US officials say top US diplomat for Latin America resigns

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BOGOTA, COLOMBIA – MAY 13: Kimberly Breier Assistant Secretary Bureau of Wester Hemisphere Affairs US Deparment of State delivers a speech called “A New Era in the Americas” during the opening session at Grand Hyatt Bogota on May 13, 2019 in Bogota, Colombia. (Photo by Gabriel Aponte/Getty Images for Concordia Summit)

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. officials say the Trump administration’s top diplomat for Latin America has resigned amid internal disputes over immigration policy for the region.

Two officials and a congressional aide say Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Kimberly Breier stepped down this week, although they offered differing reasons for her departure. They say Breier cited personal reasons for her decision but the two officials suggested it was prompted by differences over a recent migration accord with Guatemala. The congressional aide said Breier’s departure was driven by family responsibilities.

The Washington Post, which first reported Breier’s resignation, reported she had clashed with the White House over the Guatemala accord that many human rights advocates oppose. In a tweet, President Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka thanked Breier for her “friendship and great service.”

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