DHS chief: Deported adults given 'multiple opportunities' to leave with children

DHS chief: Deported adults given 'multiple opportunities' to leave with children
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Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen NielsenKirstjen Michele NielsenTrump ICE director nominee called administration 'heartless' for forcing him out: report Acting DHS secretary threatened to quit after clashing with Miller: report Trump wants border wall black, pointed: report MORE told lawmakers Wednesday that all migrant parents deported from the U.S. have been given multiple opportunities to take their children with them.
 
Nielsen's comment while testifying before the House Homeland Security Committee came as she defended the Trump administration's policies that resulted in family separations at the southern border.
 
"There was no parent who has been deported, to my knowledge, without multiple opportunities to take their children with them," Nielsen said in response to a question by Homeland Security Committee Chairman Bennie ThompsonBennie Gordon ThompsonHillicon Valley: Trump takes flak for not joining anti-extremism pact | Phone carriers largely end sharing of location data | Huawei pushes back on ban | Florida lawmakers demand to learn counties hacked by Russians | Feds bust 0M cybercrime group Trump takes flak for not joining anti-extremism pact Huawei officials say they would 'welcome' US ban on tech posing national security risk MORE (D-Miss.).
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Nielsen said that parents set to be deported by the U.S. are asked by authorities whether they want to take their U.S. citizen children with them, and again by immigration judges who oversee their cases, many times in conjunction with nongovernmental organizations and the parents' home-country consular officers.
 
It's unclear how many parents have been deported without their children, something Democrats pressed the Trump administration official about during her testimony Wednesday.
 
Those separations generally occur when undocumented parents have U.S. citizen children who are not subject to deportation.