US Homeland Secretary resigns after 18 months in office

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President Donald Trump on Sunday announced the resignation of Homeland Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, underscoring his intent to toughen immigration policy amid a surge in illegal crossings along the southern border.

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 , just after 18 months in office.

President Trump tweeted; “Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen will be leaving her position, and I would like to thank her for her service.”

He also confirmed that the US Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan would become acting secretary.

“Despite our progress in reforming homeland security for a new age, I have determined that it is the right time for me to step aside,” Nielsen said in a resignation letter she later shared on Twitter.

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