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Nielsen Resigns As Head of Homeland Security

Customs Commissioner Kevin McAleenan will take over as acting DHS Secretary

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." 

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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