Published: Thu, May 17, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

DHS: Most Illegals at Border Don't Meet Criteria to Enter US

DHS: Most Illegals at Border Don't Meet Criteria to Enter US

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen this week went on Fox News to defend separating parents who illegally cross the U.S. -Mexico border from their children - and a CNN panel tore her to shreds. That means any large increase in prosecutions will likely cause parents to be separated from their children while they face charges and do time in jail.

"Our policy is if you break the law, we will prosecute you", Nielsen said. "If you are parent, or you're a single person or if you happen to have a family, if you cross between the ports of entry we will refer you for prosecution".

But she also said more must be done to protect children taken at the border. "You've broken USA law".

Nielsen, testifying Tuesday before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, denied that President Trump had ordered the separations as a tool to discourage illegal immigration.

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"Once you start taking these children, please, I don't think any record should reflect that somehow, you are confident or anybody is confident that they're being placed in a safe and secure environment", said Sen. "We owe more to these children to protect them". House to get election security briefing It's not personal, it's just business: A non-partisan solution for our unauthorized immigrants MORE on Tuesday for the administration's policy of separating kids from their parents.

The Trump administration last month testified it lost track of 20% - or almost 1,500 children - of the undocumented minors that had been in its custody over a three-month period at the end of 2017.

During a surge in children from Central America in 2014, Health and Human Services temporarily used military bases in California, Oklahoma and Texas to house children. Nielsen later released a statement saying she shared the president's frustrations.

The New York Times was first to report last week that Nielsen was "close" to resigning after Trump yelled at her in front of colleagues about his stance that undocumented immigrant children should be separated from their parents when they cross into the us illegally. "I share his frustration".

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