President Trump made an unexpected announcement Sunday afternoon concerning the security of our nation.
He has accepted the resignation of our secretary for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
After about 17 months on the job, Kirstjen Nielsen is leaving. According to the Associated Press, Trump has threatened to fire her in the past, and she has considered resigning at least once before.
The AP’s sources said has been speaking to the president about border security and has been frustrated by how hard it’s been for her to get other departments to help her deal with massively increasing number of families coming across the southern border due to an asylum loophole that makes it much easier for family units to get through.
According to The Hill, Nielsen and Trump have bashed heads over the president’s desire for stricter immigration laws. The two of them traveled together to the border city of Calexico, California on Friday to talk to local authorities and see the new wall going up.
The asylum loophole, which allows migrants who claim to be family units to come through the border, be released into the U.S., and be trusted to show up for future court dates, has led a growing number of people to make the dangerous journey to the U.S.
The Trump administration has made it clear that the huge increase in asylum seekers — and the many people with them who don’t qualify for asylum — has created a humanitarian crisis at the southern border as Border Patrol agents and other government workers try to handle the flow.
On Sunday afternoon, Trump announced that Kevin McAleenan would replace Nielsen as acting secretary. McAleenan was the Customs and Border Protection Commissioner.