Kirstjen Nielsen Denies She Threatened To Resign After Trump Scolding

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen confers with an aide while testifying before the Senate Appropriations Committee

"Our policy is if you break the law, we will prosecute you", Nielsen said.

HHS operates more than 100 shelters across the nation for children seized at the border.

Health and Human Services takes custody of children who cross the border alone within 48 hours, as well as children who are separated from their families when their parents are charged with crimes or the child's welfare is in doubt. The Associated Press, citing two government sources, said four USA military bases in Texas and Arkansas may soon be used to house some of the children. "If you're a parent or you're a single person or you happen to have a family, if you cross between the ports of entry, we will refer you for prosecution. You have broken US law".

"For a party that allegedly believes that government doesn't do a lot right, having soldiers babysit children - separated from their parents - probably not the best moment in our history", he added. That department then finds people for the children to stay with while the parents are in custody, she said. Nielsen then reminded her that USA citizen parents are separated every day in the United States when those parents are arrested or sentenced to prison. "We owe more to these children to protect them".

"I have not resigned", she said in response to reporters' questions as she left a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing on Tuesday, according to Politico.

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"Once you start taking these children, please, I don't think any record should reflect that somehow, you are confident or anybody is confident that they're being placed in a safe and secure environment", said Sen.

"They know better than Congress", Nielsen told Ingraham. A conviction for illegal entry carries a maximum penalty of six months in custody for first-time crossers - though they usually do far less time - and two years for repeat offenses.

"We have legal ways to do that, but it's not through asylum", she said.

U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen tours a replacement border wall construction site on April 18, 2018 in Calexico, Calif.

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