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Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen praised President Trump and criticized Democrats who claim the crisis at the border is “manufactured.”
Nielsen’s comments came during a Wednesday night interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity. In addition to her criticism of a Congress that “refuse[s] to act,” the DHS secretary offered firm reasoning behind the claim that border walls “work.”
“I just am sorely disappointed, this a severe humanitarian and security crisis,” Nielsen said. “The president is taking leadership. He is taking decisive action and Congress continues to refuse to act. He is making it very clear what the crisis is, what we need to do. They have no alternative. They refuse to engage and it’s very, very disappointing …”
“Yeah, I mean, it’s offensive,” said Nielsen. “It’s disrespectful. I can’t imagine being one of these victim’s families and listening to an elected member of Congress claim that their pain and their suffering is manufactured. It’s offensive is what it is. But it’s also unprofessional.”
“Walls work,” Nielsen added later. “We can’t say it enough. The facts are incontrovertible. Anywhere that we have built wall, illegal migration has dropped between 90 and 95 percent. They know that. Those are the facts. They’ve been to the border themselves. They claim that they have talked to our border patrol agents. They claim they’re in favor of border security, but the president has made it clear this is not an either, this is not an or situation, this is an and. We need security at our ports of entry and we need security between our ports of entry.”
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