Rafael Carranza, The Republic | azcentral.com Published 4:03 p.m. MT Nov. 8, 2017 | Updated 5:45 p.m. MT Nov. 8, 2017
The nominee to lead the federal agency in charge of protecting the nation’s borders said Wednesday that a wall is not needed along the entire length of the U.S.-Mexico border.
Kirstjen Nielsen, President Donald Trump’s pick to head the Department of Homeland Security, made her remarks during a Senate confirmation hearing. Nielsen has been picked to replace previous DHS Secretary and current White House chief of staff John Kelly.
During the hearing, members for the Senate’s Homeland Security Committee grilled her on a range of issues, from enforcement at the Southwest border to cybersecurity threatening the nation.
Asked if she agreed with previous statements from Kelly that DHS was “not going to build a wall from sea to shining sea” along the U.S.-Mexico border, she responded with a simple “yes.”