UPDATED 9:24 AM PT — Friday, March 15, 2019
Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said she fears for our democracy, while lashing out at Congress for tying the hands of immigration officers.
While speaking to reporters Thursday, Nielsen said it is a problem for lawmakers to tell law enforcement agents not to do their jobs. Her comments come amid a flurry of criticism from Democrat lawmakers about the Trump administration’s hardline stance on immigration.
Nielsen pushed back by asking why it is suddenly “political and partisan” to enforce policies at the border, which have been in effect for decades.
“We face a crisis, a real serious and sustained crisis, at our borders — we have tens of thousands of illegal aliens arriving at our doorstep every month,” she stated. “We have drugs criminals and violence spilling into our country every week, and we have smugglers and traffickers profiting from human misery every single day.”
Nielsen also touched on Thursday’s Senate vote, targeting the national emergency declaration made by President Trump. She explained that it is within the president’s constitutional authority to do so, adding, if Congress doesn’t like it then they should change the law.