Fears and cheers after US Homeland Security chief bows to pressure and quits

US Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen resigned on April 7, 2019. PHOTO: AFP
New: Gift this subscriber-only story to your friends and family

WASHINGTON - Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen's resignation on a late Sunday afternoon triggered a frenzy of speculation, with Democrats applauding her exit while some pundits warned that her replacement could be someone more hard line on immigration.

"Kirstjen Nielsen oversaw the implementation of the Trump Admin's increasingly toxic anti-immigrant policies," Democratic Party leader and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi tweeted. "That she is reportedly resigning because she is not extreme enough for the White House's liking is deeply alarming."

Please or to continue reading the full article.

Get unlimited access to all stories at $0.99/month

  • Latest headlines and exclusive stories
  • In-depth analyses and award-winning multimedia content
  • Get access to all with our no-contract promotional package at only $0.99/month for the first 3 months*

*Terms and conditions apply.

Join ST's Telegram channel here and get the latest breaking news delivered to you.