Anger Over Border Security Leads to Nielsen Resignation

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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.

On Saturday Ms Nielsen tweeted that she "could not be more proud" of border patrol agents, praising their "compassionate, humanitarian response" to border security. It is unclear, however, if he will have much more of an effect on issues at the border.

This was a move Conway was quick to bash the president for, as he pointed out Trump's ineffective efforts to retain cabinet members at key departments and noted that the president reversed immediately implementing Nielsen's resignation because it was probably against the law.

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.

At the same time, reports that the Trump team is reportedly eyeing a successor with an even more hard-line approach to immigration triggered alarm.

During her 18 months at the head of the powerful agency, Nielsen became synonymous with the controversial policy of separating children from their parents, making her a frequent target of progressive groups and the Democratic opposition who repeatedly called on her to resign.

When pressed, one White House official said there was a feeling in the West Wing that it was "just time" for Trump and Nielsen to part ways after bumping heads on numerous occasions during her 16-month tenure.

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"Nielsen will go down in history as presiding over an exceptionally cruel regime that separated families and violated human rights", Jayapal said.

Colorado-born Ms Nielsen has also overseen the huge swell in migrants trying to cross the border into America. She told a Senate committee that removing children from parents facing criminal charges happens "in the United States every day".

Under Nielsen, migrants seeking asylum are waiting in Mexico as their cases progress.

He had previously threatened to close the US-Mexico border if Congress and Central American governments did not act to stem a flow of migrants that saw Nielsen last week order an "emergency surge" of personnel to handle the situation. Right now there is space for about 3,000 families, and facilities are at capacity.

She led the federal agency since December 2017 and was this administration's third Homeland Security secretary.

Nielsen also advocated for strong cybersecurity defense and often said she believed the next major terror attack would occur online - not by planes or bombs. A protege of Kelly's, he brought her to the White House after Trump named him chief of staff.

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