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DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen Warns Migrant Caravan over Asylum

HeadlineNov 21, 2018

In California, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen on Tuesday toured a stretch of the U.S.-Mexico border wall separating Imperial Beach from neighboring Tijuana, warning members of a migrant caravan gathered on the opposite side that the Trump administration would likely reject their claims of political asylum.

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen: “Wanting a job is not a basis for asylum under U.S. law. Wanting to be reunited with your family is not a basis for asylum under U.S. law. Wanting to live in the United States, not a basis of asylum under U.S. law.”

Nielsen added, “The crisis is real, and it is just on the other side of this wall.”

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