Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen visits border officials in Yuma, Arizona

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Posted at 11:19 AM, Apr 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-04 16:11:16-04

(KGTV) - Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen is visiting the southern border in Yuma, Arizona, Thursday to meet with federal and local law enforcement officials.

Nielsen visited a port of entry and patrol station in El Paso, Texas, on Wednesday, where she was briefed on an overcrowded satellite processing facility.

According to DHS officials, Nielsen’s Yuma visit will include an assessment of “the Department’s emergency response and efforts to surge federal government resources to the area to restore order.”

Nielsen is also expected to discuss the impact the emergency response is having on border trade and travel.

The secretary’s visit to Texas and Arizona comes ahead of President Trump’s planned visit to the southern border in Calexico, California on April 5.

Last week, Trump threatened to close the border if Mexico did not step up its efforts to prevent migrants from entering the U.S.

On Thursday, the president backed off of his threat, telling reporters that he would give Mexico a “one-year warning” and possibly place tariffs on the country.