The US administration is set to appeal a ruling by a federal judge who blocked Trump's purge against asylum seekers from Central America, giving a glimmer of hope to the people waiting at the border.
The homeland security secretary was hardly an unwilling participant in President Donald Trump’s controversial policies but had been increasingly criticised by her boss.
Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen reportedly went into a meeting with Trump at the White House not knowing whether she’d be fired or would resign, and ended up resigning.
US Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen told a House panel that the numbers of apprehensions at the US border with Mexico jumped late last year.
Thousands of migrants are seeking to apply for asylum in the United States at the border town. As their fate remains uncertain, some say they are willing to settle down in Mexico, while others are determined to move on.
The White House says Mira Ricardel "will continue to support the president as she departs the White House to transition to a new role within the administration."
US President Donald Trump says "we are keeping families together" after outrage in the US and abroad over the separation of 2,300 minors from their families since May 5.
The Trump administration allows about 7,000 Syrians to remain in the US for at least another 18 months but the border remains closed for many others.
Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen says "security upgrades" to the refugee programme would prevent it from “being exploited by terrorists, criminals and fraudsters.”
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