Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen confirmed on Friday that the possibility of closing the southern border to Mexico “on the table.”
Nielsen made the comments during a phone call with reporters, adding: “If we must close ports to take care of all the numbers that will come, we will do that. … It is on the table.”
The question arose after President Trump tweeted that “if Mexico did not immediately stop illegal immigration into the United States coming in to (sic) our Southern border, I will Close……..the border, or large parts of the border, next week.”
Nielsen claims that there are so many people coming to the areas between the legal ports of entry, DHS will be forced to reallocate resources, in principle, the staff of the legal pages, and send you the parts of the border, where the migrants are slipping in illegally.
DHS officials say the reallocation of resources to commercial delays will lead to the border.
The US southern border system, “said past emergency and really at the breaking point,” Nielsen.
DHS officials say the number of prohibitions to the southern border to reach surging, from 60,000 per month in the last year to 75,000 last month-on pace, as 100,000 in this month.
DHS officials also say that recently the 100th large group of migrants looked to cross illegally this year. A large group is a classification for more than 100 people traveling together.
A letter Nielsen sent to Congress on Thursday not only to try to kick-unaccompanied minors from the County, according to DHS officials, but is rather a plea for the laws to change about what Nielsen can do.
Currently, if an unaccompanied minor does not meet-year-old from Mexico asylum criteria, DHS, please send them to the home, but this is not true for a child from other Central American countries such as Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador.
In the cases of the children of these countries, the DHS is required by law for the transfer of children to health and Human Services, but if the Agency does not accept, you are left to languish in the care of customs and customs and border protection, DHS officials say, does not have suitable facilities for children.