Trump fires Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen

U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen arrives for a hearing of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on Capitol Hill

Trump has previously criticized Nielsen for insufficient firmness, telling reporters last November that she needed to get "much tougher" on the border.

Just two days before she resigned, Nielsen traveled to the USA southern border with Trump. She returned to Washington immediately after the visit, while Trump continued on to California and Nevada.

In March, agents apprehended 100,000 immigrants at the southern border - the highest number in 12 years. Another caravan appeared to be forming.

An estimated 100,000 individuals were apprehended in March alone, the highest level in a decade according to USA border officials.

"DHS could also permissibly direct the separation of parents or legal guardians and minors held in immigration detention so that the parent or legal guardian can be prosecuted", the memo read. Why couldn't he deliver?

The original policy called for the prosecution of individuals crossing the border illegally between ports of entry, which resulted in children being separated from their parents.

The Associated Press reports that more changes are on the way.

That's not to say Nielsen didn't enjoy fleeting moments of Trump's approval.

Donald Trump, Jr. also chimed in writing, "I see that the head of the Farrakhan Fan Club, @IlhanMN, took a short break from spewing her usual anti-semitic bigotry today to accuse a Jewish man of being a "white nationalist" because she apparently has no shame". Trump abandoned that policy a year ago in the face of widespread public outrage, and it was subsequently struck down in court.

Nielsen and Trump have reportedly been at odds for months.

"I have determined that it is the right time for me to step aside", Nielsen wrote in her resignation letter.

Nielsen travelled to the US-Mexico border on Friday with Trump to participate in a roundtable with border officers and local law enforcement. And he didn't like it. He predicted White House officials will seek "something more stringent and tougher to try to make it more hard for [undocumented] migrants to access the asylum system".

Nielsen, who resigned Sunday, has a resume offering expertise in managing a massive cabinet agency. NBC News Justice Correspondent Pete Williams said earlier today on MSNBC that this is the most disorganized the DHS has been since its creation in 2002.

Just today, a federal judge blocked the Trump administration's policy that sought to force asylum seekers to wait in Mexico. It had to be a mistake, staffers reasoned.

In perhaps the most repeated political lie of 2018, which was bolstered by the mainstream media, the Trump administration was not responsible for a policy that separated migrant families at the border. Vitiello, a Border Patrol guard, had been awaiting confirmation by the Senate.

But word began to spread that his nomination was being yanked. As they toured a section of newly rebuilt barriers, Nielsen was at Trump's side, introducing him to local officials.

But inside she was fuming. But it was later announced she would stay on the job until Wednesday. Nielsen had come prepared with a list of ideas to share with the president.

"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. But I have been at the table when Secretary Nielsen and Vice President Pence have talked about these things, and said that they think that this is the best way to protect America. One of those power struggles among White House aides? "And so the president's looking around to reshape his team so he can have the people in place to carry out his agenda".

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