Kirstjen Nielsen has resigned as secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
After a tumultuous year and a half at DHS, she announced yesterday that she was resigning because, “I have determined that it is the right time for me to step aside.”
President Trump has named Kevin McAlneenan, the commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, as acting secretary.
The border situation has gone from bad to worse during her tenure, especially in the past few months, when an unprecedented surge of migrants and “asylum seekers” have overwhelmed the Border Patrol and ICE. As a consequence, thousands of illegals have had to be released into the U.S., with only a promise to show up for scheduled court dates. It is assumed that many or most will simply disappear.
President Trump had reportedly become increasingly unhappy with Nielsen’s performance lately and had expressed interest in taking a more hard-line approach. A further indication of that change of heart was his unexpected withdrawal last week of the nomination of Ronald Vitiello to head ICE.
In news that should encourage immigration restrictionists, unconfirmed reports suggest that senior White House adviser Stephen Miller, widely regarded as an immigration hawk, will assume responsibility for the administration’s immigration policy. The Washington Post reported on Friday that the president had told Miller that “he would be in charge of handling all immigration and border affairs.”
For more on the Nielsen resignation and possible aftermath, see the Business Insider.