Trump’s tougher border policy appears to be backfiring, experts and data suggest

Trump’s tougher border policy appears to be backfiring, experts and data suggest

Homeland Security chief is out, and data suggests illegal border crossings are on the riseOutgoing Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and newly named acting Homeland Security secretary Kevin McAleenan listen to U.S. President Donald Trump speak during a visit to a section of border wall in Calexico, Calif., last Friday. (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)

In her 16 months as head of the Department of Homeland Security, apparently not even Kirstjen Nielsen was tough enough on immigration to satisfy U.S. President Donald Trump.

Nielsen implemented the controversial “zero tolerance” crackdown on illegal immigration, during which some migrant children were separated from their parents and temporarily placed in caged enclosures while awaiting processing.

She defended the use of tear gas against migrants in Tijuana who border agents said were trying to cross into the United States and hurling rocks, a claim some witnesses disputed.

Her department requested military assistance to put up razor wire to strengthen the U.S.-Mexico border last fall.

And yet, according to reports in the New York Times, Trump felt Nielsen was not doing enough to curb illegal immigration at the country’s southern border. Both Trump and Stephen Miller, the president’s senior policy adviser, “privately but regularly” complained about Nielsen, the Times reported.

Nielsen resigned at Trump’s request after meeting with him on Sunday at the White House residence, according to a Bloomberg news report

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