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Homeland Security Deputy Secretary To Retire This Spring

Elaine Duke announced she's retiring this April.
Posted at 10:41 PM, Feb 25, 2018

The second in command at the Department of Homeland Security announced she's retiring this April.

Elaine Duke served under former Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama. She briefly took over as the acting DHS head after then-Secretary John Kelly took over as White House chief of staff this past summer. She held that post until Kirstjen Nielsen was confirmed in December.  

Duke faced criticism after calling the government's response to Hurricane Maria as a "good news story." Duke also made headlines after reportedly refusing to give in to pressure from Kelly when he wanted her to deport tens of thousands of Hondurans after the DHS extended their temporary protected status.