Senator Harris Calls for DHS Secretary Nielsen Resignation

Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., attends a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on 'Policy Response to Russian Interference in the 2016 U.S. Elections' on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, June 20, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., attends a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on ‘Policy Response to Russian Interference in the 2016 U.S. Elections’ on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, June 20, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

L.A. Focus is reporting that California’s Democratic Senator Kamala Harris is calling for the resignation of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen over the Trump Administration’s policies that led to migrant children being separated from their families at the border.

“The government should be in the business of keeping families together, not tearing them apart,” said Harris in a lengthy statement on Twitter.

 

 

 

 

 

Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced a “zero-tolerance” policy in April that calls for the prosecution of all who enter the U.S. illegally. It led to nearly 2,000 children being detained over six weeks and sparked bipartisan backlash led by Democrats. Nielsen defended the Trump administration’s immigration policy, saying, “We will not apologize for the job we do, or for the job law enforcement does for doing the job that the American people expect us to do.”

Harris has previously criticized the separation of undocumented children from their parents, calling it “human rights abuse” — and has frequently and famously butted heads with Nielsen and her predecessor John Kelly. Monday’s statement marks the first time the Democratic senator has called for the DHS secretary’s resignation.