Protesters blast sounds of crying children outside home of DHS chief

Protesters gathered outside the home of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen NielsenKirstjen Michele NielsenWhite House backs Stephen Miller amid white nationalist allegations Top House Democrats ask for review of DHS appointments Chad Wolf becomes acting DHS secretary 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 SessionsWhite House backs Stephen Miller amid white nationalist allegations The Hill's Campaign Report: Late bids surprise 2020 Democratic field Sessions vows to 'work for' Trump endorsement 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 TrumpGOP divided over impeachment trial strategy Official testifies that Bolton had 'one-on-one meeting' with Trump over Ukraine aid Louisiana governor wins re-election 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.