Homeland Security Secretary defends President Trump’s declaration of emergency order at border

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(NBC News) — Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen repeatedly backed President Trump’s national emergency declaration during testimony before Congress Wednesday.

“We are on track to encounter close to 1 million illegal aliens at our southern border this year,” Nielsen said, adding “This is not a manufactured crisis. This is truly an emergency.”

New Customs and Border Patrol figures show more than 76,000 migrants crossed the southwest border last month, the highest number in 12 years.

“Make no mistake this chain of human misery is getting worse,” Nielsen said.

Democrats blasted Nielsen for that misery, especially the treatment of children separated from their parents.

“When you saw those pictures of babies in cages, what did you do? What did you do, to just scream bloody murder up the chain to the president, to say ‘I cannot represent an agency that is forcing its border patrol to do this’?” asked Rep. Elissa Slotkin.

Nielsen defended the children’s care and blamed their parents. 

“There was no parent who has been deported, to my knowledge, without multiple opportunities to take their children with them,” she said.

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