DHS secretary Krisjen Nielsen slammed the media for their inaccurate reporting on families being separated on the U.S.-Mexico border. All discussions on this subject should be prefaced with the obvious fact that a prospective illegal immigrant can reduce the odds of their family being separated to zero by simply not illegally crossing the U.S.-Mexico border.

Nielsen didn’t mention that obvious fact, but did point out that “For those seeking asylum at ports of entry, we have continued the policy from previous Administrations and will only separate if the child is in danger, there is no custodial relationship between ‘family’ members, or if the adult has broken a law.” (RELATED: DHS Secretary Hammers Misinformed Liberals Over Family Border Policy).

She also pointed out that 10,000 of the 12,000 children held in custody were sent to the border WITHOUT their parents. And that’s not all.

According to multiple sources quoted by the Daily Caller, illegal immigrants are increasingly posing with children who are not their own in an attempt at gaining expedited entry into the U.S. This is especially relevant, because liberals are claiming it’s not your typical illegal alien crossing the border that’s being separated from their children, it’s asylum seekers.

Of course, in a world where asylum seekers get preferential treatment over someone crossing the border for other reasons, prospective illegals will just claim to be asylum seekers.

“The law enforcement source cast doubt on the asylum claims that many of the illegal immigrants appear to parrot, pointing out that the vast majority of those detained are actively trying to evade authorities. Only upon their detention do they offer the exact same credible fear of returning home, most of whom say the phrase in the exact same scripted way.” The children also rarely seem to know details about their supposed family members.

The scripted manner of their claims indicates that they’ve been coached, potentially by human traffickers. According to Nielsen, “From October 2017 to this February, we have seen a staggering 315% increase in illegal aliens, fraudulently using children to pose as family units to gain entry into the country.” It would make sense to temporarily separate those children for their own safety, wouldn’t it?

The whole rise in asylum seekers doesn’t have to do with economic conditions or violence in Latin America (which are horrible – but haven’t increased dramatically in the past two years), it has to do with an acknowledgment that the Trump administration is not going to be as lenient as others. The flow of migrants crossing the border almost dried up following the election, as illegals believed they had no chance to enter. So what’s another way to get into the U.S.? To claim, asylum.

There’s good reason to suspect most are not genuinely seeking asylum (but are economic migrants), given that there are other ways to seek asylum instead of illegally crossing the border and demanding it.