DHS: Most Illegals at Border Don't Meet Criteria to Enter US

Lester Mason
May 17, 2018

Nielsen attributed the increase in immigrants crossing the south Texas border to many taking advantage of "loopholes" in the system.

"I'm extremely concerned about the administration's repeated attacks on some of the most vulnerable communities, and in particular, children and pregnant women as it relates to the world of DHS", Harris said of illegal aliens at the start of her opening statement during a hearing of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Tuesday.

Health and Human Services takes custody of children who cross the border alone within 48 hours, as well as children who are separated from their families when their parents are charged with crimes or the child's welfare is in doubt.

The Director's comments come just days after the so-called "Migrant Caravan" of Central American immigrants arrived at the US-Mexico border, with many seeking asylum in the United States.

"So, we will support the folks at the ports of entry and who are in Intel and analysis", Nielsen said. "Are you trying to be a dystopian Disney character?"

In the past, DHS has used discretion on using the federal courts for families instead of letting the case play out exclusively in immigration court.

Last month, HHS officials acknowledged that federal officials lost track of nearly 1,500 migrant children in 2017 after they were placed with adult sponsors in communities across the nation.

"We are begging you, if in fact this is going to be the outcome, where we're separating children, in some cases infants, from their parents, we need to know where these kids are", said North Dakota Democrat Heidi Heitkamp. "What you're doing to children when you take them away from their parents is the most trauma impactful thing you can do to a child".

Nielsen restated that her department does not have a policy to separate families but instead one to prosecute people who break the law.

"That's not asylum. Or "I want to reunify with my family.' That's not asylum". Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., that the government could do a better job of monitoring the children it places in a family's custody to make sure they're safe.

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