Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen has been forced to resign, according to reports. Officials told media organizations that other departures may follow, including L. Francis Cissna, head of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS); Kathy Nuebel Kovarik, his deputy; and John Mitnick, USCIS general counsel and a member of Ms. Nielsen’s senior leadership team. The latter departures haven’t happened yet, however, and some reports suggest that they may not.
Meanwhile, President Trump withdrew Ron Vitiello’s nomination for director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). President Trump said he wanted a “tougher direction,” echoing his immigration adviser Stephen Miller. Mr. Vitiello, who had been serving as acting director of ICE, subsequently announced that he was leaving the agency.