Trump replaces homeland security chief

U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen arrives for a hearing of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on Capitol Hill

U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen arrives for a hearing of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on Capitol Hill

Kirstjen Nielsen, the U.S. Homeland Security Secretary who oversaw some of the controversial migration policies of Donald Trump's administration, has resigned.

Nielsen had traveled to the U.S. -Mexico border on Friday with Trump to participate in a roundtable with border officers and local law enforcement. Nielsen oversaw Trump's "zero tolerance" family separation policy and came under fire by Democrats for lying to Congress about the policy, as well as for withholding information on children who died in US custody.

Immigration experts say Trump lately has called for policies that would violate U.S. laws, worldwide agreements and court settlements or require U.S. Congress to pass major legislation. "I am pleased to announce that Kevin McAleenan, the current U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner, will become Acting Secretary for @DHSgov". And it's up to the secretary of Homeland Security to come up with better ideas about how to keep illegals - who are primarily economic migrants but understand how to exploit the asylum laws and think Trump is powerless to stop them - from getting into the country. CNN is reporting Trump ousted Nielsen following months of reported tensions between the two.

Now this President wants someone even "tougher". "We do know that he does advocate for border patrol agents and he has been trying to let the American public know of the crisis that's happening on the border", Garza said. Before that she was chief of staff to John Kelly during his term as DHS secretary.

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But by October she was back at DHS, this time as secretary. Why has the chief of Homeland Security QUIT?

"Many feared President Donald Trump would repeat Richard Nixon's 'Saturday Night Massacre" by firing a series of top officials at the Justice Department in an effort to oust the special counsel.

The original policy called for the prosecution of individuals crossing the border illegally between ports of entry, which resulted in children being separated from their parents.

But Gidley and other White House officials were unable Monday to describe exactly what it was that the president wanted Nielsen's successors to do differently. But despite reports he complained constantly about her performance - and that he believed she was not harsh enough - she remained steadfastly loyal. In all, this declaration paves the way for the U.S. president to acquire about $8 billion on the construction of the 376.5 kilometers long (234 miles) wall on the border with its southern neighbor. "I, like many, and maybe Nielsen herself are kind of puzzled as to what could happen". While it's not yet clear whether Trump requested Nielsen's resignation or not, it certainly appears as if that "tougher direction" is extending to a new DHS secretary.

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