House Democrat accuses Nielsen of lying under oath to Congress

House Democrat accuses Nielsen of lying under oath to Congress
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Rep. Kathleen RiceKathleen Maura RiceHouse lawmakers to launch probe into DHS excluding NY from Trusted Traveler Program New York lawmaker spotted helping mother duck and ducklings cross busy street Minnesota AG Keith Ellison says racism is a bigger problem than police behavior; 21 states see uptick in cases amid efforts to reopen MORE (D-N.Y.) accused Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen NielsenKirstjen Michele NielsenTrump's acting ICE chief to leave post Trump's fight with city leaders escalates Neo-Nazi pleads guilty to 'swatting' Black church, Cabinet official, journalists MORE of lying to Congress under oath when Nielsen said she was unaware of any migrants deported without the chance to bring their children with them.

"This is a lie," she said of Nielsen's claim. "Lying to Congress under oath is a felony. The last person who did that is going to prison."

“Consistent with longstanding practice and the law, before we deport any alien after they have gone through the process and received a final order of removal, we do ask them if they would like to take their children with them,” Nielsen said.

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“There was no parent who has been deported, to my knowledge, without multiple opportunities to take their children with them,” she added. 

Administration officials in June acknowledged in court that 463 parents who were separated from their children ages 5 and older at the border were deported without their children. 

Officials asserted, however, that all of the parents chose to give up custody of their children. 

Nielsen testified before the House Homeland Security Committee on Wednesday. On that committee, Rice is the chairwoman of the Subcommittee on Border Security, Facilitation and Operations. 

Rice appeared to have alluded to former Trump attorney Michael CohenMichael Dean CohenOn The Money: Democratic leaders report 'some progress' in stimulus talks | Prosecutors hint at probe into 'possibly extensive and protracted criminal conduct at the Trump Organization' Prosecutors hint at probe into 'possibly extensive and protracted criminal conduct at the Trump Organization' Federal appeals court rejects Stormy Daniels libel case against Trump MORE in her tweet. Cohen, who testified before the House last week, has been convicted of lying to Congress and will soon go to prison. 

The Hill has reached out to the Department of Homeland Security for comment.