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Secretary Nielsen Announces Historic Action to Confront Illegal Immigration

On December 20, 2018, Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen announced historic action to confront the illegal immigration crisis facing the United States.  Effective immediately, the United States will begin the process of invoking Section 235(b)(2)(C) of the Immigration and Nationality Act.  Under the Migration Protection Protocols (MPP), individuals arriving in or entering the United States from Mexico—illegally or without proper documentation—may be returned to Mexico for the duration of their immigration proceedings.

DHS Myth vs. Fact: Asylum Proclamation and Rule

Our system is currently overwhelmed by unchecked mass immigration, particularly at our Southwest border. President Trump is using the authority granted to him by the Immigration and Nationality Act to manage and protect the integrity of our immigration system and our national sovereignty.

Joint Statement from the Department of Homeland Security and Department of Defense

“After receiving a request for assistance from the Secretary of Homeland Security, the Secretary of Defense has approved providing mission-enhancing capabilities to Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) along the Southwest Border (SWB). This assistance is in addition to the previously authorized support to CBP's Operation Guardian Support mission."

CRCL is Experiencing a High Volume of Calls

The DHS Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (CRCL) has received an extraordinarily large volume of calls regarding the administration’s zero-tolerance policy.  We are working diligently to document every contact we receive and are attempting to keep our voice mailbox clear for additional messages.

Myth vs. Fact: DHS Zero-Tolerance Policy

In recent days, we have seen reporters, Members of Congress, and other groups mislead the public on the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) zero-tolerance policy.

Fact Sheet: Zero Tolerance Immigration Prosecutions - Families

The Attorney General directed United States Attorneys on the Southwest Border to prosecute all amenable adults who illegally enter the country, including those accompanied by their children, for 8 U.S.C. § 1325(a), illegal entry. Children whose parents are referred for prosecution will be placed with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR).

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