Kirstjen Nielsen, DHS secretary, says border at ‘breaking point’
The border situation has reached a “breaking point,” the Homeland Security Department said Wednesday, ahead of Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen’s highly anticipated appearance to testify on Capitol Hill.
Numbers released a day earlier show illegal immigration, as measured by apprehensions at the southwest border, at the highest levels since 2007 or just as the last wall-building spree began under President George W. Bush.
The new “crisis” is a legal problem, Ms. Nielsen will tell lawmakwers.
“The truth is that the politics and policies of open borders have failed the American people,” she said in a statement Wednesday morning. “Activist courts, congressional inaction, and criminals intent on breaking our laws stand in the way of confronting illegal and uncontrolled migration threatening our safety and security. What was a crisis, is now a full-fledged emergency.”
More than 66,000 illegal immigrants were apprehended by Border Patrol agents in February, and a record 65 percent of them were unaccompanied children or families.
Border authorities said they’re coming because they’ve figured the loopholes in U.S. law that allow them to enter, be quickly released and to gain a foothold here, despite most of them having no valid legal claims to do so.