Sec. Kirstjen Nielsen Screamed at Restaurant Over Immigration Policy


One of the most ardent defenders of President Trump's "zero-tolerance" policy toward immigration had a tough time getting dinner Tuesday night after a group of protesters relentlessly heckled Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen as she was eating at a Washington D.C. Mexican restaurant. 

The Metro DC Democratic Socialists of America streamed the protest live on Facebook as they chanted slogans and hurled loaded questions toward Nielsen who has become one of the central figures in the Trump administration's defense of their handling of illegal immigrants seeking asylum in this country. 

The group trolled Nielsen as she ate, shouting things like, "You’re eating a Mexican dinner as you’re deporting tens of thousands of people separated from their parents," and "No borders, no walls, sanctuary for all."

Members of the group also asked Sec. Nielsen if she had heard the audio published by ProPublica that purported to be a recording of immigrant children crying and begging for their parents.

"Have you listened to it? Have you heard the babies crying? Do you hear them crying?" they ask. During a press briefing on Monday, Nielsen was asked similar questions about the audio, and she deflected at the time.

"I have not seen something that came out today, but I've been to detention centers and again I would reference you to our standards and reference you to the care provided not just by the Department of Homeland Security, but by the Department of Health and Human Services when they get to HHS," she said Monday.

In a statement released by the Metro DC Democratic Socialists of America, member Margaret McLaughlin said that members of the administration would "never be allowed to eat and drink in public again." 

"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," said McLaughlin. "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."

Trump announced Wednesday morning that he was considering an executive order to end the current practice separating children from their parents. 

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