8:54 PM PT – Tue. January 1, 2019
DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen says migrant caravans have produced a humanitarian crisis at the United States-Mexico border.
On Twitter, Nielsen said an increasing number of children with illnesses are arriving illegally. The Secretary urged congress to end the 1997 Flores ruling, which the DHS believes encourages migrants to bring children into the United States.
Her remarks come after she visited the border in Texas, where two migrant children died after arriving in the country in poor health.
Secretary Nielsen added several agencies are working to help sick migrant minors before detained family units are put-up for deportation.
We are in the midst of a humanitarian crisis on the border. We continue to see an increase of children arriving illegally w illnesses. I have engaged USCG, HHS, DOD, and CDC but Congress must amend the TVPRA and end the Flores agreement to address the root causes of this crisis.
— Sec. Kirstjen Nielsen (@SecNielsen) January 2, 2019