Protestors Play Cries of Detained Migrant Children in Front Of Kirstjen Nielsen’s Home
On Friday, protestors gathered outside the home of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen to blast the recorded cries of detained migrant children.
The group stood in front of Nielsen’s residence in Alexandria, Virginia chanting “Free the Children” to protest Nielsen’s support of President Donald Trump’s zero-tolerance immigration policy.
This morning, CREDO activists and our allies gathered to protest outside “child snatcher” Kirstjen Nielsen’s northern Virginia home and demand her resignation. #EndFamilySeparation #FreeOurFuture pic.twitter.com/OuUfzR1F8D
— CREDO Mobile (@CREDOMobile) June 22, 2018
The DHS secretary has recently become the target of criticism following Monday’s White House press briefing in which she unapologetically defended the administration’s immigration policy despite the ongoing separation of families at the time.
At 7:30am, protestors stood in the pouring rain and held signs calling the secretary a “Child Snatcher.” Meanwhile, their speaker wailed with the harrowing cries and desperate pleas of young children detained at a U.S Customs and Border Protection Facility. The protest was organized by progressive group CREDO Action following the audio clip’s release by ProPublica.
Nielsen later fled her home to the sound of protestors shouting “Shame!”, one even going so far as to call the secretary a “modern-day Nazi.”
The demonstration happens just days after Nielsen was driven out of a Mexican restaurant by protesters with the Metro DC Democratic Socialists of America.
According to co-director of CREDO Action, Heidi Hess, the goal of the protests is to hold politicians like Nielsen more accountable for their actions.
“A lot of attention has been on the border, and rightly so, on the children and the families and the detention centers there, but I think the thing that we know is that the people that are making the decisions resulting those detention centers are here in D.C. We feel like it’s really important to hold them accountable everywhere.”
Despite the president’s recent executive order ending the separation of immigrant families, the threat still looms. On Thursday, California Congressman Adam Schiff tweeted that Nielsen had privately told lawmakers that the Trump administration’s family separation practice could resume.
Secretary Nielsen privately told lawmakers the Administration may go back to separating children from their parents. Congress must ensure that NEVER happens. I’m urging the House Appropriations Committee to prevent funds from ever being used to separate families entering the US: pic.twitter.com/JzZu58AUOf
— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) June 21, 2018