US Homeland Security Secretary Resigns

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US President Donald Trump has been faced with yet another high-level resignation, with Secretary of Homeland Security, Kirstjen Nielsen, becoming the latest to step down.

The policies Trump wants, and the outcomes he has promised, aren't within the power of the White House or the Department of Homeland Security.

Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan has taken over as department head.

The final straw came when Trump gave Nielsen no heads-up or opportunity to discuss his decision to pull the nomination of acting Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director Ron Vitiello - a move seen as part of a larger effort by Miller, an immigration hardliner, and his allies at the White House to clean house at the department and bring in more people who share their views, the people said.

"Nielsen will go down in history as presiding over an exceptionally cruel regime that separated families and violated human rights", Jayapal said.

Tear gas was used to disperse hundreds of Central American migrants attempting to seek asylum through the border city of Tijuana in November 2018.

"This is going to be a tough job".

As for Acting Secretary McAleenan's prospects: He's shown no particular signs of being better or worse than the average border hawk.

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Uhhh... WTF?! Blocking immigrants from claiming ASYLUM?

Border Patrol said it only used the chemical agent after several of its agents were hit by projectiles, though the agency's commissioner admitted that the patrollers were "wearing protective gear and did not suffer serious injuries".

Poverty and gang violence in Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador is largely responsible for the exodus.

Trump cut aid to those three countries last month in response to the surge.

Meantime, Democratic lawmakers and aides are gravely concerned that hard-line White House policy adviser Stephen Miller, who reportedly has Trump's ear and is leading the mini-purge, will convince the boss to nominate someone with the same ideological beliefs that are skeptical of any benefits of legal or illegal immigration from any country. "With McAleenan's appointment, Trump now has an acting homeland security secretary, defense secretary, interior secretary and chief of staff", notes Axios.

Delaware Democrat Chris Coons said Monday that what is "striking is how numerous secretaries of the largest departments of this government are acting at this point".

Images of sobbing children being taken from their parents a year ago fuelled a national outcry that saw Democrats demand she resign, as condemnation poured in from the United Nations, human rights groups, and four former first ladies - all mothers - who called the policy "cruel" and "immoral". "She had a background in cybersecurity". "I, like many, and maybe Nielsen herself are kind of puzzled as to what could happen". "It has to raise the question for anyone who is offered a cabinet opportunity with President [Donald] Trump whether their reputation will survive".

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