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Homeland Security Secretary says ‘1 million illegal immigrants’ this year

March 06, 2019 - 2:12 pm
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The Department of Homeland Security issued a stark assessment of the nation’s illegal immigration problem Wednesday; saying the agency expects at least “one million” people will attempt to enter the US illegally this year.

“In February, we saw a 30 percent jump over the previous month, with agents apprehending or encountering nearly 75,000 aliens,” Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen told the House Committee on Homeland Security. “This is an 80 percent increase over the same time last year. And I can report today that CBP is forecasting the problem will get even worse this spring as the weather warms up.”

“We want to strengthen legal immigration and welcome more individuals through a merit-based system that enhances our economic vitality and the vibrancy of our diverse nation. We also will continue to uphold our humanitarian ideals,” she said. “But illegal immigration is simply spiraling out of control and threatening public safety and national security.”

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