Kirstjen Nielsen, Department of Homeland Security Secretary, is resigning from her position

by Garry Watts April 8, 2019, 2:26
Kirstjen Nielsen, Department of Homeland Security Secretary, is resigning from her position

Earlier, local media reported citing sources in the Trump administration that US Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen was expected to offer her resignation on Sunday evening during a meeting with US President Donald Trump.

But privately, she had grown increasingly frustrated by what she saw as a lack of support from other departments and increased meddling by Trump aides, the people said.

President Donald Trump walks with Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen as they visit a newly constructed part of a border wall with Mexico in Calexico, Calif., Friday April 5, 2019.

Two sources told AP that Nielsen went to the White House today to speak to Trump following their trip to the border late last week.

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Nielsen was a close ally and confidante of Kelly, who left the administration at the end of 2018, marking a dramatic shift in the power dynamics of the West Wing, and there was continuing tension between Trump and Kelly over how the president treated her.

Trump and Nielsen have battled behind the scenes over the administration's immigration policy and efforts to build a wall on the southern border. Border agents are on track to make 100,000 arrests and denials of entry at the southern border this month, over half of which are families with children. It remains unclear whether Nielsen has made a decision to leave voluntary, or whether she has been pressured to resign. She was tasked with helping states secure elections following Russian interference during the 2016 election. Nielsen, who served in President George W. Bush's administration, never overcame internal skepticism about her allegiance to Trump.

Under Nielsen, migrants seeking asylum are waiting in Mexico as their cases progress.

He recently threatened to close the border, or parts of it, if Congress did not change US laws to fix what he called immigration "loopholes". Right now there is space for about 3,000 families and facilities are at capacity.

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