US home­land se­cu­rity chief out, had crit­i­cised tone of Trump poli­cies

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times Global - Zolan Kanno-Youngs, Mag­gie Haber­man and Michael D Shear

Wash­ing­ton: Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump an­nounced on Fri­day the res­ig­na­tion of Kevin K McAleenan, the act­ing sec­re­tary for the de­part­ment of home­land se­cu­rity who spent his six-month ten­ure try­ing to curb a surge of asy­lum-seek­ers at the south­west­ern bor­der while man­ag­ing a tur­bu­lent re­la­tion­ship with a pres­i­dent in­tent on re­strict­ing im­mi­gra­tion.

Not­ing they had “worked well to­gether with Bor­der Cross­ings be­ing way down,” Trump said on Twit­ter that McAleenan wanted “to spend more time with his fam­ily and go to the pri­vate sec­tor.”

McAleenan’s de­par­ture from the White House came af­ter he tried to em­brace the pres­i­dent’s in­creas­ingly ag­gres­sive as­sault on le­gal and il­le­gal im­mi­gra­tion pub­licly even as he pri­vately re­sisted some of Trump’s most ex­treme ideas. He was a former deputy com­mis­sioner for the na­tion’s bor­der se­cu­rity agency un­der Pres­i­dent Obama.

In an in­ter­view last week with The Wash­ing­ton Post, McAleenan com­plained about what he called the “tone, the mes­sage, the pub­lic face and ap­proach” of im­mi­gra­tion pol­icy — a not-so-sub­tle re­proach of the pres­i­dent’s own lan­guage. The com­ments en­raged some of the pres­i­dent’s staunch­est al­lies, who had al­ready tar­geted McAleenan for re­sist­ing na­tion­wide de­por­ta­tion raids this year against mi­grant fam­i­lies.

McAleenan went to the White House on Fri­day to of­fer his res­ig­na­tion and vol­un­teer to stay on the job un­til the end of the month, a move made in part to avoid hav­ing the pres­i­dent as­sert that he had forced him out, ac­cord­ing to ad­min­is­tra­tion of­fi­cials. Trump said in his Twit­ter post that he would name a head of the agency next week.

AP

Kevin McAleenan is Trump’s fourth home­land se­cu­rity chief

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