DHS: Protesters who confronted Nielsen at restaurant ‘share her concern’ about current immigration laws

DHS: Protesters who confronted Nielsen at restaurant ‘share her concern’ about current immigration laws

A Department of Homeland Security spokesman said that the protesters who confronted DHS Secretary Kirstjen NielsenKirstjen Michele NielsenThe Hill's Morning Report — Ford, Kavanaugh to testify Thursday as another accuser comes forward FEMA head to reimburse government for use of federal vehicles: report US to prioritize attacks against foreign adversaries under new cyber strategy MORE Tuesday evening at a Washington, D.C. restaurant "share her concern" over the "current immigration laws that have created a crisis" at the southern border.

“While having a work dinner tonight, the Secretary and her staff heard from a small group of protestors who share her concern with our current immigration laws that have created a crisis on our southern border,” DHS spokesperson Tyler Q. Houlton wrote on Twitter.

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“.@SecNielsen encourages all - including this group - who want to see an immigration system that works, contributes to our economy, protects our security, & reflects our values reach out to Members & seek their support to close immigration loopholes that made our system a mess,” Houlton added. 

The Democratic Socialists of America’s Washington, D.C. chapter confronted Nielsen while she dined at a Mexican restaurant. The protesters chanted "shame" and “end Texas concentration camps" a the Cabinet official.

Several Democratic lawmakers have called on Nielsen to resign in the face of the ongoing controversy unfolding over the administration's "zero tolerance" immigration policy, which has resulted in the separations of migrant children from their families.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse Republican threatens to push for Rosenstein impeachment unless he testifies Judge suggests Trump’s tweet about Stormy Daniels was ‘hyperbole’ not defamation Rosenstein faces Trump showdown MORE, however, has praised the DHS secretary.

In a tweet on Tuesday, the president praised Nielsen for her appearance at a White House press briefing one day earlier, when Nielsen took questions from reporters about the crisis at the border.

Trump also said he wants to see "heart" in an immigration proposal.