Chanting activists confront DHS secretary during dinner at Mexican restaurant

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Kamala Harris on Monday called for the resignation of Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen as a result of immigration policy that has resulted in family separations at the USA border. I have, since March of 2017, repeatedly asked for complete data on the number of children separated and what training and protocol exists for carrying out such separations. Jeff Merkley, who said Nielsen should 'absolutely, 100 per cent resign'. And the government should have a commitment to transparency and accountability. "Under Secretary Nielsen's tenure, the Department of Homeland Security has a track record of neither", Harris said.

Minnesota Sen. Tina Smith, a Democrat, also called for Nielsen's resignation in a tweet and statement originally posted on her Facebook page, saying she wanted to hold "this administration accountable" over the "plainly wrong" separation of children and Nielsen had "lost the credibility" needed to head the agency. It was reported last month that she was considering resigning after a lashing from Trump. "The Democrats have to change their law".

She said DHS was just doing its job, comparing the migrants and asylum seekers to criminals who are convicted and jailed in the US system.

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Nielsen and her agency have been intensely criticized over the "zero tolerance" policy to prosecute more people crossing the border illegally, which has led to thousands of children being separated from their families.

Nielsen said, 'This is not a controversial idea'. We give them meals and we give them education and we give them medical care. I visited the detention centers myself'.

"These are not normal times, because we have a president who lies every single day and he expects the people around him - he thrusts them forward as he did with Kirstjen Nielsen yesterday to lie for him", Hirono told reporters.

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