Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Acting Deputy Secretary Claire Grady on Tuesday offered President Trump her resignation and will depart the administration this week just days after Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen announced her abrupt departure.
Following Nielsen’s Sunday announcement that she was leaving her post, Trump withdrew his nominee to lead Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The White House then announced Secret Service director Randolph ‘Tex’ Alles would also depart the agency.
“For the last two years, Claire has served @DHSgov w excellence and distinction. She has been an invaluable asset to DHS – a steady force and a knowledgeable voice,” Nielsen tweeted in announcing Grady’s resignation, adding it will be effective Wednesday.
“Her sound leadership and effective oversight have impacted every DHS office and employee and made us stronger as a Department. Clair has had a remarkable career in public service… – 28 years at the Departments of Homeland Security & Defense – that is coming to a close. I am thankful for Claire’s expertise, dedication & friendship & am filled w gratitude for her exemplary service to DHS & to our country.”
Acting Deputy Secretary Claire Grady has offered the President her resignation, effective tomorrow. For the last two years, Claire has served @DHSgov w excellence and distinction. She has been an invaluable asset to DHS – a steady force and a knowledgeable voice.
— Sec. Kirstjen Nielsen (@SecNielsen) April 9, 2019
The Hill notes:
Grady’s departure was expected after Nielsen’s resignation became public, though it means the department will still be without a Senate-confirmed deputy secretary as the White House works to replace the agency’s top leadership. It also clears the way for Customs and Border Protection (CBP) head Kevin McAleenan to come on as the new acting DHS secretary.
Trump is likely looking to revamp the agency into one that he believes would more effectively reduce illegal border crossings and support his hardline immigration efforts to build more border barriers and curtail migrants’ prospects for asylum.
The recent DHS departures have alarmed bipartisan lawmakers on Capitol Hill, with some suggesting Trump is impeding progress on his own policies.
“The president has to have some stability and particularly with the number one issue that he’s made for his campaign, throughout his two and a half years of presidency,” Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) told The Washington Post Monday. “He’s pulling the rug out from the very people that are trying to help him accomplish his goal.”