On sunday end difficult relationship between Homeland Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen with her boss US President Donald Trump as she resigned from her position.
During her 18 months at the helm of the powerful agency, the 46-year-old became synonymous with the controversial practice of separating children from their parents, making her a frequent target of progressive groups and the Democratic opposition who repeatedly called on her to resign.
Nielsen’s immediate departure comes only two days after President Donald Trump announced that he was withdrawing the nomination of Ronald D. Vitiello to head U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Nielsen confirmed her resignation in a message on Twitter: she said, “This afternoon I submitted my resignation to @POTUS and thanked him for the opportunity to serve in his administration,” she wrote.
In a later tweet, Nielsen said she had agreed to stay on the job until Wednesday “to assist with an orderly transition and ensure that key DHS missions are not impacted.”
In her resignation letter, which she shared on Twitter, Nielsen said it had been an honor to lead the agency but that “I have determined that it is the right time for me to step aside.”
“I hope that the next secretary will have the support of Congress and the courts in fixing the laws which have impeded our ability to fully secure America’s borders and which have contributed to discord in our nation’s discourse,” she said. “Our country – and the men and women of DHS – deserve to have all the tools and resources they need to execute the mission entrusted to them.”
The move came just two days after she and Trump visited the Mexican border in California together, with the president delivering a stern message to would-be illegal immigrants and asylum seekers: “Our country is full.”
Border Patrol estimates put the number of migrants passing through Mexico at over 100,000 in March, most from El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala: the highest monthly figure in nearly a decade, according to Nielsen.