Pelosi: GOP is 'complicit' in separating families

Pelosi: GOP is 'complicit' in separating families
© Greg Nash

House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiUSMCA is nice but no model Anti-impeachment Democrat poised to switch parties Grassley urges White House to help farmers in year-end tax talks MORE (D-Calif.) on Tuesday blasted Republicans in Congress, accusing the party of complicity with the Trump administration's “zero tolerance” policy separating undocumented parents from their children at the border.

In a statement, the top House Democrat said that Republicans could call on President TrumpDonald John TrumpRepublicans aim to avoid war with White House over impeachment strategy New York Times editorial board calls for Trump's impeachment Trump rips Michigan Rep. Dingell after Fox News appearance: 'Really pathetic!' MORE to end the policy at their White House meeting with the president Tuesday afternoon.

“Every day that Congressional Republicans allow the President to continue ripping children from their parents at the border is a stain on our nation," Pelosi wrote in a statement.

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"House Republicans could stop this outrageous practice in a heartbeat, if they showed the basic decency and humanity to demand that the President rescind his policy at their meeting with him today."

Pelosi's remarks follow her Monday visit to a detention facility in San Diego, after which she called on Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen NielsenKirstjen Michele NielsenTrump puts Kushner in charge of overseeing border wall construction: report Hillicon Valley: Google to limit political ad targeting | Senators scrutinize self-driving car safety | Trump to 'look at' Apple tariff exemption | Progressive lawmakers call for surveillance reforms | House panel advances telecom bills Minority lawmakers call out Google for hiring former Trump DHS official MORE to resign.

“This is not an immigration issue this is a humanitarian issue. It’s about the children,” Pelosi said following her visit.

Nielsen forcefully defended the policy and the White House's position on illegal immigration at a Monday White House press briefing, accusing Democrats and Congress of failing to act to solve the issue.

"This entire crisis, just to be clear, is not new," Nielsen said Monday. “Currently, it is the exclusive product of loopholes in our federal immigration laws that prevent illegal immigrant minors and family members from being detained and removed to their home countries."

“Congress and the courts created this system, and Congress alone can fix it,” she added.