Monday, April 8, 2019
Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen will be leaving her position, and I would like to thank her for her service....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 7, 2019
Here is Nielsen's resignation letter. She explains that
"[d]espite our progress in reforming homeland security for a new age, I have determined that it is the right time for me to step aside. 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. Our country - and the men and women of DHS - deserve to have all the tools and resources they need to execute the mission entrusted to them."
As the administration seeks to address serious immigration issues, including a volatile environment along the US/Mexico border, President Trump's immigration enforcement bureaucracy is in turmoil. Late last week, President Trump abruptly pulled the nomination of Ron Vitiello to head Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Shortly after the announcement, Presidential candidate Julian Castro discussed Nielsen's resignation -- and "tortured legacy" of family separation -- on NPR. Stephen Collinson for CNN analyzes Nielsen's departure.
In response to Secretary Nielsen’s resignation, Democratic National Committee Deputy War Room Director Daniel Wessel released the following statement:
“Secretary Nielsen’s legacy will be separating children from their families and lying to the American people about it -- yet even that was not cruel enough for Donald Trump’s anti-immigrant agenda. Nielsen is the latest victim of a presidency marked by chaos, but as always, theproblem comes from the top and nothing will change. In fact, Trump has only begun to escalate his attacks on families and asylum seekers, and his latest proposals would actually make the humanitarian crisis at the border worse.”