- Associated Press - Sunday, April 7, 2019

WASHINGTON – President Trump announced U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan would be taking over as acting head of Homeland Security.

McAleenan is a longtime border official who is well-respected by members of Congress and within the administration.

The decision to name an immigration officer to the post reflects Trump’s priority for a sprawling department founded to combat terrorism following the Sept. 11 attacks.

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen resigned on Sunday amid the administration’s growing frustration and bitterness over the number of Central American families crossing the southern border, two people familiar with the decision said.

Though Trump aides were eyeing a staff shake-up at Homeland Security and had already withdrawn the nomination for another key immigration post, the development Sunday was unexpected.



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