Top Homeland Security aide Karen Olick abruptly resigns

A top Biden administration adviser has suddenly and unexpectedly stepped down, according to reports.

Karen Olick, the chief of staff to Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, handed in her resignation this week, indicating an interest in pursuing new opportunities. 

“Critical first nine months”

In her exit letter, Olick asserted that Americans could sleep soundly each night “because so many at DHS do not sleep.”

Of course, the agency has attracted harsh scrutiny amid a crisis at the southern border, with critics arguing that it has not done enough to stem the tide of illegal immigration.

For his part, Mayorkas expressed gratitude for Olick’s work during the “critical first nine months of the new administration.”

Of course, that period corresponded with the influx of hundreds of thousands of foreign nationals.

Under the leadership of Mayorkas and President Joe Biden, illegal border crossings are on pace to reach 2 million by the end of the year and have already passed the 1 million mark. In July, these crossings reached their highest level since March 2000 with more than 200,000 reported.

Divisive DHS policies

Olick’s professional career includes a position at Democratic-aligned consulting firm SKDK. Reports indicate she will be replaced at the DHS on an interim basis by Jennifer Higgins, who serves as director of the Refugee, Asylum, and International Operations at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

Even as the southern border crisis continues, the DHS is overseeing the claims of Afghan refugees, including some applicants flagged as potential terror threats.

Despite the failing policies implemented by the White House and DHS since Biden’s inauguration, Mayorkas and the president continue to deny responsibility and shift the blame to the Trump administration — despite having reversed many of former President Donald Trump’s much stricter policies.

The Biden administration was compelled to reinstate Trump’s so-called remain-in-Mexico policy, but on most other fronts, it has worked to pursue a much softer immigration approach denounced by many on the right as a step toward mass amnesty.

As for Olick’s resignation, some critics of Mayorkas might think the DHS chief should be the one stepping down. At the very top, however, it remains clear that Biden has no intention of vigorously enforcing the nation’s immigration laws anytime soon.

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