DHS Secy: Pres. Trump is Focused on Moving to Merit-Based Immigration

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill, Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018, in Washington. ( AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

January 16, 2018
OAN Newsroom

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.

143 Comments on "DHS Secy: Pres. Trump is Focused on Moving to Merit-Based Immigration"

  1. A skill more in depth than running a 7-11 register, please.

  2. Roe Skidmore | January 17, 2018 at 6:48 am |

    She showed a lot of class, especially when she was treated rudely and verbally abused by the jerk, Corey Booker. She handled slick Dicky Durbin well when he tried to put words in her mouth.

  3. That’s too bad for the l1bt@rds… no more boody pick’n cavemen to indoctrinate.

  4. Sons of Liberty | January 17, 2018 at 6:03 am |

    Corey Booker is sane and rational.
    Donald Trump is not in control of his faculties.
    You are under my power…

  5. Another demoncrat rhetoric narrative is falling by the wayside!
    Tromp 2020!

  6. I thought it was strange that at Cory Booker’s first Senate Judiciary meeting he admitted to crying when Sen Durbin tattletaled to him about the shole/shouse meeting, then went into an overly-emotional, snow-flake, my-feelings-were-hurt diatribe, in contrast to the cool and collected DHS secretary. Without even trying, Donald Trump triggered Cory Booker to have a public emotional breakdown. Wasn’t sure if he was going to cry like a baby or punch someone in the face. If Booker is going to run for president, he might be in a straight jacket by the time the Democratic debates begin. Meanwhile Trump’s medical exam showed that he is strong as an ox and scored a perfect 30 out of 30 on the cognitive exam.

    • Sons of Liberty | January 17, 2018 at 6:09 am |

      Durbins sophmoric play has failed in disgrace. And he continues to do so with his 100% comments regarding illegals. Corey Bookers scripted melodramatics were absolutely comical.
      People have to ask themselves if they want to be part of this madness or not. Seriously.

  7. Vera Orsova | January 17, 2018 at 5:52 am |

    The lefties philosophy is “he could have said it”, so they just go ahead with the “he did say it” and since to them, lying is as natural as breathing, they see absolutely nothing wrong with it.

  8. The vast majority of people trying to get into America — and the total majority of illegals finding ways to illegally scurry across the border — are people who don’t offer this country anything but another item in the debit column. We need people who will: 1) Assimilate; 2) Speak English; 3) Work; 4) Pay taxes; 5) Appreciate America. That means toughing up by three miles our requirements to immigrate.

  9. If these people are not an asset to the country they don’t need to come. If the ones here now is a liability they need to go. No one made them come to America, they did it on their own accord and that doesn’t give them the privilege of staying. The government/American taxpayers, is paying their way so the government has a right to say weather they stay or enter. Those that think illegal’s have a right to everything needs to take them into their house and pay their way. Past administrations have set this mess into play to bring America down. I stand with President Trump’s stance on immigration and if you care for America and the future of your own family you will to, democrats or republican.

  10. Sportsmadness | January 16, 2018 at 9:13 pm |

    I saw the questioning she received from Congress ….. at times it looked like a witch hunt. She stayed impressive and composed through the questioning even though some Senators sounded very ignorant and repeated themselves even though she had to explain the same answer over and over. Maybe she should have brought color crayons to this meeting so the Senators could understand her better. I think her response on DACA was excellent.

  11. Sign At Ellis Island:

    Immigration Restrictions
    This summary of restrictive immigration policy follows the language of the original laws.

    1875: First federal immigration legislation bars convicts, prostitutes, and coolies (Chinese contract laborers).
    1882: Chinese immigration is curtailed. Lunatics, idiots, and any person unable to take care of him or herself without becoming a public charge are excluded.
    1885: Contract laborers are excluded.
    1891: Paupers, polygamists, the insane, and persons with a loathsome or dangerous contagious disease are excluded.
    1903: Epileptics, professional beggars, and anarchists are excluded.
    1907: Imbeciles, the feeble-minded, tuberculars, persons with physical or mental defects that could affect their ability to earn a living, and children under 16 unaccompanied by their parents are excluded. Gentlemen’s Agreement between the U.S. and Japan curtails Japanese immigration.
    1917: Literacy text enacted. Virtually all immigration from Asia is banned.
    1921: Temporary quotas limit admissions to 3% of each nationality’s representation in the 1910 census. An annual ceiling of 350,000 is placed on immigration.
    1924: Admissions from each country are further reduced to 2% of each nationality’s representation on the 1890 census. An annual ceiling of 165,000 is placed on immigration. This formal quota system is to be replaced in 1927 with a national origins system limiting immigration 150,000 per year and assigning quotas based each nationality’s percentage of the total population in the 1920 census. This restrictive polity was not changed until 1965.

  12. That is exactly the way it should be. It should be mutually beneficial. There’s no future in bringing in people who can’t support themselves.

  13. Any Dems, please answer

  14. Dems don’t want immigration solved what would they run on, who would they be saving next, failed the black community, abandoned the white community, just who will they save next ?

  15. How the Democrats distorted us to what we have now is beyond tragic. Merit based? Imagine that.

  16. This is the most logical way to have people immigrate . The fact that the USA wasn’t doing this in the first place goes to show how far our leaders had sunk. Thank you mr president . I will never tire of winning our great republic back from the socialist demoncrats .

  17. I think the director of DHS should let the INS, etc loose on the list of employees of these politicians.

  18. Not much here this evening. Going to my music.

  19. This may just be another wasted comment, but I hope not.
    The past three Mexican presidents are laughing at us. Because a good part ot the country of Mexico resides in the United States of America right now. Illegal, orf course, but the simple fact remains, they live here.

    Those Mexican nationals who live here in our country, knowing full well they are here illegally to begin with, send tons of money back to their families in Mexico.
    Like it or not, it makes up a large proportion of the overall economy of Mexico.

    That’s exactly why the last two Presidents of Mexico and now the current President, Enrique Pena Nieto absolutely embrace the idea of Mexican illegals just walking across our southern border. Because they send money back to Mexico.

    Mexicans are a cult in this country. Not unlike Muslims. They don’t believe in our History. They don’t actually believe in the foundations of our government that make us what we are. Americans. They simply come here for the free stuff and jobs.

    What the Mexicans are doing here is no real secret. The more honest ones are simply looking for work, just like they would do in Mexico. Except in Mexico, there is no work. At least not enough.

    Mexico has most of the same natural resources we have. Namely, Agriculture and Oil. Better climate than we have, Oil in abundance. And yet, the nation is poor. So their people come here, where we don’t really need them.

    I am going to close this rather long post with just this one final comment.

    We simply don’t need any more Mexicans. I think we have enough at this point in time.

    I am sorry that your country of birth is just another Shi$$hole country like the other ones that Trump referred to. Not my problem.

    I think before you come crying here to our doors, you should first try to fix the problems in your own country.

    The United States of America was never meant to be the ultimate solution for all the poor nations of the planet.

    While we may have the reputation for taking in others from foreign lands, I, and others, feel that reputation has been greatly abused recently.

    I don’t want to see any more of it. I’m done.

  20. donnieboy64 | January 16, 2018 at 4:21 pm |

    nielsen is of potus quality.

  21. nfcapitalist | January 16, 2018 at 4:08 pm |

    Sounds like Lindsey Graham is going with Jeff Flake… they both now will be running as communists?

  22. Why is this not already a thing?

  23. Deplorable Phytomorphogenesis | January 16, 2018 at 3:56 pm |

    Secretary Nielson handled the situation truly like a professional. What a strong woman!

    Unlike that cory booker who acted like a baboon who lost in a battle to mate.
    What a loser.

  24. Chained immigrants should be thrown-out again and again.

  25. America welcomes any one who comes to our country legally and goes through the legal system to become an American, embrace our constitution and assimilate into the American society. In order to do that President Trump is right we need the wall, we need merit based immigration, and we need to deport those that came illegally along with the gangs and criminals.

  26. James Dandy | January 16, 2018 at 3:32 pm |

    Seriously. Will someone PLEASE explain to me how all of these “dreamers” managed to go through the education system and even go to college if they weren’t here legally? Most states complain about the lack of school funding so why are they, apparently, providing it to illegal immigrants?

    • All American | January 16, 2018 at 3:33 pm |


    • nfcapitalist | January 16, 2018 at 4:12 pm |

      Well… Barack Obama went to college as a foreign national on our dime… never going to find any records on his grades or means… scrubbed, and those investigative reporters do not exist.

      • It’s true. You can’t research very much about the history of Obama. It’s a closed book.

    • Great questions my friend! Unfortunately a leftist is the way to give you the misguided answers you seek

      • James Dandy | January 17, 2018 at 8:14 am |

        It took some work but I found my answer. Basically they screwed up the wording of the 14th Amendment.
        In 1975 Texas authorized local school districts to deny enrollment in public schools to foreign-born children who were not “legally admitted” to the United States. A class action suit was filed by a group of Mexican students (Plyler v. Doe). In 1982 SCOTUS held that they could not be denied public education primarily because part of the 14th Amendment states “No State shall … deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws”.
        However the full text of the 14th Amendment Section 1 states “All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws”.
        So if they’d have used “citizen” instead of “person” in the last two references the court probably wouldn’t have had the basis to decide the way they did.

        • Or that equal protection under law means that the law applies to all including illegals. Therefore illegals are in violation of immigration law and subject to its consequences. Maybe the 14th amendment was written well… what do you think?

    • James – we have a town in Long Island where many of these illegals were “shipped”. The local school board refused to take them in, and guess what? The courts supported the illegals.

  27. How do you argue against a merit based system? Ridiculous that it is NOT a merit based system.

    • nfcapitalist | January 16, 2018 at 4:16 pm |

      Suicidal… Nikita Krushev said this was coming and Yuri Bezmenov’s youtube warning to America exposed it.

  28. Sounds like the president should put a $10,000 curse box on the table for these meetings. There are plenty of charities that could use the money.

    • conquest915 | January 16, 2018 at 5:16 pm |

      Oh grow up.

      In a closed heated meeting, thing are going to get heated. And I can list plenty of incidences where the left has used quite colorful language. Ask Bo Bieden about his language sometimes or why Politico did an article back in April, 2017 about dems dropping the F-bomb so much.

      • Oh, I don’t expect the president would be the main contributor as Dems would have to pay too. They’d probably want taxable donation receipts.
        As for growing up, the box is for those that never got around to it. These congressional bucket mouths could use a dose of maturity.

  29. All American | January 16, 2018 at 2:46 pm |

    Did anyone see Corey Booker screaming at Our Homeland Security Secretary??
    Talking about “Disrespectful” maybe it’s time to give all members of Congress and the Senate MMPI testing to ensure that they are fit to serve the American Taxpayers!

  30. Merit-Based System is better than making America a dumping ground for Foreign Dissidents and Criminals , that’s for sure …………….Remember Cuba , they emptied their Prison’s and sent the Animals to America ……

  31. First time I’ve seen this lady in action. I’d say she handled Durbin with skill and professionalism. I’m impressed.

  32. AWESOME!!!!! NO CACA DACA!!!!

  33. SaidNO2Liberalism | January 16, 2018 at 2:31 pm |

    Saw a clip of Booker’s manufactured outrage during his grandstanding in this session and had to break into a laugh. That performance certainly deserves an Oscar trophy.

  34. Captain America | January 16, 2018 at 2:24 pm |


  35. Nitwit Hunter | January 16, 2018 at 2:20 pm |

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  36. SaidNO2Liberalism | January 16, 2018 at 2:13 pm |

    Saw a clip of Booker’s manufactured outrage during his grandstanding in this session and had to break into a laugh. That performance certainly deserves an Oscar trophy.

    • Marilyn Bloom | January 16, 2018 at 2:54 pm |

      Give him a shoe & he’d be Nikita Khrushchev with a tan.

    • All American | January 16, 2018 at 3:37 pm |

      It certainly revealed his inability to cope!! Disturbed⬇️

    • nfcapitalist | January 16, 2018 at 4:23 pm |

      Yelling at a woman who won’t acquiesce to his demands… sounds like a male domination advocate and bully… where are the women’s support groups supporting her?

    • Arnold Maize | January 16, 2018 at 4:37 pm |

      Why didn’t she just repeat, “What difference, at this point, does it make” and then laugh at him.

      • That would have been classic.

      • SaidNO2Liberalism | January 16, 2018 at 7:19 pm |

        It would have been an icing on the cake that the DHS Secretary stood up and gave this guy a standing ovation for a great performance. Let us not forget Booker was indicted for corruption not too long ago.

  37. But people who can think for themselves and do not need handouts might vote for the Republicans. I do not think the Dems are going to like this one bit. And I love it.

    • Thats why I think that Durbin made his fake claim by misrepresenting comments Trump had made.

      • All American | January 16, 2018 at 3:39 pm |

        Of course! The Russian collusion is in the can. The rats needed something new! More lies👍🏻

      • nfcapitalist | January 16, 2018 at 4:25 pm |

        Making a scene for the purpose of distracting from the fact that Trump wants to eliminate a communist talking point… rules for radicals… yup, it’s right there.

      • Arnold Maize | January 16, 2018 at 4:33 pm |

        I just thought it was to take the heat off the monstrosity of a Presidential Library that is already over budget that Dickless Durbin agreed with for Chicago.

        • Oh really? I was not aware Durbin was part of that arrangement. From the sounds of it he did not make an agreement with the people of Chicago.

      • It’s telling that no other dem at the meeting corroborated his lie.

        • Roe Skidmore | January 17, 2018 at 6:53 am |

          Not one democrat backed Dicky Durbin, who’s a leader in the bankrupt state of Illinois? No surprise there, our country elected the worst president in history from Illinois without any achievements in his career, Barry Soetoro.

      • Ye’ll are right. There are multiple reasons 🙂

    • Yeah, ye’ll are right. There are multiple reasons 🙂

  38. Yes, yes and yes.

  39. This is the ONLY way immigration should work – merit based FOR AMERICA, not dumb down illiterates or criminals for democrat votes

  40. We’ve all heard feminists deriding Trump and how bad he is for women. Yet, most of his best people ARE women. Nielsen is one, Ivanka, Sanders, and Conway are some of the others. ALL have shown both incredible ability and almost superhuman poise, even in a hostile environment. Trump has given them, and many other women a chance to shine. What have the feminists done? For that matter, what have the Democrats done? How much ability and poise do the Democratic women that are well known, such as Maxine Waters, Hillary Clinton, and Nancy Pelosi display? To both questions the answer is the same: nothing I know of.

  41. internettoughguy | January 16, 2018 at 1:30 pm |

    Merit = white.

    • Merit=Contributing to this country, if you thinks that means white, it doesn’t.

      • Just Sayin, Dont forget can be assimilated. Why would we want people here that does not want to be American?

    • Sorry to hear that you are so racist. Did you even listen to her responses?

    • Just Sayin, Dont forget can be assimilated. Why would we want people here that does not want to be American?

      internettoughguy, are you so full of hate that you think the only ones that can contribute to a receiving country and assimilate because they want to be a part of that nation are whites? Sounds to me like your saying Haitians and other African nations are not equipped to contribute to a successful society. What a truly racist comment!

  42. We keep hearing about DACA but no mention of what will be done with the parents that brought them here illegally.

  43. Shane Norkus | January 16, 2018 at 1:23 pm |

    ‘merit based’ immigration leaves out ALL 800,000 DACA and DREAMers because, by definition, they are ALL criminal illegal-alien invaders. buh-bye.

  44. Merit based as well as income based immigration is the way most countries are already doing it. Try to immigrate to New Zealand, Canada, GB,Ireland and others and you will certainly be asked to provide proof of ability to pay for your time in their countries. Even the countries to our south like Mexico, Central American Countries and South American countries want to know that you can pay your own way.

    • Cross the Rio Grande and enter Mexico illegally and it won’t end well if you’re caught.

    • Go to Mexico illegally and you will find yourself in the poky, yet they come here on catch and release. They are laughing at America..

  45. JumpinJehosephat | January 16, 2018 at 1:19 pm |

    A merit-based immigration system. That probably means screening for educated and accomplished immigrants who are prepared to contribute to making America Great Again beginning on Day 1. That ought to scare the Democrat to death!

    • LuciusAnnaeusSeneca | January 16, 2018 at 3:54 pm |

      The best way would be to bring back the McCarran-Walters act of 1952, which instituted merit-based immigration. This was a sensible and enforcible act, but unfortunately was a target of Edward Kennedy and his plans to flood the country with immigrants from Third World countries that would vote for his political party.

      • american121 | January 16, 2018 at 4:29 pm |

        Socialism destroys everything in its path.

        The goal of Socialism is Communism. – Vladimir Lenin – Founder of the Soviet Union

      • Repeal the Hart-Celler Act (1965 immigration law backed by Sen. Kennedy).

    • And who are willing to assimilate into our culture and accept our constitution as the rule of the republic, and willing to accept ENGLISH as the spoken language.

      • English in America. The nations language. Surely you jest.

      • HarryObrian | January 17, 2018 at 6:06 am |

        “Security for Americans”… in 35 years I have never heard those words from an anti-American liberal. It can be a two edged sword but I still haven’t heard it in a long time.

    • Tyrone Jackson | January 17, 2018 at 9:10 am |

      True to democrats “merit” means they want to “vote for a living” so they can rely on government handout programs that the democrats support.

  46. Excellent job … thought she handled Durbin very professionally and with a ton more patience than most could have mastered. He is true to his name.

    • His parents could have named him Johnson. That would make it a little less obvious what they really thought of him..

  47. Smart, conservative, logical, well-spoken, and very good looking. What’s not to like.

  48. Bill Smith 999935 | January 16, 2018 at 1:16 pm |

    Do we need immigration anymore?

  49. "I'm a Rooster!" | January 16, 2018 at 1:14 pm |

    I like “merit based”. It thins out the free-loaders.

  50. Slowpoke the Cruiser | January 16, 2018 at 1:13 pm |

    Good” ’bout time, ya think?

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