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DHS Arrests at Border Near Massive Six-Figure Milestone

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen says her department is on track to interdict 100,000 migrants crossing the U.S. border with Mexico in March.

“There is no manufactured crisis on our southern border; there is a real-life humanitarian and security catastrophe,” Nielsen said Monday during remarks at Auburn University’s Center for Cyber and Homeland Security.

The secretary related that late last year, DHS was apprehending 50,000 to 60,000 migrants per month. Last month, that number jumped to over 75,000, which was the highest total for a February in over a decade.

“Today I can tell you that we are on track to interdict nearly 100,000 migrants this month alone,” Nielsen said.

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“The situation at our southern border has gone from a crisis to a national emergency to a near-systemwide meltdown,” she said. “I say this with the utmost sincerity and urgency: The system is breaking.”

Nielsen went on to explain the nature of those crossing the border in recent years has changed.

In the early 2000s, those who entered the U.S. illegally were predominantly single men from Mexico, who could be detained and returned across the border within 48 hours in most cases.

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But now smugglers and traffickers have caught on that children and families create a “free ticket” into the U.S.

“The flow of families and children has become a flood,” Nielsen said, with some kids being caught in the middle as pawns, as they are recycled multiple times to facilitate people getting across the border.

The secretary said what usually when family groups are detained is they are ultimately released into the U.S. to await asylum trial dates.

“And we have virtually no hope of removing them in the future, despite the fact that the vast majority who apply for asylum today do not qualify for it under our laws,” Nielsen said.

Her remarks came days after President Donald Trump issued his first veto, in response to a congressional resolution (H.J. Res. 46) seeking to block his border security emergency declaration.

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“My highest obligation as President is to protect the Nation and its people,” Trump’s official veto message said. “Every day, the crisis on our border is deepening, and with new surges of migrants expected in the coming months, we are straining our border enforcement personnel and resources to the breaking point.

“H.J. Res. 46 ignores these realities. It is a dangerous resolution that would undermine United States sovereignty and threaten the lives and safety of countless Americans. It is, therefore, my duty to return it to the House of Representatives without my approval.”

The Democrat-controlled House is not expected to have the required two-thirds vote of its members (approximately 290) needed to override Trump’s veto.

The resolution of disapproval passed the House by a tally of 245-182 last month in a vote mostly along party lines.

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Randy DeSoto has written more than 1,000 articles for The Western Journal since he joined the company in 2015. He is a graduate of West Point and Regent University School of Law. He is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths" and screenwriter of the political documentary "I Want Your Money."
Randy DeSoto is the senior staff writer for The Western Journal. He wrote and was the assistant producer of the documentary film "I Want Your Money" about the perils of Big Government, comparing the presidencies of Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama. Randy is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths," which addresses how leaders have appealed to beliefs found in the Declaration of Independence at defining moments in our nation's history. He has been published in several political sites and newspapers.

Randy graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point with a BS in political science and Regent University School of Law with a juris doctorate.
Birthplace
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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American
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Graduated dean's list from West Point
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United States Military Academy at West Point, Regent University School of Law
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We Hold These Truths
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Virginia and Pennsylvania state bars
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Phoenix, Arizona
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English
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Politics, Entertainment, Faith




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