Washington, D.C. — Following the announcement that Kirstjen Nielsen had resigned from her position as secretary of homeland security, Tom Jawetz, vice president of Immigration Policy at the Center for American Progress, released the following statement:
Kirstjen Nielsen hatched and implemented some of the most gratuitously cruel and inhumane policies of the Trump administration. More than anything, her legacy is the thousands of children separated from their parents—some permanently—as a result of the policy of family separation that she knowingly pursued but continues to deny. Her tenure at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security also is marked by bureaucratic incompetence and pervasive deception. Her resignation was long overdue.
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