The Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Kristjen Neilsen is reportedly headed to the White House this afternoon to tender her resignation to President Trump, according to a CBS News report.
BREAKING: @CBSNews has learned Homeland Security secretary @SecNielsen is meeting with President Trump this evening to submit her resignation: @stevenportnoy per @PaulaReidCBS @MajorCBS @CBSNews pic.twitter.com/wi28ucXJRJ
— Pamela Falk (@PamelaFalk) April 7, 2019
Neilsen was reported to have been blindsided by Trump’s sudden decision to withdraw the nomination of Ronald Vitiello to become the head of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) division of the Homeland Security Department, which Trump announced earlier this week saying he wanted to go in a “tougher” direction.
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It is uncertain whether Neilsen’s resignation is a voluntary protest at being eliminated from the decision-making loop or a forced resignation by a president unhappy with her failure to execute his heartless and racist immigration agenda in a way that managed to achieve any of its desired aims.
With Trump’s draconian immigration policies in effect over the past two years, the number of asylum seekers has actually increased as the president’s threats to tighten border security encourage desperate refugees seeking to escape the threat of violence in their Central American home countries to cross the border and claim their legally mandated asylum hearings before it’s too late.
A senior official told CBS that Nelsen’s expected resignation is “part of a massive DHS overhaul engineered and directed by top Trump adviser Stephen Miller,” which would indicate either that the resignation is being engineered by the notoriously anti-immigration white nationalist White House advisor or that Neilsen disagrees strenuously with Miller’s plans.
Either way, if Miller is indeed behind the reorganization, you can expect that the Trump administration’s Homeland Security Department and its ICE paramilitary police will become even more xenophobic and savage in their methods going forward.
This is a developing story so stay tuned for more details.
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Original reporting by Paula Reid and Major Garret at CBS News.