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 DuckworthDem support grows for allowing public funds to pay for abortions Danish legislator told she's 'not welcome' in Parliament after bringing baby to work Overnight Defense: Pentagon details 8 billion budget request | Officials defend boost for war fund | Armed Services chair aims to 'kill' Trump plan for low-yield nuke MORE (D-Ill.) is calling for Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen NielsenKirstjen Michele NielsenClinton calls for people to sign petition to help DACA recipient detained by ICE Hillicon Valley: Nunes sues Twitter for 0 million | Trump links tech giants to 'Radical Left Democrats' | Facebook settles suits over ad discrimination | Dems want answers over spread of New Zealand shooting video Nielsen calls for greater public-private collaboration on cyber threats 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 HarrisJam-packed primary poses a serious threat to Democrats in 2020 Pence hits 2020 Dems for skipping AIPAC Ex-GOP lawmaker Handel to run for her former Georgia seat in 2020 MORE (Calif.), Mazie HironoMazie Keiko HironoCitizens lose when partisans play politics with the federal judiciary Warren, Harris, Gillibrand back efforts to add justices to Supreme Court Liberal commentator: Trump's warning that supporters could play tough is a 'violent dog whistle' MORE (Hawaii) and Jeff MerkleyJeffrey (Jeff) Alan MerkleyOvernight Energy: Judge halts drilling on Wyoming public lands over climate change | Dems demand details on Interior's offshore drilling plans | Trump mocks wind power Dem senators demand offshore drilling info before Bernhardt confirmation hearing Business groups urge Congress to combat LGBTQ discrimination in workplace MORE (Ore.) called for Nielsen to resign earlier this week.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump: 'Haven't thought about' pardons for Mueller target Pence: Rocket attack 'proves that Hamas is not a partner for peace' Conservation remains a core conservative principle 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.