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 RiceMarijuana industry donations to lawmakers surge in 2019: analysis Pelosi backers feel vindicated after tumultuous stretch Democrat offers measure to prevent lawmakers from sleeping in their offices MORE (D-N.Y.) accused Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen NielsenKirstjen Michele NielsenDHS officials called lawmaker visit to migrant detention facility a 'Hill stunt' White House fires DHS general counsel Fox's Cavuto roasts Trump over criticism of network 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 CohenSenior HUD official reprimanded for making political statements on the job New York attorneys subpoena eight years of Trump tax returns: report Eric Holder says Trump is subject to prosecution after leaving office 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.