Former Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Jeh Johnson on Thursday attributed the decrease in illegal immigration on the southern border to President Trump’s rhetoric.
“Through his rhetoric, he scared off a lot of women and children in Central America who’d rather stay in their desperate circumstances or just migrate to Mexico and stop there,” Johnson said on CNN’s “New Day.” “But these are really desperate women and children, women with babies in their arms, who are trying to flee the poverty and violence in the countries they left.”
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Johnson said the U.S. must enforce laws “in a humane manner consistent with our priorities.”
Those priorities, he added, included public safety in the Obama administration.
“So I told our immigration enforcement personnel, go after the really bad
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