Democratic California Sen. Kamala Harris has called for the resignation of Homeland Security chief Kirstjen Nielsen Monday.
I’m calling on Kirstjen Nielsen to resign as Secretary of Homeland Security. Under her watch, our government has committed human rights abuses by breaking up families along the southern border. And she has failed to be accountable to and transparent with the American people.
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) June 18, 2018
“Under her watch, our government has committed human rights abuses by breaking up families along the southern border,” Harris wrote on Twitter. “And she has failed to be accountable to and transparent with the American people.”
Harris’ statement comes amid heated debate over whether the Trump administration should uphold a policy separating children from their parents who have entered the United States illegally.
Media critics have shifted blame on President Trump, accusing him of cruelty. But conditions at the southern border were similar during previous administrations. (RELATED: Democratic Rep. Admits The Child Migrant Crisis ‘Was Kept Very Quiet Under The Obama Administration’)
In a statement, Harris accused Secretary Nielsen of assisting President Trump’s “anti-immigrant agenda.”
“The leadership of [the Homeland Security department] has routinely failed to provide complete answers to questions from me and my colleagues.” Harris serves on the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.
The DHS’s “lack of transparency” and Nielsen’s “record of misleading statements” are “disqualifying,” Harris said. “We speak the truth. There is no law that says the Administration has to rip children from their families.”
Nielsen slammed the media on Twitter Sunday for inaccurate reporting: “There is no reason to break the law and illegally cross between ports of entry.”
This misreporting by Members, press & advocacy groups must stop. It is irresponsible and unproductive. As I have said many times before, if you are seeking asylum for your family, there is no reason to break the law and illegally cross between ports of entry.
— Sec. Kirstjen Nielsen (@SecNielsen) June 17, 2018