The New York Times reports:
Kirstjen Nielsen, the homeland security secretary, on Wednesday implored Congress to confront what she called a “humanitarian catastrophe” on the southern border by supporting President Trump’s call for a border wall and changing laws to crack down on asylum-seekers and illegal border-crossers.
In her first congressional appearance since Democrats took control of the House, Ms. Nielsen was defiant in the face of criticism of the administration for its treatment of migrant families at the border, especially its decision last summer to separate children from their parents.
CBS News reports:
The main line of questioning from the committee’s Democratic majority will center on President Trump’s controversial national emergency declaration, his proposed border wall, the discontinued family-separation policy and the deaths of migrant children in U.S. custody, two congressional aides told CBS News.
Although some members of the committee will likely delve into other immigration-related issues, two congressional aides told CBS News the hearing will largely focus on border security and Nielsen’s oversight of the administration’s stringent immigration enforcement efforts.
The hearing has just started.