Nielsen Thanks DHS Law Enforcement Officers, Calls out Congress in Resignation Letter

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Department of Homeland Security Secretary (DHS) Kirstjen Nielsen announced her resignation Sunday evening, taking time to thank the law enforcement agents she served with while bashing Congress for dragging their feet on border security.

Nielsen served as DHS secretary during a tumultuous period for the department, especially as it related to her oversight of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) throughout President Donald Trump’s quest to clamp down on illegal immigration and build a wall along the southern border.

In her resignation letter to President Trump, Nielsen explained that she was grateful for the opportunity to serve as secretary along with the law enforcement agents she oversaw.

“It has been my great honor to lead the men and women of the Department as its sixth Secretary. 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. I join all Americans in thanking them for their services and those of their families.”

She also took aim at Congress in her letter, pointing to their continued inaction when it comes to border security. As IJR previously reported, ICE and CBP have been forced to release migrants into the U.S. due to overcrowding of detention centers. Nielsen has repeatedly told Congress that the southern border is at a crisis point, yet there has been little action taken by the legislative branch to address the issues.

In her letter, Nielsen took aim at Congress and called on them to make more of an effort to work with the next secretary.

“I hope that the next secretary will have the support of Congress and the courts in fixing the laws which have impeded our ability to fully secure America’s borders and which have contributed to discord in our nation’s discourse. Our country — and the men and women of DHS — deserve to have all the tools and resources they need to execute the mission entrusted to them.”

Throughout the letter, Nielsen echoed her appreciation for the agents she worked with, writing, “Supporting these patriots has been the honor of a lifetime.”

She reiterated this on Twitter, as well.

President Trump thanked Nielsen for her service and announced that Kevin McAleenan would be assuming Nielsen’s office in the interim. McAleenan currently serves as the head of CBP.

While it isn’t yet clear if the president intends to make McAleenan’s role as DHS Secretary permanent, the nominee to replace Nielsen will have to earn the approval of the Senate.

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James
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It’s unfortunate Secretary Nielsen did not have the backing from Congress; a body which should be looking out for America not just their career. As long as those D’s (who are receiving campaign donations from George Soros’ Open Society Foundation which advocates for open borders) are continuing to be paid as taxpayer parasites to do nothing, the problem at the border will continue.

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