Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, touring the US-Mexico border in Arizona, dismissed reports about nearly 1,500 unaccompanied minors the government can’t find. Defending the border crackdown , she charged critics want a “two-tier” legal system, and “think illegal aliens should get different, perhaps better, treatment than U.S. citizens because they happen to be illegal aliens.”
Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen defended the officers who patrol the US border and enforce the nation’s immigration laws amid a barrage of negative publicity that has enveloped her department, the Arizona Republic reports. “In the last couple of weeks, there has been a massive, just dishonest, information campaign, and it’s being waged against DHS,” Nielsen said Thursday near the border fence in Nogales, Az. “And it’s a misinformation campaign being waged by those who either harbor an unfounded distrust of CBP (border) or ICE (immigration) officers, or who just don’t want to see us secure our borders.” Nielsen defiantly warned that border agents would arrest and refer for prosecution any person who crosses the border illegally, regardless of their situation. Under this new “zero-tolerance” approach, parents caught at the border would have their children removed while they are prosecuted. The policy has received widespread condemnation from Democrats and migrant-advocacy groups.
“It appears our critics want a two-tier legal system. They think illegal aliens should get different, perhaps better, treatment than U.S. citizens because they happen to be illegal aliens,” Nielsen said. “No jail because they have a family. No criminal consequences if they have children. I’m here to tell you differently.” Nielsen dismissed reports about the nearly 1,500 unaccompanied minors whom the federal government has been unable to track down, saying they likely don’t want to be found because they are in the care of undocumented relatives. As Nielsen toured the border, dozens of Central American families continued camping out in Mexico, waiting for their chance to claim asylum in the US. Because they are presenting themselves at a port of entry, instead of crossing the border illegally, they will not be prosecuted.