Karen Olick, chief of staff for the Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Meyerkas, announced Monday that she was stepping down to pursue new opportunities, politician Report.
why it matters: The announcement comes at a time when DHS is facing several challenges, including welcoming thousands of Afghan refugees to the US as well as the crisis at the US-Mexico border.
big picture: According to Politico, Olick plans to step down at the end of the month.
- Jennifer Higgins, associate director of refugee, asylum and international operations at the US Citizenship and Immigration Services, will serve as the temporary chief of staff until a new one is appointed.
What are they saying: “We are grateful to Karen for her service during the crucial first nine months of the new administration,” Meyerkas said in an email obtained by Politico.
- Olick said in a separate note, “While this is often not appreciated by our fellow citizens, I am consistently struck by how many millions of Americans sleep in safety every night because there are not so many people sleeping in DHS, “Per Politico.
- DHS did not immediately respond to Nerdshala’ request for comment.