Assistant Secretary of State Resigns Amid Immigration Differences

A top official with the State Department has resigned according to reports.

Assistant Secretary of State for the Western Hemisphere, Kim Breier, has resigned.

Reports indicate that the resignation over differences on immigration policy with the Trump administration.

According to The Hill:

The State Department’s top diplomat for Latin American matters has resigned after a dispute with the White House over Guatemalan immigration policy, according to The Washington Post.

A senior administration official told the newspaper Kim Breier, assistant secretary of State for the Western Hemisphere, is leaving her post after White House policy adviser Stephen Miller berated her in an email chain for what he perceived as an insufficient defense of the Trump administration’s “safe third country” asylum agreement with Guatemala.

While other State Department officials, including Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, have reportedly objected to the policy, Breier, a Mexico expert, primarily took issue with White House micromanagement, according to the Post, which cited officials.

Breier was reportedly a key figure in ongoing negotiations with Mexican officials, including talks in June that eventually averted threats by the White House to impose steep tariffs on Mexican goods. Mexican officials have remained in contact with her and see her exit as a major blow to relations, CNN reported, citing Mexican sources.

The State Department is reported to make the resignation announcement today, however, Ivanka Trump seemed to announce the departure via Twitter, last night.



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