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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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: Kushner accused of using WhatsApp, personal email for official work | White House rejects request for Trump-Putin communications | Facebook left 'hundreds of millions' of passwords unsecured | Tech pressured to root out extremism Lawmakers urge tech to root out extremism after New Zealand Hillicon 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 MORE (D-Miss.).
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.