Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen resigns from her position over the weekend as the crisis at the border continues.
President Trump made the announcement Sunday night confirming the news, after reports circulated shortly before suggesting Nielsen would be leaving.
The president took to twitter thanking Nielsen for her service, while subsequently announcing his pick to head the department next- U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Commissioner Kevin McAleenan.
Nielsen also took to twitter confirming the news saying she was grateful for the opportunity to serve calling it an “honor of a lifetime.”
Reports have circulated Nielsen was frustrated other departments’ lack of involvement in helping to mitigate the growing influx of illegal immigrants.
Its been an honor of a lifetime to serve with the brave men and women of @DHSgov. I could not be prouder of and more humbled by their service, dedication, and commitment to keep our country safe from all threats and hazards. pic.twitter.com/lIQ5iqGDmF
— Sec. Kirstjen Nielsen (@SecNielsen) April 7, 2019
Nielsen toured a portion of the border with President Trump late last week in California and also participated in an immigration roundtable with various officials.
Nielsen weighed in on the border crisis last week urging Congress to do its part to alleviate the massive number of illegal border crossings.
She went on to say the department expects 100,000 illegal migrant encounters at the border for the month of March.
Congress must act to confront this emergency by giving the men and women of @DHSgov the tools and resources to fulfill our humanitarian and security mission.
— Sec. Kirstjen Nielsen (@SecNielsen) April 2, 2019
Nielsen was nominated to lead the agency back in October 2017, and confirmed just weeks later.