WATCH LIVE: DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen’s Testifies Before Congress Over Family Separations
Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen is testifying before the House Homeland Security Committee this afternoon regarding the Trump administration’s separation of families at the U.S.-Mexico border.
Committee Chair Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS) is led the questioning by telling Nielsen “lax oversight” will no longer be tolerated at DHS.
House Homeland Security Chairman Bennie Thompson today declared that the days of “lax oversight” of DHS by the Homeland Security Committee are “over.” Previously, Nielsen has said DHS does “not have a policy of separating families at the border. Period” — a claim that Thompson challenged.
“[Nielsen] was aware the Administration’s policy would require families to be separated,” Thompson stated. “No amount of verbal gymnastics will change that she knew the Trump Administration was implementing policy to separate families at the border.”
He also discussed the children who still haven’t been united with their families: “To make matters worse, the Administration bungled implementation of its cruel plan, losing track of children and even deporting parents to Central America without their children.”
“Today, the Secretary can choose whether to be complicit in this Administration’s misinformation campaign, or she can correct the record and start a serious discussion about the way forward on border security,” Thompson added.
Watch Nielsen’s testimony before Congress above, via Fox News.
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