New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker expressed shock when the Department of Homeland Security secretary admitted she had never before met with a Dreamer.
Booker said he was “astonished” when he heard Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen admit during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Tuesday that she had never interacted with a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) recipient, at least during her tenure in DHS.
“Astonishing. The head of the department overseeing immigration enforcement has admitted, under oath, that she has not met with any Dreamer,” Booker said of the secretary’s response to his questioning.
Booker, when questioning the secretary, called the dilemma over what to do about the 800,000 DACA recipients “a profound moral issue in our country.”
“Many of these children do not even have memories of their home country and now in our nation they are doing things that are extraordinary. In my state, we have DACA recipients, Dreamers, who are servants in the military,” Booker said, before asking Nielson “you’ve met Dreamers, yes?”
“I have not met with DACA recipients as Secretary of Homeland Security, no sir,” Nielson said.
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