U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen Resigns

09 April, 2019, 06:25 | Author: Trevor Moore
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Why has the chief of Homeland Security QUIT?

A congressional official familiar with the matter said some in Congress believe Trump forced out Kirstjen Nielsen, who resigned as secretary on Sunday, in part because she was trying to obey laws on treatment of refugees, granting of amnesty and separation of families.

US President Donald Trump has been faced with yet another high-level resignation, with Secretary of Homeland Security, Kirstjen Nielsen, becoming the latest to step down.

The decision to name a top immigration officer to the job shows how important the issue of border security is to Trump. In response to the president's requests, she "repeatedly noted the limitations imposed on her department by federal laws, court settlements and global obligations". It was created after the September 11, 2001 attacks.

A senior administration official said Trump asked for Nielsen's resignation and she gave it. The Associated Press (AP) reports that her resignation was not expected.

None of this, however, seems to have been enough for Trump, whose ever hardening push against illegal immigration has left no room for the 46-year-old, an old hand of the administration who signed on at the start of the real-estate tycoon's presidency. They know that if they claim asylum at the border the authorities have no choice but to process and ultimately release them into the homeland. There she echoed Trump's comments on the situation at the border, though she ducked out of the room while Trump spoke. She returned to Washington afterward as Trump continued on a fundraising trip to California and Nevada. Last May, stories surfaced about Mr. Trump publicly berating her in front of the entire cabinet for failing to stop the crossings. People speaking with the AP say she was not forced to resign.

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"Whoever is put in that position in this administration is going to have a very hard time resisting the philosophy of the White House", Legomsky said. Nominated in October 2017, she was confirmed by the U.S. Senate in December.

Trump's immigration policy, which was a staple feature for his campaign for president, has become another stumbling block to partisan politics between Democrats and Republicans. But it's unclear if he can have much more of an effect on the issues at the border.

Efforts by the Trump administration to remake border security have been overturned by court rulings.

Castro, a member of the Democratic Party, said that McAleenan's support for Trump policies hurt "families and children at the border".

Tear gas was used to disperse hundreds of Central American migrants attempting to seek asylum through the border city of Tijuana in November 2018. Border agents are on track to make 100,000 arrests and denials of entry at the southern border in March, more than half of which are families with children. Susan Shand adapted it for VOA Learning English.

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