tweeted Congressman Elijah Cummings (D-MD).

Trump said Kevin McAleenan, the current commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, would serve as acting secretary. He said he had confidence that McAleenan "will do a great job!"

While Nielsen regained some support from the racist-in-chief by caging and tear-gassing Latino migrants, ultimately her refusal to violate existing law or to shut down the border, which would cause economic chaos, proved her undoing. A protege of Kelly's, he brought her to the White House after Trump named him chief of staff. They have denounced her implementation of the president's stringent immigration agenda, including the discontinued "zero tolerance" policy that led to the separations of more than 2,600 migrant children from their families near the border. "The President's unsafe and cruel anti-immigrant policies have only worsened the humanitarian suffering at the border and inflicted vast suffering on the families who have been torn apart".

Nielsen returned early from Europe and was with Trump in California as he toured the border Friday.

Nielsen's position had been rocky for some time.

Trump has vented privately that Nielsen hasn't adequately secured the border or enacted stricter immigration rules, even as she became the face of policies that administration critics called heartless and illegal.

Trump nominated Nielsen to be DHS secretary in October 2017.

Nielsen also faced a critical response in a number of instances for comments that were seen as tone deaf.

Trump announced the resignation in a tweet today. She added: "The Trump Administration's increasingly toxic anti-immigrant policies were resoundingly rejected by the American people in the midterm election".

Trump's official chief of staff, for now, is far-right firebrand Mick Mulvaney. Fifty-five-year old Patrick Carlineo Jr., a vocal Trump supporter who told investigators he "loves the president" and "hates radical Muslims in our government", called Omar's office and delivered an expletive-laden rant, saying, "Do you work for the Muslim Brotherhood?" Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney has held his post since January, following John Kelly's resignation previous year. Gloria Chavez with the U.S. Border Patrol, center, and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen listen.

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