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DHS Sec Nielsen to Dem Senator: Opposing Illegal Immigration Isn’t a Political Philosophy, It’s the Law


Tuesday at Senate Appropriations subcommittee, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen got into a heated exchange with Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) over American immigration policy.

Partial transcript as follows:

NIELSEN: So if you look at all the numbers, we are trying to find ways to do it but I do want to just say, again, if you cross in between the ports of entry it’s illegal.

MURRAY: I know what your philosophy is. I’m out of time.

NIELSEN: It’s not a philosophy, it’s the law Congress passed. So we just encourage people to go to the ports if they need to come to seek asylum.

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