Kirstjen Nielsen, the current homeland security secretary, apparently drafted her letter of resignation Wednesday after a heated confrontation with the president regarding immigration.
Nielsen stood her ground against the president, defending her handling of immigration policy, and even citing the law in certain instances.
Nielsen recently made headlines for her decision to refer all those who cross the border illegally for prosecution despite any valid asylum claim they may make. This decision will undoubtedly result in the forced separation of many immigrant children from their parents.
Nielsen released the following statement after the confrontation:
“The President is rightly frustrated that existing loopholes and the lack of congressional action have prevented this administration from fully securing the border and protecting the American people. I share his frustration. Border security is the most basic and necessary responsibility of a sovereign nation. These are complex issues and I will continue to direct the Department to do all we can to implement the President’s security-focused agenda.”
Nielsen assumed the role of homeland security secretary after her predecessor, John Kelly, was selected to be the president’s chief of staff.