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best of your knowledge information and more details emerged on the resignation of homeland security secretary Kirsten Nielsen who oversaw president Donald trump's bitterly contested immigration policies during her rocky sixteen month tenure a senior administration official said trump asked for Nielsen's resignation and she gave it in a tweet Sunday trump announced that Kevin mac lean and the commissioner of customs and border protection will become acting secretary the department Nielsen heads has recently faced intense backlash over its treatment of migrants from a policy of separating children from their parents to the deaths of migrant children while in federal custody yes and no are we still putting children in a cage Sir they're not cages does it differ from the cages you put your dogs in it yes and what sets I it's larger it has facilities %HESITATION it provides room to sit to stand to lay down the road and my dog's cage in her resignation letter to trump Nielsen said quote 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 in recent weeks trump has ramped up his anti immigration rhetoric reiterating threats to close the U. S. Mexico border and pulled funding from central American countries in order to curb what he describes as a crisis of undocumented immigration our system is full we're not taking them anymore he took aim again Sunday night after announcing Nielsen's departure tweeting quote our country is full Nielsen's exit comes just two days after the president abruptly dumped his nominee to head another agency the U. S. immigrations and customs enforcement saying he wanted someone tougher nuisance departure is just the latest in an exodus of high profile officials from the trump administration , and leaves just for women in his cabinet among others trump currently lacks a permanent secretary of defense and chief of staff in a tweet late Sunday Nielsen said that she would stay on until Wednesday in order to assist with an orderly transition