Fourth Senate Dem calls for Nielsen to resign over family separation policy

Fourth Senate Dem calls for Nielsen to resign over family separation policy
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Sen. Tammy DuckworthLadda (Tammy) Tammy DuckworthWarren, Gillibrand ask Defense whether border deployments hurt troop readiness Overnight Energy: Bipartisan Senate group seeks more funding for carbon capture technology | Dems want documents on Interior pick's lobbying work | Officials push to produce more electric vehicle batteries in US Bipartisan senators want 'highest possible' funding for carbon capture technology MORE (D-Ill.) is calling for Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen NielsenKirstjen Michele NielsenOvernight Energy: Mueller report reveals Russian efforts to sow division over coal jobs | NYC passes sweeping climate bill likened to 'Green New Deal' | EPA official says agency may ban asbestos | Energy Dept. denies Perry planning exit The Hill's 12:30 Report: Inside the Mueller report Energy Dept denies report that Rick Perry is planning to leave Trump admin MORE to resign over the "zero tolerance" immigration policy that has resulted in family separations at the U.S.-Mexico border. 

"Secretary Nielsen has made it abundantly clear she lacks the integrity or judgement needed to lead the Department of Homeland Security. She has repeatedly lied to the American people and has been at the center of the Trump administration's most chaotic and reckless actions," Duckworth said in a statement. 

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Duckworth's call for Nielsen's resignation come as many Democratic and Republican lawmakers push legislation that would halt a Trump administration policy that has resulted in thousands of children being separated from their parents.

Nielsen has adamantly defended the policy, and argued that Americans should not believe the media's coverage of the issue. 

"From censoring the Office of Inspector General report detailing her role in the unlawful implementation of Trump's first Muslim travel ban, to enforcing a cruel and unnecessary Trump administration policy that traumatizes children by tearing them away from their parents and placing them in cages, Nielsen's actions have compromised her credibility, character and accountability," Duckworth said. "It is time for her to resign."

Democratic Sens. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisFive former Obama ambassadors back Buttigieg Harris: Integrity of US justice system 'took a real blow' with Barr's actions Sanders announces first endorsements in South Carolina MORE (Calif.), Mazie HironoMazie Keiko HironoHillicon Valley: Washington preps for Mueller report | Barr to hold Thursday presser | Lawmakers dive into AI ethics | FCC chair moves to block China Mobile | Dem bill targets 'digital divide' | Microsoft denies request for facial recognition tech Dems introduce bill to tackle 'digital divide' Overnight Energy: Collins receives more donations from Texas oil, gas industry than from Maine residents | Interior chief left meetings off schedule | Omar controversy jeopardizes Ocasio-Cortez trip to coal mine MORE (Hawaii) and Jeff MerkleyJeffrey (Jeff) Alan MerkleyOnly four Dem senators have endorsed 2020 candidates More than 30 Senate Dems ask Trump to reconsider Central American aid cuts Long-shot goal of nixing Electoral College picks up steam MORE (Ore.) called for Nielsen to resign earlier this week.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpImpeachment? Not so fast without missing element of criminal intent Feds say marijuana ties could prevent immigrants from getting US citizenship Trump approval drops to 2019 low after Mueller report's release: poll MORE has defended his DHS secretary, however.

"Homeland Security @SecNielsen did a fabulous job yesterday at the press conference explaining security at the border and for our country, while at the same time recommending changes to obsolete & nasty laws, which force family separation. We want “heart” and security in America!" he tweeted Tuesday night.