There is about to be a major shakeup in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
On Monday, Secretary Mayorkas’ Chief of Staff announced she is resigning her position.
Karen Olick is expected to leave the office at the end of this month.
In Olick’s resignation announcement, Mayorkas stated that she “has decided to resign her position and pursue new opportunities.”
He added, “We are grateful to Karen for her service during the critical first nine months of the new Administration.”
Once Olick leaves, her role will be filled by Jennifer Higgins until a replacement is named.
Higgins is currently the associate director of refugee, asylum and international operations at US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
One cannot help but wonder if it is more about frustration rather than opportunity, however.
Another email was sent out by Olick, expressing some frustration at being “underappreciated.”
Regardless of her reasoning, the timing of this could not be worse for Mayorkas.
Rather than the usual summer drop-off, migrant numbers have continued to surge during the dog days of summer, which does not bode well for fall crossing numbers.
The last three months have seen a constant rise, and now we are also dealing with the refugees from Afghanistan.
Mayorkas has been caught privately expressing frustration over the department’s ability to get a grip on the problem and losing one of his key players will not make that any easier.
Source: New York Post