Nielsen Resigns As Head of Homeland Security
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Kirstjen Nielsen is out as the secretary of Homeland Security.
In her resignation letter, Nielsen said she's confident that the nation is safer now than when she joined the administration.
Since being confirmed in December 2017, Nielsen noted the administration has "implemented historic efforts to defend our borders, combat illegal immigration, obstruct the inflow of drugs, and uphold our laws and values."
I have agreed to stay on as Secretary through Wednesday, April 10th to assist with an orderly transition and ensure that key DHS missions are not impacted.
— Secretary Kirstjen M. Nielsen (@SecNielsen) April 8, 2019
She also touted strides in cybersecurity and disrupting terrorist plots against the country.
During her tenure, Nielsen oversaw the controversial practice of separating children from parents at the border.
President Trump announced that Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan will step into the role of acting Department of Homeland Security secretary.
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