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DHS Sec. Nielsen: “Children Are Being Used As Pawns” By Human Traffickers, Smugglers On The Border.

DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen makes the case for reforming immigration and asylum laws in her opening statement before the House Homeland Security Committee for a hearing on border security.

“Smugglers and traffickers have caught on that the outdated laws, lack of resources, and bad court decisions effectively give them a free ticket into America,” Nielsen said. “As a result, the flow of families and children has become a flood. Over the past five years, we have seen a 620% increase in families, or those posing as families, apprehended at the border.”

She continued: “Of great concern to me is that the children are being used as pawns to get into our country. We have encountered recycling rings, where innocent young people are used multiple times to help aliens gain illegal entry. As a nation, we simply cannot stand for this.”

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