McAleenan: Change the law. “We want to be able to address immigration claims....at the border” to “keep families together.”
McAleenan: Apply for asylum from the home country.
McAleenan had a third one but he said it too fast.
McAleenan - recommendations come from task force are not arbitrary.
McAleenan - not waiting for Congress - working with Mexico to stop the smugglers
McAleenan - Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador helping to stop human smuggling criminal networks
McAleenan - anticipate 25% fewer illegal crossings in June
...when they tally the numbers
McAleenan - “for months warning of increasing numbers of children arriving at border” - 7 testimonies to Congress since May 1 - “breaking point” 14,000 in custody - “facilities not enough”
McAleenan “unsubstantiated allegations” re Clint Station - actual conditions clean
McAleenan - $500 million invested - care of migrants - “contrary to reporting children are receiving access to key supplies”
McAleenan - “real story” is about Border Patrol agents and numerous others “working tirelessly” - story is about “vulnerable populations” “smuggling cycle” “children in danger”
(Valeria - this is the child who died with her father Oscar)
McAleenan - border enforcement has to happen not only at the border but in the “interior” - that is a “balanced” process
McAleenan - the story is the children and families victimized by smugglers
Question about El Paso (this is going fast) - “huge area, logistical challenge”
Question - what will you do if supplemental is passed - how will you spend the money
McAleenan - identify children crossing without passport - “Guatemala addressing that”
McAleenan - stop human smuggling at the source - DNA testing, children trafficked from Guatemala and Honduras are “rented” and sold - these countries are very concerned about their children!
McAleenan - DHS is working with partner countries to share intelligence to stop human smuggling at the source
McAleenan - HHS identifying facilities in Texas and Oklahoma - teenage boys a focus - unaccompanied minors
McAleenan (my paraphrase) - DHS wants to keep families together and children away from smugglers who steal them
McAleenan - “the supplemental is for the humanitarian mission”
McAleenan - “it’s more about the pull factors” than weather (don’t know what “pull factors” are)
Looking for “continued reduction in numbers” which should address “capacity” - focus is on “the criminals who are profiting from it”
The press conference is over.
This sounds exactly like the DHS/CBP I know very well.
Thank you to these selfless law enforcement agents and those who are helping them.
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