Protesters blast sounds of crying children outside home of DHS chief

Protesters gathered outside the home of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen NielsenKirstjen Michele NielsenOn The Money: Shutdown Day 26 | Pelosi calls on Trump to delay State of the Union | Cites 'security concerns' | DHS chief says they can handle security | Waters lays out agenda | Senate rejects effort to block Trump on Russia sanctions Pelosi pulls State of the Union surprise on Trump Overnight Defense: Four Americans killed in Syria suicide attack | State of the Union becomes latest shutdown flashpoint | Missile defense review on track for Thursday release MORE on Friday morning, playing audio of crying migrant children who have been separated from their parents after crossing the U.S.-Mexico border.

HuffPost editor Philip Lewis posted a video on Twitter showing protesters from the progressive group Credo Action outside of Nielsen’s townhome in Alexandria, Va., at 7:30 a.m. 

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Protesters carried signs with Nielsen’s face on them, labeling her a “child snatcher” over the administration’s previous policy of separating migrant children from their parents.

 

The group also reportedly chanting “No justice, no sleep” and “Free the kids."

The secretary was at her home when the protests started, and she had to walk past the angry group to leave, HuffPost reported. 

Nielsen was driven out of a Mexican restaurant in Washington, D.C., earlier this week by protesters.

Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsBudowsky: Senate must protect Mueller from Barr, President Trump Feinstein grappling with vote on AG nominee Barr Central American women fleeing domestic violence deserve refugee status MORE instructed Justice officials earlier this year to aggressively prosecute people who cross the southern border illegally.

The policy led to more than 2,000 children being separated from their families during criminal proceedings.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpPentagon update to missile defense doctrine will explore space-base technologies, lasers to counter threats Giuliani: 'I never said there was no collusion' between the Trump campaign and Russia Former congressmen, RNC members appointed to Trump administration roles MORE gave in to bipartisan pressure on Wednesday and signed an executive order to halt the “zero tolerance” immigration policy.

Nielsen, however, has been facing calls from at least four Senate Democrats to resign.

Trump has defended his secretary, saying Tuesday night that Nielsen did a "fabulous job" explaining security measure during a press conference.