Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen visited the U.S. Coast Guard base Monday on her first visit to San Diego as the head of DHS. Not only did she speak to members of the Coast Guard, but she also went out on the water with them to see how they track down and stop illegal activity.
Nielsen got a first-hand look at the Coast Guard’s maritime security response team – one of just two specialized units in the United States. Known as MSRT, they respond to cases involving drug smuggling and illegal immigration.
Following her aerial tour, Nielsen addressed hundreds of coast guard members saying her first priority as Homeland Security Secretary is border security.
“True border security involves a wall system, which of course includes the physical infrastructure, but also mission-ready agents, patrol roads, sensor technology and support resources,” Nielsen said.
Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen arrived in San Diego Monday and spent the morning getting an aerial tour of the border wall prototypes and watching a demonstration from the Coast Guard’s Maritime Security Response Team. https://t.co/IYydrA402Y pic.twitter.com/2P9tFr2A6l
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