US Homeland Security chief Nielsen resigns amid border turmoil

Trump replaces homeland security chief

FILE PHOTO - Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen (C) and commissioner for Customs and Border Patrol Kevin McAleenan (L) walk with U.S. President Donald Trump during a visit to a section of the border wall in Calexico California, U.S., April 5, 2019. Ms Nielsen was responsible for the proposed border wall between the United States and Mexico, plus the migrants passing through the territory divide. "I hope that the next secretary will have the support of Congress and the courts in fixing the laws which have impeded our ability to fully secure America's borders and which have contributed to discord in our nation's discourse".

Immigration is set to be one of the most vexed issues between Democrats and Republicans leading up to the 2020 elections.

Kirstjen Nielsen, pictured in October 2017, listens as US President Donald Trump nominates her as US Secretary of Homeland Security.

Tensions between the White House and Nielsen have persisted nearly from the moment she became secretary, after her predecessor, Kelly, became the White House chief of staff in 2017.

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McAleenan has helped shape numerous Trump administration's policies on immigration.

Nielsen's resignation was preceded on Thursday night by the abrupt withdrawal of the nomination of acting Immigration and Customs Enforcement director Ron Vitiello to formally lead the agency, with Trump telling reporters Friday morning that he wanted to go in a "tougher direction". Her departure provides political fodder but little comfort, given Trump's demands for ever more severe policies. "That she is reportedly resigning because she is not extreme enough for the White House's liking is deeply alarming". With a mounting number of Democrats adding their names to the race, immigration policy and practice will dominate U.S. headlines in the months to follow. More than half were families with children. A press conference to announce the most recent border numbers - scheduled to be held by McAleenan on Monday - was postponed. Two children in US detention died late a year ago and hundreds of families are still being separated.

Gidley, the White House spokesman, acknowledged that numerous immigration changes Trump wants - like overhauling the program that grants preference to people with US citizen or legal resident relatives; and the visa lottery process - would require congressional action. He predicted White House officials will seek "something more stringent and tougher to try to make it more hard for [undocumented] migrants to access the asylum system". "She had a background in cybersecurity". And it's up to the secretary of Homeland Security to come up with better ideas about how to keep illegals - who are primarily economic migrants but understand how to exploit the asylum laws and think Trump is powerless to stop them - from getting into the country. A protege of Kelly's, he brought her to the White House after Trump named him chief of staff.

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