Homeland secretary Kirstjen Nielsen stepping down, Trump says

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Kirstjen Nielsen listens as U.S. President Donald Trump nominates her as next U.S. secretary of homeland security in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC, October 12, 2017.

CBS News reports that Nielsen's possible resignation is just one of several expected in a "a massive DHS overhaul" created to take the Department of Homeland Security in a "tougher direction", more in line with Trump's campaign rhetoric.

A protégé of former White House chief of staff John Kelly, Nielsen had reportedly fallen out of favor in recent months with the president, who has been frustrated with an unprecedented flow of Central American families reaching the U.S. -Mexico border.

If Nielsen does tender her resignation, it is expected that Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan will replace her, at least temporarily.

The Trump administration adopted the policy of separating migrant children from their parents early past year as part of its "zero tolerance" approach to illegal immigration, meant to deter families from leaving home in the hope of entering the United States.

Nielsen has faced a great deal of harassment as DHS secretary.

Recently, the President has spoken several times about the idea of shutting down the southern border entirely. Nielsen has also been one of only three women serving in Mr. Trump's Cabinet, the others being Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao and CIA Director Gina Haspel.

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Her departure, noted the New York Times, "comes just two days after Mr. Trump, who has repeatedly expressed anger at a rise in migrants at the southwestern border, withdrew his nominee to run Immigration and Customs Enforcement because he wanted the agency to go in a "tougher" direction".

She was sworn in as DHS secretary in December 2017. "We're told that she did not fight or grovel to keep the job".

Homan said he blamed Congress and current USA law for the border crisis: "We are enticing people to come".

It was not the first time that Nielsen's supposed departure had been reported. Nielsen, who served in President George W. Bush's administration, never overcame internal skepticism about her allegiance to Trump.

That included the widely condemned practice of separating migrant children from their parents as part of a "zero tolerance" policy of prosecuting all illegal border crossers.

House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., said her tenure was "a disaster from the start".

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