U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Kristjen Nielsen visiting the McAllen Border Patrol Station today. Sheriff from across the country joining her to discuss a handful of top priorities, including how to ensure violent criminals are not released back into our communities.
In a roundtable discussion, Secretary Nielsen with about 24 sheriffs and RGV Border Patrol Sector Chief Rodolfo Karisch, discussed the “287 G Program”. It gives local law enforcement authority to perform immigration enforcement.
“In Galveston County Texas our 287 G Program partners encountered an alien convicted of Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child. It was a two-time re-entry non-registered sex offender who served 10 years of deferred probation since 2004 and who had freely been walking around our community freely. Until local law enforcement assisted us in apprehending him.” said Nielsen.
According to Chief Karisch, 123,000 undocumented immigrants have been apprehended year to date. “Very, very busy. Over the last two weeks our numbers have climbed significantly.”
Nielsen calls on congress to change laws stating the flow of undocumented immigrants is significantly increasing. Adding the system was not built to protect the number of immigrants coming through the southern border.
“I again call on congress again to change the laws that are now simply outdated and to change them and do what we have to do to resource our departments appropriately to address today’s crisis.” added Nielsen.
After touring the centralized processing center and the border this morning, Secretary Nielsen says DHS is working towards relieving the pressure in the system. She did not answer when asked if more detention centers would be added. She did say DHS is working with the Justice Department to speed up processing in detention centers.