>> U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen grilled Thursday by Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee.>> Are you required to follow that->> Would you like me to answer the question, or you wanna just yell at me?>> Yes, I would like you to answer the question.>> Over President Trump's demand to build a wall on the border between the U.S. and Mexico-
>> It does not help.>> And the death of a seven-year-old Guatemalan migrant girl who died in federal custody more than a day after she and her father were arrested for illegally crossing the U.S. southern border.>> The fact that CBP does not conduct a full medical examination of people it holds in its custody when they come into its custody is outrageous.
>> Republicans on the panel, meanwhile, praised Neilson, arguing that President Trump's immigration policies have kept Americans safe.>> Madam Secretary, I think you're doing a great job in very difficult circumstances.>> The Trump Administration's zero-tolerance policy at the border has drawn harsh criticism from Democrats. And Thursday's grilling is likely a sneak preview of more intense scrutiny by Democrats in the House, when they take control of the chamber in 2019.
Before the hearing, Nielsen announced a major change in immigration policy, saying the U.S. will soon send migrants who cross the southern border back to wait in Mexico, whether they're from there or not, while their U.S. Asylum requests are processed. Immigrant and Human Rights Advocates swiftly denounced the new policy, saying it violated international law and would put migrants at further risk.