Kamala Harris: Trump should send officials to testify on immigration policy separating migrant families

Kamala Harris: Trump should send officials to testify on immigration policy separating migrant families
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Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisJ.J. Abrams, Shonda Rhimes to host Kamala Harris fundraiser Warren, Klobuchar call on FTC to curtail use of non-compete clauses Pollster says 'it's certainly not looking good' for Trump ahead of 2020 MORE (D-Calif.) said on Saturday that the Trump administration should have its officials testify on what she dubbed “inhumane” immigration policies.

“This Administration's immigration policies are outrageous, cruel, and inhumane,” Harris tweeted. “Proactively working to break up immigrant families is putting these kids' lives in danger.”

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“We need to put a stop to this. Members of the Administration should come testify on this inhumane policy,” she continued.

The senator’s comments came hours after President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump mocks wind power: 'When the wind doesn't blow, just turn off the television' Pentagon investigator probing whether acting chief boosted former employer Boeing Trump blasts McCain, bemoans not getting 'thank you' for funeral MORE called for an end on Saturday to his administration's policy of separating migrant children from their parents at the U.S.–Mexico border.

Trump blamed Democrats for the policy his administration has been carrying out and reignited his call to build a border wall.

Earlier this month, Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsRosenstein still working at DOJ despite plans to leave in mid-March Juan Williams: Don't rule out impeaching Trump O'Rourke on impeachment: 2020 vote may be best way to 'resolve' Trump MORE and the head of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced a policy dictating that adults be prosecuted separately from their children when they arrive at the U.S. border seeking asylum.

“If you cross the border unlawfully, then we will prosecute you. It’s that simple,” Sessions said. “If you are smuggling a child, then we will prosecute you. And that child may be separated from you, as required by law.”

Harris also grilled Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen NielsenKirstjen Michele NielsenHillicon Valley: Nunes sues Twitter for 0 million | Trump links tech giants to 'Radical Left Democrats' | Facebook settles suits over ad discrimination | Dems want answers over spread of New Zealand shooting video Nielsen calls for greater public-private collaboration on cyber threats The Hill's Morning Report - Dems contemplate big election and court reforms MORE earlier this month for the administration's policy of separating families, questioning whether the policy was meant to deter illegal immigration.

Nielsen answered that she had not been directed to do so “for purposes of deterrence.”

"Senator Harris is well aware of the policy and its causes - it existed in the previous administration," a DHS official told The Hill.

On Saturday, Harris also tweeted a clip of the hearing where she questioned Nielsen about DHS's implementation of its immigration policy. 

"I demanded answers from DHS Secretary Nielsen about the Trump Administration's immoral policy of separating children from their parents at the border & ports of entry last week," Harris tweeted. "Her answers were beyond insufficient."