DHS Sec. Kirstjen Nielsen "Resigns"

DHS Sec. Kirstjen Nielsen

The announcement came after Nielsen met with President Donald Trump, who recently decided, according to the Wall Street Journal, to drop border official Ron Vitiello's nomination to head of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

She led the federal agency since December 2017, and was this administration's third Homeland Security secretary.

Kirstjen Nielsen, the Department of Homeland Security Secretary unexpectedly resigned Sunday. Once Mr Kelly left the White House a year ago, Ms Nielsen's days appeared to be numbered. "Congress should do its due diligence and properly vet the next DHS Secretary".

This is a developing story.

Her departure however may be part of a redesign of the DHS under the oversight of Trump advisor Stephen Miller, CBS is reporting.

Trump has made a clampdown on illegal immigration a centerpiece of his two-year-old presidency, leading chants of "Build that wall" at his rallies as he has sought to cut back on the number of newcomers entering the US without proper documentation. "Nielsen went to the White House to speak with Trump on Sunday following their trip to the border", per the AP.

House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., said her tenure was "a disaster from the start".

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But she brushed off the demonstration, tweeting that she would "work tirelessly" to fix the "broken immigration system".

Ms. Nielsen's relationship with Mr Trump has been rocky - she was often berated for not being tough enough, she alternated between resisting some of Mr. Trump's more outlandish policy requests and first capitulating, then staunchly defending the administration's policies. The Trump administration has bumped up against legal restrictions and court rulings that have hamstrung many of its major efforts to remake border security. She was seen as a staunch backer of the president's restrictive immigration policies.

The U.S. Coast Guard is administered by the Department of the Homeland Security.

Looking ahead to Trump's forthcoming appointment of the department's next secretary, the group added that "the Senate can and should take its advise and consent role seriously this time".

Her resignation letter, obtained by The Associated Press, had not a whiff of controversy unlike others who have left from the administration.

After domestic and worldwide criticism, Trump signed an executive order in June ending family separations, but a government report last month showed that more than 200 children had been taken from their families since that time.

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