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Home | News | National News | Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen leaving Trump administration amid surge of migrants on U.S.-Mexico border
Jan 30, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; Secretary of homeland security Kristjen Nielsen speaks during a Super Bowl LIII security press conference at Georgia World Congress Center. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports USA TODAY Sports

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen leaving Trump administration amid surge of migrants on U.S.-Mexico border

President Donald Trump announced Sunday that Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen was leaving the administration, marking the exit of a second top immigration official in a matter of days as the White House continues to grapple with an influx of migrants on the southern border.

Replacing her on an acting basis will be Kevin McAleenan, who currently serves as the commissioner of Customs and Border Protection, Trump said Sunday. The announcement on Twitter came shortly after Trump and Nielsen met at the White House, according to two senior administration officials.

“Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen will be leaving her position, and I would like to thank her for her service,” Trump tweeted Sunday evening. “I am pleased to announce that Kevin McAleenan, the current U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner, will become Acting Secretary for @DHSgov. I have confidence that Kevin will do a great job!”

The meeting between Trump and Nielsen was not disclosed on the president’s public schedule that was distributed by the White House, and it came three days after the White House abruptly yanked the nomination of Ronald Vitiello, who had been picked as Trump’s director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The president later signaled that he wants the nation to go “in a tougher direction” on immigration enforcement.

It was not immediately clear whether Nielsen resigned or if Trump fired her. One senior administration official said Nielsen “did not go with the White House with the intention of resigning.”

In the past week, Trump has grappled with a response to the surge of migrants at the border, most notably by threatening to close off the U.S.-Mexico border but backing off within days after pleas from business leaders and Republican lawmakers who warned that a border closure could be devastating to the economy.

Trump toured the border in Calexico, Calif., on Friday and spoke at a roundtable with border and immigration officials to make a case to the public and to Congress for tougher enforcement policies. Nielsen joined him on that trip and appeared at the roundtable.

The number of apprehensions at the southern border soared in March, to nearly 100,000 arrests compared to 58,000 in January, according to the Department of Homeland Security. Much of the surge is attributable to Central American families who are seeking asylum in the United States.

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Authors: JOSH DAWSEY, NICK MIROFF AND SEUNG MIN KIM, THE WASHINGTON POST

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  1. Mueller's gone but the party is just starting!

    THANK GOODNESS THIS WITCH PIDUJA Kirstjen Nielsen is DONE GONE! she was a total waste like the rest in Donald Trump’s CESSPOOL SWAMP! What’s the count now, about 46 that have either resigned or got fired by Donald Trump, AND COUNTING!
    CROOKED DONALD TRUMP FOR PRISON IN 2021!

    • Hey moron, her replacement will enforce border security even better, douche

      • Mueller's gone but the party is just starting!

        Hey Mad Mike, CUCARACHA INDIVIDUAL 1, Kevin McAleenan will only pick up where KKKirstjen Villain Nielsen and John KKKelly left off! Back to putting immigrant children inside cages and separating them from their parents.
        And before long, he’ll be summoned to go before congress to receive his well deserved dress down scorning.
        And asked to resign, or Donald Trump will end up firing him just like he fired the previous other two disgusting bigots. The good thing is that the drama continues inside the swamp making time seem to go faster.
        And before long,It’ll be Donald Trump’s turn to face judicial punishment before two houses of democrat controlled congress!
        The democrats are taking down names ,and Donald Trump is the BIG BONANZA PRIZE! on top of their list.
        2020 will soon be here before we know it and 2021 will be the year to look forward too.
        THE CLAMPDOWN AND THE TAKE DOWN of the GOP!
        And giving our government and country back to where it belongs, IN THE HANDS OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE!
        You maggot, you just don’t get it do you? no more voter suppression or gerrymandering by the republicans anymore.
        Mitch McConnell can stock up the courts with his partisan corrupted republicans judges! But they’ll feel very uncomfortable dealing with the majority of the American public.
        And besides, Brett Kavanaugh will still have to go before both houses of congress before he gets impeached and removed from the Supreme Court.
        Donald Trump will be behind bars in a prison uniform before then, no pardon no leniency no chance of parole.
        Cucaracha Mad Mike! I’ll rent you out a ROACH MOTEL! it’s a four by four foot card board box with plenty is sticky substance where your six legs never move.

        • What a psycho! Albert living in a delusional alternative universe with severe TDS. The same moron that predicted crooked Hillary would be president, the Democraps would take control of both the Senate and House and lastly Texas would become a blue state. Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Keep on losing LOSER!

    • ALBERTO FOR PRISON IN 2020!!!

      • Mueller's gone but the party is just starting!

        Mad Mike!
        SUSPECT CUCARACHA INDIVIDUAL 1!!!
        MAD MIKE! VETERANO DE LA PINTA EN 2020 !!!!!

      • While in prison the moron would probably drop the soap in the shower and try to pick it up. Then he will qualify for a tear drop tattoo on his face. Nonetheless he is one fugly dude.

    • Albert lusting over Kirstjen. rofl. She wouldn’t even look at you or give you the time of day. Albert the libtard misogynist and racist.

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