Tag: Kirstjen Nielsen

DHS Orders Border Agent “Surge” as U.S. hits Immigration “Breaking Point”

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen issued a memorandum yesterday redeploying hundreds of border agents to respond to the crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Nielsen ordered U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan to accelerate the reallocation of up to 750 Border Patrol officers to sectors that are affected by the border emergency.

“The crisis at our border is worsening, and DHS will do everything in its power to end it,” said Secretary Nielsen. “We will not stand idly by while Congress fails to act yet again, so all options are on the table. We will immediately redeploy hundreds of CBP personnel to the border to respond to this emergency. We will urgently pursue additional reinforcements from within DHS and the interagency. And we will require those seeking to enter the United States to wait in Mexico until an immigration court as reviewed their claims.”

Last week, in a letter to Congress, Nielsen warned that the nation’s border security system was reaching a breaking point with the nation facing a “system-wide meltdown” due to the overwhelming influx of illegal immigrants crossing over the U.S. border.

Nielsen writes in the letter, “We face a system-wide meltdown … We are witnessing the real-time dissolution of the immigration system.”

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Neilsen called the crisis a “humanitarian and security catastrophe,” and said without additional assistance, ICE would be forced to release illegal aliens in “large numbers.”

“The result is a dangerous and growing backlog of individuals in custody that has forced us to begin releasing large numbers of aliens … Without additional assistance, we will be forced to increase the releases of the single-adult population from ICE — the only population for which we can currently effectively enforce U.S. immigration laws,” Nielsen writes.

DHS Warns: U.S. Faces “System-Wide Meltdown” on Border Security

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen is warning that the nation’s border security system is reaching a breaking point with the nation facing a “system-wide meltdown” due to the overwhelming influx of illegal immigrants crossing over the U.S. border.

In a letter to Congress yesterday, Nielsen writes, “We face a system-wide meltdown … We are witnessing the real-time dissolution of the immigration system.”

Neilsen called the crisis a “humanitarian and security catastrophe,” and said without additional assistance, ICE would be forced to release illegal aliens in “large numbers.”

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“The result is a dangerous and growing backlog of individuals in custody that has forced us to begin releasing large numbers of aliens … Without additional assistance, we will be forced to increase the releases of the single-adult population from ICE — the only population for which we can currently effectively enforce U.S. immigration laws,” Nielsen writes.

Nielsen’s letter comes as a recent Breitbart report points out the United States is projected to add 1.5 million illegal aliens this year.

The publication notes, “This year, the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Catch and Release policy — whereby border crossers and illegal aliens are readily released from federal custody into the interior of the U.S. — is on track to release roughly 434,000 border crossers and illegal aliens into the country by the end of the year. This projection is based on current estimates that more than 36,000 border crossers and illegal aliens have been released from DHS custody every month since the beginning of the year.”

On top of the 434,000 immigrants expected to be released from federal custody, Princeton Policy Advisors estimates up to 500,000 illegal aliens will cross into the country undetected by border agents.

“Also, should visa overstay levels continue at the same pace as in Fiscal Year 2017, there could potentially be about 630,000 illegal aliens added to the U.S. population after overstaying their visas,” writes Breitbart.

Trump Admin Has More Female Top Advisers Than Obama, Bush or Clinton

While many on the left continue to breathlessly and desperately push the false narrative that President Trump is anti-women, it turns out, he has more top female advisers than Presidents Obama, Bush or Clinton.

The Washington Examiner reports that the President has seven top female advisers, compared to five for President Obama, three for Bush and five for Clinton at the same time during their presidencies.

The Examiner writes, “The top advisers are White House press secretary Sarah Sanders, counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway; CIA Director Gina Haspel, Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen, senior adviser Ivanka Trump, Director of Legislative Affairs Shahira Knight, and Director of Strategic Communications Mercedes Schlapp.”

It’s reported that Trump will nominate more women to powerful posts soon, including Kelly Craft for U.N. ambassador and Jessie Liu for Rod Rosenstein’s position of Deputy Attorney General.

For the full report, click HERE.

Pelosi: “I Don’t Care” if Secret Service Said it Could Secure State of the Union Address

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) told reporters last night that she “doesn’t care” if Secret Service said it could handle securing the State of the Union Address during the partial government shutdown, according to the Daily Caller’s Kerry Picket.

Instead, Picket writes, Pelosi “stood firm” in her calls to delay the President’s address, telling reporters “It’s about security. It’s about security.”

“I don’t care what they said,” said Pelosi when told that Secret Service stated they were prepared to secure the Congressional event.

In a letter to the President yesterday, Pelosi claimed the lack of funding due to the government shutdown would pose a security risk to the address.

“Sadly, given the security concerns and unless government re-opens this week, I suggest that we work together to determine another suitable date after government has re-opened for this address or for you to consider delivering your State of the Union address in writing to the Congress on January 29th,” she wrote.

However, both Secret Service and Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen contradicted Pelosi’s statement, saying they were equipped and ready to handle the event.

NBC reporter Peter Alexander wrote on Twitter that a Secret Service official said of the State of the Union address, “We’ve been planning this for months, as we always do….” The official said securing the event was a “no-fail mission.”

DHS Secretary Nielsen stated yesterday, “The Department of Homeland Security and the US Secret Service are fully prepared to support and secure the State of the Union. We thank the Service for their mission focus and dedication and for all they do each day to secure our homeland.”

DHS Announces Asylum Seekers Must Wait in Mexico While Claims Processed

The Department of Homeland Security has announced that individuals seeking asylum within the United States will be returned to Mexico “for the duration of their immigration proceedings.”

“Effective immediately, the United States will begin the process of invoking Section 235(b)(2)(C) of the Immigration and Nationality Act,” announced DHS.  “Under the Migration Protection Protocols (MPP), individuals arriving in or entering the United States from Mexico—illegally or without proper documentation—may be returned to Mexico for the duration of their immigration proceedings.”

DHS hopes the new rules will help curb the exploitation of asylum loopholes within the U.S. immigration process. The agency has seen a 2,000 percent increase in aliens claiming “credible fear,” which is the first step in obtaining asylum. DHS says most of the claims “are not meritorious.” 

“…Nine out of ten asylum claims are not granted by a federal immigration judge,” states a department press release. “However, by the time a judge has ordered them removed from the United States, many have vanished.”

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said, “Aliens trying to game the system to get into our country illegally will no longer be able to disappear into the United States, where many skip their court dates.  Instead, they will wait for an immigration court decision while they are in Mexico.  ‘Catch and release’ will be replaced with ‘catch and return.’  In doing so, we will reduce illegal migration by removing one of the key incentives that encourages people from taking the dangerous journey to the United States in the first place.  This will also allow us to focus more attention on those who are actually fleeing persecution.”

Homeland Security’s Process for Asylum Seekers:

  • “Aliens trying to enter the U.S. to claim asylum will no longer be released into our country, where they often disappear before a court can determine their claim’s merits.
  • Instead, those aliens will be processed by DHS and given a “Notice to Appear” for their immigration court hearing.
  • While they wait in Mexico, the Mexican government has made its own determination to provide such individuals humanitarian visas, work authorization, and other protections. Aliens will have access to immigration attorneys and to the U.S. for their court hearings.
  • Aliens whose claims are upheld by U.S. judges will be allowed in. Those without valid claims will be deported to their home countries.”
Yesterday a federal judge ruled that asylum seekers who sued the U.S. after being deported must be brought back into the country to have their claims heard again.

The ruling–by Judge Emmet G. Sullivan–comes one day after he presided over the dramatic sentencing hearing of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.

Sullivan stated in his ruling, “The Court holds that it has jurisdiction to hear plaintiffs’ challenges to the credible fear policies, that it has the authority to order the injunctive relief, and that, with the exception of two policies, the new credible fear policies are arbitrary, capricious, and in violation of the immigration laws.”

He also ordered the government to “return to the United States the plaintiffs who were unlawfully deported and to provide them with new credible fear determinations consistent with the immigration laws.”

Under Obama Admin, Border Patrol Used Pepper Spray or Tear Gas More than 500 Times

U.S. Border Patrol have come under fire from the left for using tear gas on Sunday afternoon to defend themselves after hundreds of members of the migrant caravan attempted to rush the U.S. border near San Diego, while hurling rocks and projectiles at border officials.

Senator Dianne Feinstein of California called the use of tear gas “horrifying.” Senator Brian Schatz  of Hawaii compared the use of tear gas to “chemical weapons.” Actress Alyssa Milano issued a foul twitter tirade against President Trump over the gas.

It turns out that the Obama Administration also used tear gas and pepper spray at the border, over 500 times from 2012-2016. However, liberals remained silent during that time.

According to numbers given to the Daily Caller by the Department of Homeland Security, tear gas was used by border agents 79 times between 2012 and 2016. Meanwhile, pepper spray was used 434 times between 2012 and 2016.

Both President Trump and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen defended Border Patrol’s use of tear gas.

“They were being rushed by some very tough people and they used tear gas,” said the President on Monday.  “Here’s the bottom line: Nobody is coming into our country unless they come in legally.”

Nielsen slammed the migrants for hurling rocks and projectiles at border agents. In a statement, she said, “This caravan, unlike previous caravans, had already entered Mexico violently and attacked border police in two other countries. I refuse to believe that anyone honestly maintains that attacking law enforcement with rocks and projectiles is acceptable. It is shocking that I have to explain this, but officers can be seriously or fatally injured in such attacks. Self-defense isn’t debatable for most law-abiding Americans.”

Nielsen also stated that the small number of women and children involved in the caravan were being used as “human shields” in confrontations with law enforcement.

“The caravan members are predominately male,” she said. “It appears in some cases that the limited number of women and children in the caravan are being used by the organizers as ‘human shields’ when they confront law enforcement. They are being put at risk by the caravan organizers as we saw at the Mexico-Guatemala border. This is putting vulnerable people in harms way.”

Senator Lindsey Graham addressed the Obama Administration’s use of tear gas last night on Fox News’ Hannity, and pointed out the clear double standard in the outrage from the left.

“How long does it take you to figure this out? When it comes to Obama, when he uses tear gas, he is protecting the country. The narrative is that Trump is a cruel, heartless bastard, only works if he uses tear gas on kids, and it undercuts the argument that if the Obama Administration used tear gas to protect our border from being overrun,” said the Senator.

He continued, “I stand behind the men and women on the border standing between us and people who want to cross illegally. When you are slamming the tear gas, you are slamming the people we put on the border to protect us. That’s what disgusts me the most.”

 

Chaos: Migrant Caravan Members Attempt to Storm U.S. Border

President Trump has threatened to permanently close the U.S. border after hundreds of migrant caravan members–mostly men–attempted to storm the U.S. border between Tijuana, Mexico and San Diego on Sunday.

“Mexico should remove the flag waving migrants, many of whom are stone cold criminals, back to their countries,” he wrote on Twitter this morning. “Do it by plane, do it by bus, do it any way you want, but they are NOT coming into the U.S.A. We will close the border permanently if need be. Congress, fund the WALL!”

The attempts to storm the border prompted  U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents to temporarily close the San Ysidro Port of Entry, according to Fox News.

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen reported that some of the migrants “sought to harm CBP personnel” by hurling projectiles at them.

“As I have continually stated, DHS will not tolerate this type of lawlessness and will not hesitate to shut down ports of entry for security and public safety reasons,” Nielsen said. “We will also seek to prosecute to the fullest extent of the law anyone who destroys federal property, endangers our frontline operators, or violates our nation’s sovereignty.”

Most of the group that attempted to rush the border dispersed within an hour.

On Friday, the mayor of Tijuana announced a humanitarian crisis and said he was asking the United Nations for assistance for the almost 5,000 migrants who have camped in the city since their arrival from Central America.

Last Monday, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol received reports of caravan members attempting to “rush” the port of entry, and released the following statement:

In the early morning hours, CBP officials received reports of groups of persons from the caravan gathering in the city of Tijuana for a possible attempt or attempts to rush illegally through the port of entry instead of presenting themselves as required to a CBP officer. CBP officials suspended operations to safely place impediments at the port of entry that would restrict access to a large group attempting to run through the border crossing. After the CBP response at San Ysidro, no activity materialized at the border crossing.

Chief of Staff John Kelly signed a cabinet order last week which enables troops to take on law enforcement roles as well as use lethal force when needed while deployed at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Kelly stated in the order that the additional directives were necessary because “credible evidence and intelligence” that members of the migrant caravan currently in Tijuana “may prompt incidents of violence and disorder” which could threaten border officials.

 

Trump Set to Fire More Key Administration Members

Multiple news outlets are reporting that Chief of Staff John Kelly and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen will be fired in next few weeks.

NBC News is reporting that Kelly will be pushed out of the White House because of his clashes with First Lady Melania’s office and National Security Adviser John Bolton.

“There have been instances where the East Wing staff were not treated as equals to the male-dominated decision makers in Chief Kelly’s office,” one White House official told NBC. “Promotions were denied then finally granted after months of requests.”

Kelly also has also caused trouble for the first lady’s office over travel arrangements, allegedly not reserving space for Mrs. Trump’s two aides on Air Force One or on helicopters. Her aides would also be left without hotel rooms while traveling and these omissions have “caused last-minute logistical issues that the first lady viewed as a slight,” sources tell NBC.

Last month, Kelly got into a “shouting match” with Bolton over immigration, “startling” White House staff. CNN reported that Trump allegedly took Bolton’s side during the argument. Bolton (who favors a tougher approach to immigration) criticized Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen for her handling of border security. Neilsen formerly served as Kelly’s deputy when he was in charge of Homeland Security.

The Washington Post reported that President Trump wants Nielsen “out as soon as possible,” deeming her performance on immigration enforcement as “lackluster.” According to the report, Trump has not been pleased with Nielsen for months.

President Trump acknowledged that his administration would likely encounter a shake-up, telling reporters last week, “As we make changes, we’ll sit down and talk to you about it. I mean, there’s no great secret,” he said. “A lot of administrations make changes after midterms. I will say that, for the most part, I’m very, very happy with this Cabinet. We’re doing a great job.”

When asked about John Kelly’s possible departure, Trump said he hadn’t “heard about John Kelly” departing, but said working at the White House is tiring.

“People leave. They come in, they’re here. It’s a very exhausting job,” he said. “I love doing it, I must tell you. But it’s exhausting for a lot of people.”