Announcing her resignation as secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, Kirstjen Nielsen had a few thoughts to share before she went.
As DHS secretary, Nielsen was the overseer of both Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) during a time when both departments were under heavy scrutiny.
Despite these intense struggles, in her resignation letter Nielsen shared that she was grateful for the opportunity to serve and especially thankful for the skilled individuals she worked with.
“It has been my great honor to lead the men and women of the Department as its sixth Secretary. I could not be prouder of and more humbled by their service, dedication, and commitment to keep our country safe from all threats and hazards. I join all Americans in thanking them for their services and those of their families,” Nielsen wrote.
She shared the sentiment again via her Twitter account.
But it wasn’t all smiles and praise as Nielsen also made a point to call out Congress for their lack of support regarding the border crisis.
“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 and which have contributed to discord in our nation’s discourse. Our country — and the men and women of DHS — deserve to have all the tools and resources they need to execute the mission entrusted to them,” she shared.
The head of CBP, Kevin McAleenan will currently be taking over in Nielsen’s stead. For his sake here’s hoping that Congress heeds Nielsen’s words.