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WATCH: Protesters Chase Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen Out of Mexican Restaurant

Protesters tied to the Washington, D.C. area chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America heckled Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen out of a Mexican restaurant on Tuesday over her role in separating migrant families at the border.

The protesters chanted “shame!” and “abolish ICE!” at Nielsen while she sat at a restaurant table surrounded by security. As can be seen in the video posted to Twitter below, Nielson eventually left the restaurant:

The irony of Nielsen eating at MXDC Cocina Mexicana Restaurant while simultaneously being responsible for the break up of Hispanic families was not lost on the protesters, as one shouted “[she is] in a Mexican restaurant, of all places!”

The DSA chapter responsible for the protest released a statement on their Facebook page explaining the incident:

“We will not stand by and let Secretary Nielsen dine in peace, while she is directing her employees to tear little girls away from their mothers and crying boys away from their fathers at our border. Secretary Nielsen and everyone else who has carried out these brutal and cold-blooded orders to rip apart families should never be allowed to eat and drink in public again. These barbarous acts must end and those at the helm must be held accountable. While Secretary Nielsen’s dinner may have been ruined, it is nothing compared to the horrors she has inflicted on innocent families.”

Nielsen has faced widespread criticism for her role in the border controversy, which led to President Donald Trump tweeting his support for the secretary:

Watch above, via Twitter.

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