Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen had blunt advice or illegal immigrants who dont want to be separated from their families.
Nielsen recently announced an agency policy that will separate children from their parents if immigrant families attempt to cross the American border illegally. If caught, the illegal immigrant parents will face criminal prosecution and be separated from their children.
A reporter asked Nielsen on her way into the White House about the policy.
“What do you say to people who worry about separating parents and children?” the reporter asked, calling the practice “extreme.”
Nielsen had a simple response: “Dont break the law.”
She continued, saying “If you break the law, you go to jail, and youre separated from your family. It shouldnt be any different for illegal immigrants.”
Nielsen said earlier in the week at a Senate hearing, “Our policy is if you break the law, we will prosecute you. You have an option to go to a port of entry and not illegally cross into our country.”