Kirstjen Nielsen, Department of Homeland Security Secretary, is resigning from her position


She added: "This was a firing or quitting of her own making, very few people who seemed to, I would say, embrace the Trump policy of family separation more so than Kirstjen Nielsen".

"Nielsen's expected departure is a part of a massive DHS overhaul engineered and directed by top Trump adviser Stephen Miller, according to a senior USA official", the report said.

Current Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen is resigning her position after a previously unremarked but scheduled meeting at the White House on Sunday.

President Trump has tweeted that Kevin McAleenan will replace Nielsen as DHS secretary. Trump announced the resignation in a tweet on Sunday.

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

Trump insists that the arrival of immigrants across the southern US border constitutes a national emergency.

In recent weeks, administration officials have been sounding the alarm over the increase in migrants at the southern border, underscoring the change in demographics as one of the reasons for the host of challenges they're facing. "We may be going in a different direction", he said then.

Nielsen has faced criticism over the past year, and has been a subject of recent critical segments from Fox News Channel's Lou Dobbs regarding her actions or, as some see it, perceived inaction on the border crisis.

After a previous Cabinet meeting during which Trump berated her for not acting strongly enough on preventing illegal immigration, Nielsen considered resigning, people familiar with the matter said at the time.



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