Anger Over Border Security Leads to Nielsen Resignation
The head of the United States Department of Homeland Security resigned on Sunday.
As Homeland Security Secretary, Kirstjen Nielsen was the government official responsible for border security. Her resignation comes at a time when President Donald Trump is angry over the number of Central Americans crossing the U.S. border from Mexico.
Trump announced on Sunday that U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan will be acting head of Homeland Security. McAleenan is well respected by many members of Congress and the president's administration.
The decision to name a top immigration officer to the job shows how important the issue of border security is to Trump.
The Department of Homeland Security is a relatively new federal agency. It was created after the September 11, 2001 attacks.
"It is the right time for me to step aside," Nielsen wrote in her letter of resignation. The Associated Press (AP) reports that her resignation was not expected.
Just two days before she resigned, Nielsen traveled to the U.S. southern border with Trump. They met with border officers and local law enforcement.
During the meeting, Nielsen agreed with Trump's comments that there was a crisis at the border. Later, she and the president visited part of a rebuilt barrier along the border. She returned to Washington immediately after the visit, while Trump continued on to California and Nevada.
Nielsen has been frustrated by what she saw as a lack of support from other government offices, The Associated Press reported. The AP story also said she was also angered by Trump aides interfering with her leadership decisions.
Nielsen went into the White House on Sunday to meet with Trump. At that meeting, she resigned. People speaking with the AP say she was not forced to resign. She has said she will leave her position on Wednesday.
Nielsen led Homeland Security since December 2017.
McAleenan has helped shape many of the Trump administration's policies on immigration. He is said to be liked by congressional leaders, the administration and Homeland Security officials. It is unclear, however, if he will have much more of an effect on issues at the border.
Efforts by the Trump administration to remake border security have been overturned by court rulings.
Representative Joaquin Castro of Texas, chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, called McAleenan's appointment "deeply disturbing."
Castro, a member of the Democratic Party, said that McAleenan's support for Trump policies hurt "families and children at the border."
Arrests along the southern border have increased sharply over the past few months. Border agents are estimated to have made 100,000 arrests and denials of entry at the border in March. More than half were families with children.
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1.at a time 一次；每次
Can I borrow two books at a time?
2.border security 边境安全
Mr Hunt has stressed that maintaining border security is paramount.
3.law enforcement 执法机构
Both sides will strengthen cooperation in judicial and law enforcement.
4.a lack of 缺乏
A lack of prudence may lead to financial problems.
5."It is the right time for me to step aside," Nielsen wrote in her letter of resignation.
step aside 让开；回避
Many would prefer to see him step aside in favour of a younger man.
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6."It is the right time for me to step aside," Nielsen wrote in her letter of resignation.
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作为国土安全部部长，科斯特珍·尼尔森（Kirstjen Nielsen）是负责边境安全的政府官员 。她辞职之时，正值特朗普对从墨西哥越过美国边境的中美洲移民数量不满之际 。
周日，特朗普宣布，美国海关和边境保护局局长凯文·麦卡伦南(Kevin McAleenan)将担任国土安全部代理部长 。麦卡伦深受众国会议员和特朗普政府的尊重 。
尼尔森在辞职信中称：“是时候退位让贤了 。”据美联社报道，她突然辞职让人意外 。
就在尼尔森辞职两天前，她还与特朗普一起前往美国南部边境 。他们会见了边境官员和当地的执法部门 。
在会面期间，尼尔森认同特朗普关于边境存在危机的言论 。随后，她和总统参观了沿边境重建的部分隔离设施 。访问结束后，她立即返回华盛顿，而特朗普总统继续前往加州和内华达州 。
据美联社报道称，尼尔森发现缺乏其它政府部门的支持，她对此感到沮丧 。美联社的报道称，她还对特朗普助手干扰她的领导决策颇为不满 。
周日，尼尔森在白宫与特朗普进行了会面 。在那次会面中，她宣布辞职 。美联社采访的人士称，她并非被迫辞职 。尼尔森曾表示，将于周三离任 。
麦卡伦南帮助制定了特朗普政府的许多移民政策 。据说他受到了国会领导人、政府和国土安全部官员的喜爱 。目前尚不清楚他是否会对边境问题产生更广泛的影响 。
德州国会议员、国会拉美裔帮（Hispanic Caucus）主席华金·卡斯特罗（Joaquin Castro）称，麦卡伦南的任命“令人深感不安 。”
在过去几个月内，南部边境逮捕的人数激增 。据估计，今年3月，边境官员已经逮捕了10万人并拒绝入境，其中超过一半是有孩子的家庭 。