U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Resigns

Hello, this is Anna from IMS.

 

 

Today it was announced that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielson has resigned from her position.

 

The news comes following a meeting that Nielson and the President, and was confirmed via a tweet. (To see the full resignation letter, please see here

or here.) It has been said by many various sources that the resignation comes due to a dissatisfaction in performance concerning immigration from the country’s southern border and raising legal concerns for policy suggestions from the President. Kevin McAleenan, current U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner, has been selected to become Acting Secretary. This means that now, yet another Cabinet position, and a very important one, will be filled in by someone in an acting position.

DHS is responsible for customs and immigration, among many others, and therefore this could lead to delays in immigration process times in the near future; furthermore, the resignation of the current Secretary was due to concerns of a lack of strictness in regards to immigration, so there still remains a large question as to what changes may happen along with the change in staff.

 

Sources:

“DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen resigns after clashes with Trump on immigration” – CBS News 

“Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen leaving Trump administration amid surge of migrants” – The Washington Post

“Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen Resigns” – The Wall Street Journal

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