WASHINGTON – Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen continues to work with border patrol agents, sheriffs, detention facilities and other law enforcement officials to solve the growing crisis along the southern border.
After thanking the Auburn Center for Cyber and Homeland Security and George Washington University for hosting her, the 6th Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security delivered an address that covered terrorism, war and homeland threats such as growing border crisis along the southern border.
During Nielsen’s speech, she said, “I want to cut through the politics to tell you loud and clear: there is NO ‘manufactured’ crisis at our Southern Border. There is a real-life humanitarian and security catastrophe.”
The DHS Secretary not only recalled more than 75,000 apprehensions last month during her address, but she also called on Congress to “stop playing politics and do what’s right.”
Met with sheriffs participating in our 287(g) program in McAllen, TX. Thanks for taking time to see firsthand what is happening at the border, and thanks for your partnership as we together tackle the threats of today to protect our communities. pic.twitter.com/zc3O3nwONP
— Sec. Kirstjen Nielsen (@SecNielsen) March 21, 2019
With more apprehensions every day, the U.S. is nearing a system-wide deterioration rather than approaching a comprehensive plan.
The secretary agreed with President Trump, dismissing top Democrats Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi’s notions from early January that the president is using “the backdrop of the Oval Office to manufacture a crisis” at the southern border.
Nielsen continues to work in Washington most of her time, however, she is often conducting work meetings and speaking engagements along the southern border. Most recently in McAllen, Texas, and Arizona.
She called her relationship with law enforcement officials a partnership and an opportunity to see firsthand the criminal and humanitarian activity going on along the southern border.
Marissa Martinez is a political contributor for Accuracy in Media. She is the former political director to Massachusetts Governor’s re-election campaign, alumna of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and political consultant to national PACs. Follow her AIM border stories, @MarissaAlisa.