REPORT! Crisis At Border As DHS Secretary Resigns After Meeting With Trump
Following a closed-door meeting on Sunday afternoon, President Trump announced that Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen is resigning from her position after 16 months on the job.
The news comes as a record number of illegal immigrants are making their way to the border every single day, many of them smuggling drugs, guns, and sex slaves into the country.
Its been an honor of a lifetime to serve with the brave men and women of @DHSgov. I could not be prouder of and more humbled by their service, dedication, and commitment to keep our country safe from all threats and hazards. pic.twitter.com/lIQ5iqGDmF
— Sec. Kirstjen Nielsen (@SecNielsen) April 7, 2019
President Trump also announced that filling Nielsen's role as Secretary would be U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan, whom the President said, "I have confidence that Kevin will do a great job!"
....I am pleased to announce that Kevin McAleenan, the current U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner, will become Acting Secretary for @DHSgov. I have confidence that Kevin will do a great job!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 7, 2019
Fox News reported,
In a subsequent tweet, Nielsen addressed "the brave and dedicated men and women of @DHSgov," saying she was "eternally grateful and proud of what you do each and everyday [sic] to protect our homeland".
"Our missions as a Department are vast and have never been more vital," Nielsen wrote. "You are in the arena- keep up the good fight. Thank you for your sacrifices and those of your families. God bless you and God bless our great country."
Nielsen met with Trump at the White House Sunday amid an ongoing influx of migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border that has been taxing America's immigration system and sparking frustration within the administration. The Associated Press, citing two sources, reported that Nielsen had been frustrated with the difficulty of getting other departments to help deal with the growing number of families crossing the southwestern border.
Read Kirstjen Nielsen's resignation letter below: