Committee, where she was grilled about the Trump administration’s controversial immigration policies that resulted in children being separated from their parents.
Here’s what we learned from today’s hearing:
- On children in custody: Nielsen said she didn’t know how many children are in Customs and Border Protection custody.
- On Trump’s national emergency: She defended President Trump’s national emergency declaration despite his claim he “didn’t need to” do it.
- On terrorists entering the US: Nielsen confirmed that most terrorists were stopped while trying to fly to US — not at the border.
- On zero tolerance: Nielsen defended the administration’s “zero tolerance” policy, which called for the criminal prosecution of adults crossing the border illegally and, as a result, the separation of families.
- On the dangerous journey to the US: Every girl over 10 who crosses the border is given a pregnancy test, Nielsen said.
- On family separations: She said family separation wasn’t intended to be a deterrent despite leaked memos.
- On drugs at the border: Nielsen said she didn’t have numbers on drugs coming through border.
- On cybersecurity: The current cybersecurity threat is “blinking red” and is possibly the “highest threat” to the US homeland, she said.
- Meg Wagner and Brian Ries