first_imgIn her resignation letter, Nielsen also 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 has announced that Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan will step into the role of acting Department of Homeland Security secretary. President Trump says Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen is stepping down.Trump tweeted yesterday that current Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan will serve as acting DHS secretary.Nielsen served since December 2017 and enforced the administration’s policy of child separation at the border.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.— Sec. Kirstjen Nielsen (@SecNielsen) April 7, 2019last_img

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