Thursday, March 7, 2019
Department of Homeland Security: "Humanitarian and Security Crisis at Southern Border Reaches `Breaking Point'"
Yesterday, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen testified before a House committee. The Trump administration continues to contend that contemporary circumstances justify aggressive immigration enforcement actions. A few days ago, the administration released data showing an increase in apprehensions.
The Department of Homeland Security yesterday issued a press release declaring a migration "crisis" along the US/Mexico border. Here is the beginning:
" Illegal Immigration Hits 12-Year High; More than 76,000 Migrants Cross in February
The U.S. Border Patrol is currently encountering illegal immigration at the highest rates since 2007, according to new data. In fact, in February more than double the level of migrants crossed the border without authorization compared to the same period last year, approaching the largest numbers seen in any February in the last 12 years, The New York Times reported.
“The truth is that the politics and policies of open borders have failed the American people. Our broken system endures, and the ongoing humanitarian and security crisis at our Southwest Border leaves many minors and families at extreme risk of being exploited by traffickers, human smugglers, gangs, and other nefarious actors seeking to profit at their expense,” said Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen. “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.”
“This cannot be a partisan issue,” Nielsen continued. “Every DHS Secretary since the Department’s inception has sounded the alarm about our unsecured border and its consequences. The American people and our law enforcement personnel rightfully demand effective border security: building the wall, strengthening our laws, and giving the men and women serving on the front lines the tools and resources they need to keep Americans safe. To that end, this Department pledges our unwavering resolve to confronting present and ever-evolving future threats to our national security at our Southwest Border.”"