Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen is headed for the door and will be leaving the Trump administration this week, President Trump announced on Twitter.
“Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen will be leaving her position, and I would like to thank her for her service,” the president said in a pair of posts.
“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!” Trump added.
BizPac Review reports former acting director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Thomas Homan previously regarded McAleenan as “probably one of the smartest guys I’ve ever worked with.”
“He knows border issues, and he can hit the ground running,” Homan told Fox News’ Jon Scott on “Fox Report,” Fox News reports. “He knows the border… he will start day one.”
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Homan claimed that loopholes in the immigration system are motivating migrants to dangerously venture hundreds or thousands of miles to try and get to the U.S.
“We are enticing people to come,” he said of the laws on the books, via BizPac Review. “We need to get Congress to fix the loopholes that cause these caravans to come. The numbers are up because half of Congress are for open borders.”
And there’s no mistaking that Homan is speaking about Democrats.
“They want to abolish ICE, they support sanctuary cities and they wonder why there is the massive numbers on the border?” he said. “Of course there’s massive numbers on the border because we’re enticing people to come.”
Stressing that there are no consequences for crossing into the U.S. illegally, he said that McAleenan “will think outside the box.”
“Kevin will put his foot on the gas,” he insisted, while recognizing that in many ways his hands will be tied by Congress.
Nielsen took to Twitter after the president’s announcement to clarify that she resigned from her post, providing Trump with a resignation letter earlier that afternoon.
“Its been an honor of a lifetime to serve with the brave men and women of @DHSgov. I could not be prouder of and more humbled by their service, dedication, and commitment to keep our country safe from all threats and hazards,” Nielsen said in a pair of posts, accompanied by her resignation letter.
ABC News reports the resignation comes amid some public, though mostly private, frustrations between Nielsen and Trump. Citing an unnamed source, ABC News claims the president is holding Nielsen responsible for worsening border figures.
From the report:
Nielsen was scheduled to meet with the president at 5 p.m. in the White House residence about border security, but sources told ABC News that the meeting turned into a discussion about Nielsen’s future.
On her way back to Washington, D.C., from the border Friday, Nielsen called Trump asking to meet over the weekend about a path forward with regard to the border, a source close to Nielsen told ABC News.
The president had been refusing to believe Nielsen couldn’t make the worsening border numbers go down herself and had been holding her personally responsible for the numbers, the source said.
This “led to intense clashes, angry phone calls, and frustration between her and the president,” the source said.
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