According to Ha’Aretz, Kristjen Nielsen resigned from her position as Homeland Security Secretary on Sunday after frustration over the number of migrants crossing into the U.S. from Central America.
Nielsen resisted some of Trump’s harshest immigration measures, which were supported by senior adviser Stephen Miller. Now, Miller is in charge of immigration and border affairs.
Nielsen finally resigned after Trump decided, without discussing with Nielsen, to pull the nomination of acting Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director Ron Vitiello. This was seen as an attempt by immigration hard-liners such as Miller to bring in more people who share their opinions.
The Washington Post reported that “six administration officials said Friday that the decision to jettison Vitiello was a sign of the expanding influence that Miller now wields over immigration matters in the White House.”
"There's definitely a larger shake-up abreast being led by Stephen Miller and the staunch right wing within the administration," someone close to Nielsen told Politico on Monday. "They failed with the courts and with Congress and now they're eating their own."
On Sunday, Trump tweeted that U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Keven McAleenan would become head of the department. McAleenan has been a well-respected border official for many years.
“I have determined that it is the right time for me to step aside,” Nielsen wrote in her resignation letter . “I hope that the next secretary will have the support of Congress and the courts in fixing the laws which have impeded our ability to fully secure America’s borders and which have contributed to discord in our nation’s discourse.”
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