As Homeland Security secretary, Kirstjen Nielsen became the face of family separations and other harsh policies demanded by President Donald Trump to stop the human flow across the border. In the end, as the migrants kept coming, Trump decided she wasn't draconian enough to suit him.
Trump announced Nielsen's resignation via tweet after the two met Sunday afternoon at the White House. Her departure came after Trump's frustration spilled out in increasingly erratic ways. They included threats to close the border — rescinded amid reminders of the economic devastation that would result — and his sudden withdrawal of his nominee to lead ICE, Ronald D. Vitiello, because he wanted the agency to go in a “tougher direction."
Trump's relationship with Nielsen has long been tumultuous. Stephen Miller, the hard-line White House immigration policy adviser, is said to have pushed to get her out.
For Nielsen's part, she "believed the situation was becoming untenable with the president becoming increasingly unhinged about the border crisis and making unreasonable and even impossible requests,” a senior administration official told CNN. Those included steps to block asylum-seekers that she and others said would violate laws that they both wanted Congress to change.
Trump named Kevin McAleenan, the Customs and Border Protection commissioner, as acting secretary.
For Democrats, satisfaction in seeing Nielsen depart was tempered by the dread of what might come next. "About time," tweeted Sen. Elizabeth Warren. "@SecNielsen’s legacy of tearing innocent families apart will follow her for the rest of her life — and she should be ashamed of the role she played." House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in a statement: "It is deeply alarming that the Trump Administration official who put children in cages is reportedly resigning because she is not extreme enough for the White House's liking."
To read Nielsen's resignation letter, click here.
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