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

Elias Hubbard
May 17, 2018

But Nielsen also agreed with senators that more must be done to protect the children who either come to the U.S. without their parents or are separated from them.

"So, we will support the folks at the ports of entry and who are in Intel and analysis", Nielsen said.

HHS operates more than 100 shelters across the nation for children seized at the border. Any parents who are prosecuted as a result will be separated from their children in the process. Right now there's a capacity for 10,000 children on this military base. 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. "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. You have broken US law". That department then finds people for the children to stay with while the parents are in custody, she said.

"Just like we do in the United States every day", Nielsen replied. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., that the government could do a better job of monitoring the children it places in a family's custody to make sure they're safe. "I really share the president's frustration on this, and that of the American people", Nielsen said on "The Ingraham Angle".

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.

"They know better than Congress", Nielsen told Ingraham.

Just last week, President Donald Trump criticized Nielsen at a Cabinet meeting for not doing enough to stop illegal border crossings.

She explained that many claims for asylum are fraudulent, and that illegal immigrants can take advantage of the sometimes years-long asylum process by living in the US while their claims are adjudicated.

Kamala Harris attempted to grill Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen over the policy of separating illegal aliens from their children when they are caught entering the country together.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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