Dem lawmaker calls on Nielsen to resign over ‘volume of lies’ about family separations

Dem lawmaker calls on Nielsen to resign over ‘volume of lies’ about family separations
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Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) late Monday joined a growing list of Democrats in calling for Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen NielsenKirstjen Michele NielsenEx-Trump official: 'No. 1 national security threat I've ever seen' is GOP Left-leaning group to track which companies hire former top Trump aides Rosenstein: Zero tolerance immigration policy 'never should have been proposed or implemented' MORE to resign over her defense of the separation of migrant families.

"This lie is the last straw. I join @KamalaHarris in calling on Secretary Nielsen to resign. It's not just that @SecNielsen has a policy of ripping children away from parents, it's her volume of lies about the new policy," Lieu tweeted.

"Her credibility has been shredded. Nielsen needs to go," he added.


Lieu's comments came after Nielsen fielded questions on the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy, which has led to the separation of thousands of migrant children from their parents.

She defended the policy and declared "Congress alone can fix it," even the practice resulted from an order from Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Lieu joined Democratic Sens. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisLive coverage: California voters to decide Newsom's fate Florida woman faces five years in prison for threatening to kill Harris Australia's COVID overreaction could come to US MORE (Calif.) and Mazie HironoMazie Keiko HironoSenate Democrats to Garland: 'It's time to end the federal death penalty' Democrats warn shrinking Biden's spending plan could backfire Hillicon Valley: Facebook tightens teen protections | FBI cautions against banning ransomware payments | Republicans probe White House-social media collaboration MORE (Hawaii) and House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiDemocrats hope Biden can flip Manchin and Sinema Overnight Hillicon Valley — Scrutiny over Instagram's impact on teens Democrats suffer blow on drug pricing as 3 moderates buck party MORE (D-Calif.) in calling on Nielsen to resign.

Democrats and Republicans alike have demanded that the Trump administration end the practice, which has separated migrant families at the border. Multiple lawmakers have crafted legislation to end it, though it's unclear if both parties can come to a consensus on a bill.