DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Kirstjen Nielsen will stay on as Homeland Security Secretary for the next few days to assist with a smooth transition in the department following her resignation. Dr. Kevin Sims, Professor of Political Science at Cedarville University, joined 2 NEWS Monday to discuss the change.
“Kirstjen Nielsen has been a lightning rod for the administration. She has been the point person in front of Congress, as well as in front of the media. She has taken all of the flack for the earlier decision to separate families,” says Dr. Sims, adding that if given the choice, she would likely go back and stick with the original Flores Agreement.
“I have determined that it is the right time for me to step aside,” Nielsen wrote in her resignation letter. “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.”
Given the additional news Monday that U.S. Secret Service Director Randolph Alles would also be leaving, Dr. Sims believes that this may be just the beginning of a “larger overhaul” of the entire department.