Kamala Harris: Homeland Security Secretary Nielsen Should Resign

Elias Hubbard
June 19, 2018

She tweeted on Sunday that the DHS doesn't "have a policy of separating families at the border".

But images and videos across social media as well as a plethora of well-reported stories have offered substantial evidence to the contrary, relaying stories and even showing tent cities created for undocumented children separated from their families.

"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", she told the National Sheriffs' Association.

Former first lady Laura Bush wrote a scathing op-ed in the Washington Post Sunday excoriating the policy as "cruel" and "immoral".

Fox News has always been accused of parroting messages from President Donald Trump, Indeed, the network's top-rated host Sean Hannity reportedly speaks with Trump by phone regularly, to the extent that some administration officials have labeled him the "unofficial chief of staff".

We truly live in the worst, darkest timeline. However, Kirstjen Nielsen, Trump's Department of Homeland Security secretary, says the administration has no such policy.

"It amounts essentially to state-sponsored child abuse that is traumatizing young children by taking them away from their parents, not letting them know when they're going to see their parents again, keeping them in conditions that we wouldn't want any of our children in", Castro said in an interview outside the border patrol center.

The DHS secretary added, "if you are seeking asylum for your family, there is no reason to break the law and illegally cross between ports of entry".

In April, Sessions announced that anyone found trying to cross the border illegally would be met with "the full prosecutorial powers of the Department of Justice", meaning that parents crossing with children would be detained and their children placed in USA custody.

White House officials are unable to cite any part of US law that dictates the separations, which were initiated in April after Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced "zero tolerance" for unlawful border crossings.

The DHS secretary says the separations are warranted in cases where the parents have broken US law by entering the country illegally - and that what her agency is doing is no different from how the government treats parents who break any other laws.

The policy, set forth by Trump and implemented by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, has come under sharp criticism by lawmakers, advocates and the religious community.

Senate Appropriations Chairman Richard C. Shelby of Alabama and Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee Chairwoman Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia are scheduled to meet with President Donald Trump on Monday at the White House, a day before Capito's panel marks up its draft fiscal 2019 spending bill.

"I appreciate the need to enforce and protect our global boundaries, but this zero-tolerance policy is cruel", she said.

While Nielsen is technically correct - there's no statute explicitly calling for families to be forcibly separated - it has been the practical and direct outcome of this zero-tolerance policy.

"If you cross the border unlawfully. we will prosecute you", Sessions said at the time.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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