Heads Keep Rolling at Homeland Security

Nielsen praises 'steady force' No. 2 Claire Grady, who is leaving Wednesday
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 10, 2019 6:21 AM CDT
Another Top DHS Official Is Leaving
US Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan is sworn in during a hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee last month.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Wednesday is Kirstjen Nielsen's final day as Homeland Security chief—and her second-in-command will be leaving with her. Nielsen, whose abrupt departure comes as part of a wider shakeup of immigration officials, tweeted Tuesday night that Acting Deputy Secretary Claire Grady has handed in her resignation, effective Wednesday, Politico reports. She has been "a steady force and a knowledgeable voice," said Nielsen. The departure of Grady, who had been next in line to succeed Nielsen, clears the way for Kevin McAleenan to become the next acting DHS secretary as ordered by President Trump, reports CNN. Sources say TSA Administrator David Pekoske will be named as the new acting deputy secretary. (White House adviser Stephen Miller is believed to be the driving force behind the purge.)

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