Nielsen: 'Outrageous' for Migrants to Make Political Demands, Ask for $50G to Return Home
'These are not migrants who are seeking asylum.'
Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said it's "outrageous" for immigrants' rights groups to demand that migrants gathered at the southern border either be allowed to enter the U.S. or be given $50,000 to return home.
According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, two Central American migrant groups marched to the U.S. Consulate in Tijuana on Tuesday and issued the ultimatum, along with other demands, including that deportations be halted and that asylum seekers be processed faster and in greater numbers.
Nielsen reacted to the demands on "Fox & Friends" Friday, saying, "As an American, I think that’s outrageous."
"These are folks in the caravan who have made political demands. They’ve asked us to intervene in the government of Honduras, they've demanded that Americans pay them $50,000 each and they’ve demanded that we change the way in which we do immigration and how we protect our border," Nielsen said. "These are not migrants who are seeking asylum."
Nielsen also said the ongoing border security funding battle is a "terrible example of politics at its worst."
President Trump has vowed he is willing to shut the government down if Congress does not approve $5 billion for border security, including his long-promised wall.
Nielsen pointed out that Democrats have voted for the wall in the past, including appropriating money for a border barrier just last year.
"Nothing has changed. In fact, the numbers have gone up. The security risks have gone up. We stopped thousands of special interest aliens at the border last year, thousands of criminals. We know there’s criminals in this flow. The need for the wall has never been clearer," Nielsen said.
"Walls work, and yet Democrats are saying they will not fund the wall.”
Watch the "Fox & Friends" interview above, and see Tucker Carlson's must-see debate with a pro-caravan bishop below.