January 16, 2018
The Homeland Security secretary rejected accusations that President Trump used derogatory language during last week’s immigration policy meeting.
Testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday, Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said the president did use “tough” words, and he was very passionate about revamping the immigration system.
On the other hand, Nielsen said she was surprised other people in the room were using inappropriate language in front of the president.
She said President Trump was mainly focused on security, and moving the country toward a merit-based immigration system.
“What he was referencing is, from a merit-based perspective, we would like to have those with skills who can assimilate and contribute to the United States, moving away from country quotas and to an individual, merit-based system,” Nielsen stated.
The DHS secretary went on to say DACA recipients who are registered and obey the law will not be a priority for removal.
She also said it’s not the policy of DHS to remove Dreamers who are abiding by the law if a deal is not reached.
Nielsen said she hopes members of Congress come to an agreement on the legislation, which would affect roughly 800,000 immigrants who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children.
The DHS Secretary said lawmakers need to move forward, and stay more focused on protecting Americans from threats to the country.