Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen holds a press conference at Border Field State Park near Imperial Beach, Calif., on Nov. 20, 2018. (Mani Albrecht/CBP)

Nielsen on New Caravan: ‘Illegal Entry Will Not be Tolerated’

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said today that approximately 2,000 aliens have arrived in northern Mexico “as part of a ‘caravan’ seeking to cross our southern border into Texas,” yet “illegal entry will not be tolerated, and we stand ready to prevent it.”

“The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has been working with the Departments of State, Defense and Justice to ensure all possible resources are available to address this lawless caravan,” Nielsen said in a statement. “DHS will take all steps to ensure the safety and security of law enforcement personnel on the frontlines.”

She added that “such caravans are the result of Congress’s inexcusable failure to fully fund a needed physical barrier and unwillingness to fix outdated laws that act as an enormous magnet for illegal aliens.”

“This crisis won’t be solved until we have comprehensive border security. Until then, DHS will do everything in its power – with the assistance of federal and state partners – to hold smugglers and traffickers accountable, enforce our laws, and keep American communities safe.”

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