Trump seen leaning hard on new Homeland Security chief over border

Trump seen leaning hard on new Homeland Security chief over border

Trump seen leaning hard on new Homeland Security chief over border

U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen has resigned after 16 months on the job and huge pressure from the White House and public over the situation along the country's southern border. Disaster relief, cyber security, transportation security, the Coast Guard, customs and policing the borders all fall under the department's purview.

Prior to becoming DHS secretary, Nielsen was Kelly's chief of staff at the agency - which has an annual budget of more than $40 billion and employs almost a quarter of a million people in multiple subdivisions.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi added it was "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".

"The president wants the problem solved and the crisis averted", Hogan Gidley, the White House principal deputy press secretary, said during a brief interview. With a mounting number of Democrats adding their names to the race, immigration policy and practice will dominate U.S. headlines in the months to follow.

"Ron is a good man, but we're going in a tougher direction", Trump told reporters Friday.

Nielsen's resignation comes days after she and Trump visited the Mexican border in California together, where the president delivered a message to would-be illegal immigrants and asylum seekers: "Our country is full".

[W] ith almost 100,000 migrants apprehended by Border Patrol agents along the US-Mexico border in March, Trump is yet again ruminating angrily and obsessively over immigration, riffing in speeches about telling migrants "we're full" and "go back".

Garza stressed the need for Congress to change USA immigration laws "so that we stop encouraging illegal immigration".

Think what you like of Trump, but the Border Patrol is being overwhelmed by the massive wave of people, including many families, from Central America seeking to cross illegally into the United States.

These include the US administration's much-criticised 2018 policy separating parents and children at the US-Mexico border. "I welcome her resignation and believe she should be held accountable for the abuses that happened under her watch". During her time as Homeland Security secretary, she oversaw widely condemned policies including the forcible separation of families and the caging of children at the southern border. "It has to raise the question for anyone who is offered a cabinet opportunity with President [Donald] Trump whether their reputation will survive".

"As someone who worked hard to put together bipartisan bills past year, Congress has tried hard to find pathways to work with this administration that still respects our humanitarian commitments, worldwide legal commitments", said Coons.

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