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U.S. faces 'crisis' at southern border, Nielsen says

U.S. faces 'crisis' at southern border, Nielsen saysTestifying before Congress for the first time since Democrats took control of the House of Representatives in January, Nielsen defended President Donald Trump’s decision to declare a national emergency to unlock funding for a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. “Illegal immigration is simply spiraling out of control,” Nielsen told the House Homeland Security Committee. Democrats questioned Nielsen over the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” prosecution policy, which last year led to the separation of thousands of migrant children from their parents and generated a fierce backlash, as well as the administration’s new restrictions on people seeking asylum at the border.



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The Latest: Nielsen tells Congress border crisis is real

The Latest: Nielsen tells Congress border crisis is realWASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen testifying in the House (all times local):



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Kirstjen Nielsen testimony: DHS Secretary could not explain difference between dog cages and detention areas for migrant children

Kirstjen Nielsen testimony: DHS Secretary could not explain difference between dog cages and detention areas for migrant childrenDepartment of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen struggled to answer questions from House Democrats about her role in implementing the Trump administration’s strict immigration policy and the subsequent family separation during her first hearing. At one point during Wednesday’s testimony, Ms Nielsen denied that migrant children separated from their families at the border were held in cages. “Sir, they are not cages, they are areas of the border facility that are carved out for the safety and protection of those who remain there while they’re being processed,” she responded during a tense exchange with House Homeland Security Committee Chair Bennie Thompson.



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Nielsen: ‘Illegal Immigration Is Simply Spiraling Out of Control’

Nielsen: ‘Illegal Immigration Is Simply Spiraling Out of Control’Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen on Wednesday warned lawmakers that the recent surge in illegal immigration at the southern border could overwhelm U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) agents if they are not provided additional resources.“In February, we saw a 30 percent jump over the previous month, with agents apprehending or encountering nearly 75,000 aliens,” Nielsen told the House Committee on Homeland Security. “This is an 80 percent increase over the same time last year. And I can report today that CBP is forecasting the problem will get even worse this spring as the weather warms up.”“We want to strengthen legal immigration and welcome more individuals through a merit-based system that enhances our economic vitality and the vibrancy of our diverse nation. We also will continue to uphold our humanitarian ideals,” she said. “But illegal immigration is simply spiraling out of control and threatening public safety and national security.”Nielsen's testimony came just hours after the Trump administration released a report that details a significant rise in the number of illegal immigrants being apprehended at the southern border. Since the beginning of the fiscal year, CPB has apprehended 268,000 such immigrants at the border, an average of nearly 2,000 per day and the highest rate since 2007.In addition to raising alarms about the general increase in attempted border crossings, Nielsen told lawmakers that an surge in unaccompanied children and family units arriving at the border poses its own unique problem, as the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) lacks the resources to detain families together for long periods of time while they await their asylum hearings.“Over 60 percent of the current flow are family units and unaccompanied alien children, and 60 percent are non-Mexican,” she said, likely referencing the provision in U.S. immigration law that requires that asylum-seekers native to non-contiguous countries must be allowed to remain in the U.S. while their asylum applications are adjudicated.According to the data released Wednesday, the number of family units arriving at the border has increased 338 percent since the previous fiscal year while the number of unaccompanied minors rose by 58 percent.Nielsen spoke as Congress is preparing to pass legislation to block President Trump's declaration of a national emergency, which was designed to re-appropriate $ 5.7 billion in additional border-security funding for the construction of Trump's long-promised border wall. She warned lawmakers that if additional resources are not allocated, U.S. national security will be thoroughly compromised.“Our capacity is already severely strained, but these increases will overwhelm the system entirely,” Nielsen said. “This is not a ‘manufactured’ crisis. This is truly an emergency.”



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Nielsen visits Texas border after second child's death

Nielsen visits Texas border after second child's deathEL PASO, Texas (AP) — Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen on Friday visited the Texas border city where an 8-year-old Guatemalan boy was detained with his father before dying in government custody .



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Second migrant child's death in custody raises alarm for doctors as Nielsen tours border

Second migrant child's death in custody raises alarm for doctors as Nielsen tours borderThe death of an 8-year-old Guatemalan immigrant in custody on Christmas Eve is a sign that U.S. officials need to make dramatic improvements to health and sanitation conditions at the border, says a physician familiar with medical issues faced by migrants.



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U.S. to send some migrants back to Mexico as immigration cases proceed: Nielsen

U.S. to send some migrants back to Mexico as immigration cases proceed: NielsenThe United States will soon begin returning individuals who illegally cross the U.S. southern border back to Mexico to wait there while their immigration cases proceed, U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said on Thursday. The policy change is part of the Trump administration’s efforts to tighten U.S. immigration laws to let in fewer immigrants seeking to enter both legally and illegally.



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Trump Reportedly Plans To Fire DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen In Coming Weeks

Trump Reportedly Plans To Fire DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen In Coming WeeksPresident Donald Trump plans to fire Department of Homeland Security Secretary



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Kirstjen Nielsen Says U.S. Has No Intention Of Shooting Caravan Migrants

Kirstjen Nielsen Says U.S. Has No Intention Of Shooting Caravan MigrantsU.S. authorities have no intention of shooting migrants attempting to enter



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Brigitte Nielsen Welcomes First Daughter At Age 54

Brigitte Nielsen Welcomes First Daughter At Age 54Brigitte Nielsen delivered her first daughter Friday ― more than 23 years



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