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DHS Secretary Vows Illegal ‘Caravan’ Members Will Be Prosecuted

Craig Bannister
By Craig Bannister | April 23, 2018 | 4:54 PM EDT

DHS Sec. Kirstein Nielsen (Screenshot)

President Donald Trump has ordered the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to prevent the illegal alien caravans from entering the U.S., and DHS Sec. Kirstein Nielsen released a warning to illegal border-crossers.

In a Monday morning Tweet, Trump announced his instructions to the DHS:

“Despite the Democrat inspired laws on Sanctuary Cities and the Border being so bad and one sided, I have instructed the Secretary of Homeland Security not to let these large Caravans of people into our Country. It is a disgrace. We are the only Country in the World so naive! WALL”

Trump then Tweeted his plan to make securing the border a prerequisite for any new free trade agreement with Mexico:

“Mexico, whose laws on immigration are very tough, must stop people from going through Mexico and into the U.S. We may make this a condition of the new NAFTA Agreement. Our Country cannot accept what is happening! Also, we must get Wall funding fast.”

Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen then issued a statement promising to stop, arrest and prosecute members of the illegal alien caravan from Central America:

“DHS continues to monitor the remnants of the ‘caravan’ of individuals headed to our Southern border with the apparent intention of entering the United States illegally. A sovereign nation that cannot – or worse, chooses not – to defend its borders will soon cease to be a sovereign nation. The Trump Administration is committed to enforcing our immigration laws – whether persons are part of this ‘caravan’ or not.”

Nielsen also warned illegal aliens who plan to claim “asylum” when caught that they won’t be released into the U.S. pending their court date. Instead, they’ll be held in detention until it’s determined whether or not they’re legitimate asylum-seekers:

“If members of the ‘caravan’ enter the country illegally, they will be referred for prosecution for illegal entry in accordance with existing law.”

“For those seeking asylum, all individuals may be detained while their claims are adjudicated efficiently and expeditiously, and those found not to have a claim will be promptly removed from the United States.

“DHS, in partnership with DOJ, is taking a number of steps to ensure that all cases and claims are adjudicated promptly – including sending additional USCIS asylum officers, ICE attorneys, DOJ Immigration Judges, and DOJ prosecutors to the Southern border.”

But, even illegal aliens legitimately seeking asylum should do so in another country – such as Mexico – she advised:

“DHS encourages persons with asylum or other similar claims to seek protections in the first safe country they enter, including Mexico. While we are committed to doing everything we can on the border to secure our nation, we need Congress to do their job as well. I join the President in asking Congressional leadership to work with the Administration to pass legislation to close the legal loopholes that prevent us from securing our borders and protecting Americans. I stand ready to work with any member who in good faith seeks to support DHS’s mission and secure our country.”

“Again, if you enter the United States illegally, let me be clear: you have broken the law. And we will enforce the law through prosecution of illegal border crossers,” the DHS secretary reiterated.

 


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