Homeland Security Sec. Nielsen resigns amid border turmoil


DOUG MILLS – New York Times

FILE -- President Donald Trump introduces Kirstjen Nielsen as his pick for Secretary of Homeland Security at the White House in Washington, on Oct. 12, 2017. Nielsen left her position as homeland security secretary on Sunday, April 7, 2019, ending a tumultuous tenure in charge of the border security agency that had at times made her the target of Trump's criticism. (Doug Mills/The New York Times)

WASHINGTON - Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen resigned on Sunday amid the administration's growing frustration and bitterness over the number of Central American families crossing the southern border.

President Donald Trump announced on Sunday in a tweet that U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan would be taking over as acting head of the department. McAleenan is a longtime border official who is well-respected by members of Congress and within the administration. The decision to name a top immigration officer to the post reflects Trump's priority for the sprawling department founded to combat terrorism following the Sept. 11 attacks.



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