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March 08, 2019

     Dems looked and sounded like the fools they areHomeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen on Wednesday defended President Donald Trump's declaration of a national emergency at the southern border as she clashed with Democrats for the first time since they wrested control of the House.

     The hearing came as the U.S. Customs and Border Protection released new figures showing a massive uptick in attempted border crossings in recent months despite the colder weather. Nielsen warned that, at the current pace, the U.S. was on track to encounter close to one million undocumented migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border by the end of the budget year. "This is not a manufactured crisis," Nielsen told the House Homeland Security Committee. "This is truly an emergency."

     Nielsen insisted the administration was merely following the law when it stepped up prosecutions of border crossings, although the U.S. has reverted back to allowing exceptions for most people traveling as families so long as a serious crime hasn't been committed.

    Calls for legislative action were echoed by CBP Commissioner Kevin McAleenan in a separate hearing Wednesday. 

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