Protesters blast sounds of crying children outside home of DHS chief

Protesters gathered outside the home of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen NielsenKirstjen Michele NielsenHillicon Valley: Twitter falling short on pledge to verify primary candidates | Barr vows to make surveillance reforms after watchdog report | DHS cyber chief focused on 2020 Sen. Kennedy slams acting DHS secretary for lack of coronavirus answers The 'accidental director' on the front line of the fight for election security 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 SessionsDo people think ill of Jeff Sessions merely based on the sound of his voice? Appeals court rules Trump administration can withhold grants from 'sanctuary cities' GOP casts Sanders as 2020 boogeyman 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 TrumpTrump passes Pence a dangerous buck Overnight Health Care — Presented by American Health Care Association — Trump taps Pence to lead coronavirus response | Trump accuses Pelosi of trying to create panic | CDC confirms case of 'unknown' origin | Schumer wants .5 billion in emergency funds Trump nods at reputation as germaphobe during coronavirus briefing: 'I try to bail out as much as possible' after sneezes 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.