Trump's border security boss should resign over family separation policy, Democrats say

Kirstjen Nielsen Confronted By Activists In Mexican Restaurant

Kirstjen Nielsen Confronted By Activists In Mexican Restaurant

Department of Homeland Security Secy Kirstjen Nielsen defended the Trump administration's appalling policy of snatching children from parents at the border, insisting she's merely enforcing the law and it's up to Congress to "fix it". Last month, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said, "If you don't want your child to be separated, then don't bring them across the border illegally". Multiple reports have also contradicted Nielsen's claim that asylum-seeking families are not being separated.

A White House official told CNN that spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders did not want to conduct the briefing alone, and Nielsen was recruited to join her.

Administration officials, including Nielsen, have said the administration's policy on immigration detentions is necessary to fully enforce the nation's laws.

Nielsen didn't exactly help herself, either, on Monday morning by saying, "We will not apologize for doing out job".

Members of the Methodist denomination have been outspoken in criticizing the "zero tolerance" enforcement.

"Parents who entered illegally are by definition criminals ... by entering our country illegally often in unsafe circumstances, illegal immigrants have put their children at risk", she stoutly insisted.

"The Democrats are forcing the breakup of families at the Border with their awful and cruel legislative agenda", Trump tweeted Friday.

"I say it's very strongly the Democrats' fault, their obstruction, they're really obstructionist and they're really obstructing", he said. This tweet comes in the midst of nationwide backlash against the separation of immigrant families and the virtual imprisonment of the children in special detention centers.

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Many others in Washington and around the country said the Trump White House is going too far.

She added that Nielsen was "lying to the American people", and that her "Standing up and lying for a racist is a horrid thing to watch", referring to the secretary on Instagram as "yet another Trump stooge" who is a "complete fumbling bumbling mess" engaging in "A HORROR SHOW" and ended the press briefing "full of lies".

But the measure has been harshly denounced by activists, religious leaders, elected Democrats and Republicans alike. "We operate according to some of the highest standards in the country".

Though she was not as explicit as the President in characterizing the policy as a negotiating tactic, Nielsen clearly linked the effort with the demands the administration has made on Congress, which include passing laws that even some Republicans don't support.

The audio, in which children are heard pleading for their parents and other family members, was published Monday by ProPublica in an article by Ginger Thompson.

Sen. Susan Collins, a moderate Republican from ME, said the policy is "inconsistent with our American values," adding that "we need to fix our immigration laws, but using children is not the answer".

Previously, families crossing the border together would normally be released into the USA with an order to appear in immigration court.

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