As U.S. President Donald Trump continues to battle with Congress on his border national emergency declaration, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen is adamant there is a crisis at the southern border that needs addressing.
The Democrat-lead resolution to block Trump’s emergency made its way through the House and Senate, where 12 Senate Republicans joined in voting for the resolution, but it was halted at the president’s desk where he issued his first veto.
Among those Republicans who opposed allowing Trump access to $3.6 billion funds for constructing physical barriers include Sens. Lisa Murkowski (Alaska), Susan Collins (Maine), Mike Lee (Utah), and Rand Paul (Ky.).
DHS’ Nielsen swiped back at the senators who voted against Trump’s emergency declaration.
She told Fox News on Monday that Trump has the authority to declare the emergency because “it’s statutory,” adding, “Congress gave it to him.”
“I can uncategorically tell you there’s absolutely a disaster and emergency at the southern border, and it’s becoming more and more heartwrenching every single day,” Nielsen added. “We truly are in system meltdown.”
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Previously, the DHS declared the crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border hit a “breaking point” as record numbers revealed a 12-year high of immigrants trying to cross into the U.S. illegally, with 76,103 total apprehensions in February, as IJR Red reported.
“What was a crisis, is now a full-fledged emergency,” Nielsen said. “This cannot be a partisan issue.”
In March alone, Nielsen projected the growth of illegal immigration would continue upward, anticipating 100,000 illegal immigrants to be apprehended by U.S. Border Patrol.
“I want to cut through the politics today to tell you loud and clear there is no manufactured crisis at our southern border,” she declared on Monday. “There is a real-life, humanitarian and security catastrophe.”