Donald Trump announced Friday the resignation of his interim Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan, an official responsible for implementing immigration policy that becomes the last of a long list of senior officials to leave the government.
"Kevin McAleenan did a fantastic job," the US president tweeted. "After many years in the government, Kevin will be able to spend more time with his family and move to the private sector," he added, specifying that next week he will announce the name of his replacement.
McAleenan – who took the reins of DHS in April after Kirstjen Nielsen left – thanked Trump on Twitter.RELATED
"With your support over the past six months, we have made a great effort to mitigate border security and the humanitarian crisis we face this year," he said.
Trump decreed a “zero tolerance” policy with irregular immigration in 2018 and has made the fight against the arrival of undocumented immigrants an axis of his government and a central message of his campaign for reelection.
Despite this policy – which last year included the separation of 2,300 children from their migrant parents and had to be suspended after a wave of outrage – in May about 144,000 people who were apprehended or detected crossing were registered at the Mexican border irregularly
The May figures represented a peak in 13 years, after which the United States signed questioned agreements with Mexico and Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador to curb irregular migration after which the figures fell to a level of 52,000 in September.
On Monday, McAleenan was prevented from delivering a speech at Georgetown Law School when three groups of students and activists raised black banners with the message "We are with immigrants" and recited the names of migrant children killed in recent years in custody of border authorities.
Democratic congressmen have denounced the "horrible" conditions of the detention centers and the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, said in July that she was "shocked" by the conditions of detention of migrants in the United States.