Kirstjen Nielsen was not extreme enough for Trump, says Nancy Pelosi

JABIN BOTSFORD  WASHINGTON POST  File		Kirstjen Nielsen

Current Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen is resigning her position after a previously unremarked but scheduled meeting at the White House on Sunday.

Kevin McAleenan, presently commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, will be the fourth person to helm the agency under Trump.

Tensions between the White House and Nielsen have persisted nearly from the moment she became secretary, after her predecessor, Kelly, became the White House chief of staff in 2017.

At the Department of Homeland Security, Nielsen replaced Kelly, who left the department to take over as Trump's chief of staff. Trump announced Kelly's departure in early December, CNN reported, but Nielsen remained in her role. "I'm forever grateful and proud of the men and women of DHS who work so hard every day to execute their missions and protect the homeland", she continued.

This is a developing story.

Despite reports Trump complained constantly about Nielsen performance - and that he believed she was not harsh enough - she remained a loyalist.

Repeatedly subjected to tough questioning by Democrats at congressional hearings, Nielsen became a lightning rod for criticism of Trump's policies.

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Close watchers of the White House immediately saw senior adviser Stephen Miller all over this forced resignation.

She proposed an alternative plan that would slow down entries at legal ports.

"Nielsen will go down in history as presiding over an exceptionally cruel regime that separated families and violated human rights", Jayapal said. There she echoed Mr Trump's comments on the situation at the border. She added: "The Trump Administration's increasingly toxic anti-immigrant policies were resoundingly rejected by the American people in the midterm election".

According to two of the sources, Nielsen told Trump that federal court orders prohibited the Department of Homeland Security from reinstating the policy, and that he would be reversing his own executive order from June that ended family separations.

"I said it before, but I really fear for our democracy when the body who creates the laws is telling the body who enforces the law, 'just don't enforce the law, '" Ms. Nielsen had told Fox News last month. Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, "you know he's completely lost touch with the American people". As Trump said last Friday when he pulled his nominee to lead ICE, he wants to bring about a "tougher" era of immigration policy and enforcement.

Three days ago, with Nielsen by his side, the president visited the US-Mexico border and voiced his frustration. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., said the government needed "steady, informed and effective leadership in the administration and in Congress to have any hope of fixing our out-of-control border security and immigration problems".

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