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Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan Steps Down

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Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan is stepping down and a new acting chief of the agency is set to be named next week, President Donald Trump announced late Friday.

“Kevin McAleenan has done an outstanding job as Acting Secretary of Homeland Security. We have worked well together with Border Crossings being way down,” Trump announced on Twitter.

“Kevin now, after many years in Government, wants to spend more time with his family and go to the private sector,” he added. “Congratulations Kevin, on a job well done! I will be announcing the new Acting Secretary next week. Many wonderful candidates!”

….Congratulations Kevin, on a job well done! I will be announcing the new Acting Secretary next week. Many wonderful candidates!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 11, 2019

Shortly following the presidents announcement, McAleenan issued a farewell statement on Twitter, thanking Trump for his support.

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“I want to thank the President for the opportunity to serve alongside the men and women of the Department of Homeland Security,” McAleenan said.

I want to thank the President for the opportunity to serve alongside the men and women of the Department of Homeland Security. With his support, over the last 6 months, we have made tremendous progress mitigating the border security and humanitarian crisis we faced this year… pic.twitter.com/A4rTcZgJKF

— Acting Sec. Kevin McAleenan (@DHSMcAleenan) October 12, 2019

“With his support, over the last 6 months, we have made tremendous progress mitigating the border security and humanitarian crisis we faced this year, by reducing unlawful crossings, partnering with governments in the region to counter human smugglers and address the causes of migration, and deploy additional border security resources.

“I will work with the White House and DHS leadership teams on a smooth transition, and remain forever grateful to the man and woman of the Department for their steadfast efforts to secure our country.”

In late September, McAleenan announced an end to the “catch and release” policy, which means that immigrants apprehended at the border are no longer allowed to enter the United States.

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