Published: Tue, April 09, 2019
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Homeland Security Sec. Nielsen resigns amid border turmoil

Homeland Security Sec. Nielsen resigns amid border turmoil

And Russell Vought is the acting OMB boss while Mulvaney is running the West Wing.

In a resignation letter, she said it was her "great honor" to serve in the post.

Her replacement, McAleenan, has helped shape numerous administration's policies to date and is considered highly competent by congressional leaders, the White House and Homeland Security officials.

Nielsen also faced a critical response in a number of instances for comments that were seen as tone deaf. She thanked Trump and DHS staff for their hard work. Immigration authorities apprehended about 36,000 families along the southwestern border in February, making it the busiest February for border officials in the last 12 years.

Last Friday, the President visited Calexico, California, where he said, "We're full, our system's full, our country's full - can't come in!"

The president grew frustrated with Nielsen again early this year as the number of migrants rose and as she raised legal concerns about some of Trump's more severe impulses, particularly when his demands clashed with US immigration laws and federal court orders.

Garza stressed the need for Congress to change USA immigration laws "so that we stop encouraging illegal immigration". But there's no effort afoot to craft the kind of bipartisan immigration overhaul bill that would be able to pass both chambers.

"She put in place some of the president's most brutal policies relating to the treatment of asylum seekers", said Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-San Antonio, chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. But it's unclear if he can have much more of an effect on the issues at the border.

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.

Politico reports that Miller has been "telephoning mid-level officials at several federal departments and agencies to angrily demand that they do more to stem the flow of immigrants into the country". That could prove a problem during his interactions with Trump, who has moved in recent days to turn off the American aid spigot to those countries over frustrations that their governments are doing too little to prevent their citizens from fleeing north.

On Thursday, the United States president unexpectedly withdrew his nomination for the head of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), citing an aim to pursue a "tougher stance". A source familiar with Nielsen's thinking told CNN Nielsen is taking this as a relief.

Hillary Clinton weighed in on Nielsen's resignation online on Monday, saying the Trump administration's "dehumanisation and cruelty toward migrants will not stop" after she's gone, since it's their "principal policy".

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