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 DuckworthConcerns grow over China's Taiwan plans China conducts amphibious landing drill near Taiwan after senators' visit US, Taiwan to discuss trade, investments, Blinken says MORE (D-Ill.) is calling for Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen NielsenKirstjen Michele NielsenLeft-leaning group to track which companies hire former top Trump aides Rosenstein: Zero tolerance immigration policy 'never should have been proposed or implemented' House Republican condemns anti-Trump celebrities during impeachment hearing 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. 


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 HarrisHarris highlights COVID-19 vaccination safety, efficacy in SC event to kick off tour Kamala Harris is still not ready for primetime (much less 2024) Lara Trump calls on Americans at border to 'arm up and get guns and be ready' MORE (Calif.), Mazie HironoMazie Keiko HironoDemocrats mull overhaul of sweeping election bill White House gets back to pre-COVID-19 normality Biden signs anti-Asian hate crimes bill into law MORE (Hawaii) and Jeff MerkleyJeff MerkleyDemocrats mull overhaul of sweeping election bill Chicago police officer arrested for role in Capitol riot Democrats reintroduce bill to create 'millionaires surtax' MORE (Ore.) called for Nielsen to resign earlier this week.

President TrumpDonald TrumpDOJ asks Supreme Court to revive Boston Marathon bomber death sentence, in break with Biden vow Biden looking to build momentum for Putin meeting DOJ tells media execs that reporters were not targets of investigations 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.