Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen is “leaving her position”, President Trump tweeted on Sunday.
“Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen will be leaving her position, and I would like to thank her for her service,” Trump wrote.
Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen will be leaving her position, and I would like to thank her for her service….— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 7, 2019
According to the president, CBP Commissioner Kevin McAleenan will become the Acting Secretary for the department.
“I have confidence that Kevin will do a good job!” he wrote.
….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!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 7, 2019
Nielsen’s resignation comes just four days after her visit to El Paso to tour Border Patrol facilities and international ports of entry.
According to the Associated Press, sources said she has been frustrated by difficulty getting other departments to help with the growing number of families coming crossing the border.
Nielsen had previously considered resigning, but officials at the time recognized there were no obvious successors in place, the AP reports.
Read her resignation letter below:
McAleenan was also recently in the Borderland, where he called on Congress to act on the migrant influx at the border.
“Continued inaction by Congress is going to continue to put people at risk,” he said. “The vulnerable migrants on their journey in Mexico as they cross our border in increasingly hot weather and our own personnel and unfortunately children in our custody.”