NIELSEN: “We stepped up the targeting of dangerous criminal gangs such as MS-13. We removed thousands more criminal aliens in the year prior. We no longer exempt entire classes of illegal aliens from the consequences of breaking our immigration laws. We began the first new border wall system construction in close to a decade, we modified or asylum system processing to more quickly adjudicate claims and we ended so-called temporary immigration programs that were either constitutionally dubious or were administered in a manner that was inconsistent with the purpose of the law or contrary to the intent of Congress. Despite these actions, we’ve recently seen the numbers of illegal border crossings rise from 40-year lows last April back to previous levels. Our current border security and immigration laws fail the American people. The system rewards bad behavior. It does not punish law breakers. It undermines our nation’s economic interests. Make no mistake, interdiction without the ability to promptly remove those without legitimate cause is not border security, it’s not national security."