Kirstjen Nielsen, the Homeland Security secretary, submitted her resignation after meeting privately with Trump on Sunday, and the White House announced Monday that Randolph "Tex" Alles, the director of Secret Service, would be leaving his position "shortly".
Last summer the administration had separated more than 2,500 children from their families before global outrage forced Trump to halt the practice and a judge ordered them reunited.
Nielsen had grown frustrated by what she saw as a lack of support from other departments and meddling by Trump aides on hard immigration issues, according to three people familiar with details of her resignation.
A recent shakeup at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has raised concerns among lawmakers, including allies of U.S. President Donald Trump. When Kelly moved to the White House as Trump's chief of staff in July 2017, Nielsen went with him as his deputy. Nielsen's name will be added to the long list of those who have shuttled in and out of cabinet posts in the last two years.
The New York Times reported almost a year ago, in May 2018, that Nielsen was close to resigning after Trump berated her in front of other Cabinet secretaries over increases in the number of immigrants crossing illegally from Mexico.
Nielsen's relationship with Trump has always been said to be hard.
The media cited an unnamed White House official that described this as a "near-systematic purge".
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Nielsen did "not resign willingly", according to several reports, though she recognized her job was "in limbo" for weeks.
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"They might be incredible educators or wonderful leaders in their own right", Stier says, "but they're not set out for success".
Abrar said that as United We Dream continues to "fight to stop ICE and CBP from becoming even more unsafe", the advocacy group would also be working to ensure that Nielsen's "legacy reflects the truth". A collection of advocacy groups has written an open letter to executives, calling on corporate America to block any administration officials associated with family separations, including Nielsen.
And then there's returning asylum seekers to Mexico and sometimes in their native countries. "So basically, the only job she can get now is working for R. Kelly".
"I will continue to support all efforts to address the humanitarian and security crisis on the border", Nielsen said in her first public remarks since her resignation.
"There has been deliberate foot-dragging and I think that's why you're seeing the White House take the necessary steps to clean house at DHS and put people in, hopefully, who will quickly execute what the president orders", he said. He claims his predecessor, President Barack Obama, is the one who separated children from their families.
Though aides had succeeded in talking Trump down from his border closure threat the week before, he had continued to crank up his rhetoric, warning by tweet that if Mexico didn't "immediately stop ALL illegal immigration coming into the United States through our Southern Border", he would be "CLOSING" the border, or large sections of it within a week.