In a tweet on Sunday, President Donald Trump wrote that U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Commissioner Kevin McAleenan will become the new acting head of the Department of Homeland Security after the resignation of Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen. Nielsen had been in the post since December 2017. “Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen will be leaving her position,” the president said, “and I would like to thank her for her service,” he said. He added, “I am pleased to announce that Kevin McAleenan, the current U.S. Customs and Border Protection commissioner, will become acting secretary … I have confidence that Kevin will do a great job!” Nielsen’s exit came just two days after Trump visited the border in Calexico, California, on Friday. During that visit, he said that America’s asylum system is “full” and could not take any more individuals. He also said some of those seeking asylum at the border were gang members. “I look at some of these asylum people, they’re gang members,” he said. “They’re not afraid of anything. They have lawyers greeting them. They read what lawyers tell them to read.” It’s a “scam,” Trump added. “It’s a scam, OK? It’s a hoax. I know about… Read full this story
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