Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen was seated at a table at a Mexican restaurant in Downtown D.C. this Tuesday evening, but she was soon confronted by protesters angry over her defense of Trump’s policy of separating families at the U.S.-Mexico border.
Interrupting her meal, protesters shouted, “Shame!” and “If kids don’t eat in peace, you don’t eat in peace!” as Nielsen tried her best to ignore them. Eventually, she left the restaurant.
We’re in downtown DC disrupting DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen’s dinner at MXDC. The irony isn’t lost on us that this is a Mexican restaurant. Nielsen has led the program to tear apart familes. We are here to tell her to put an end to separating families, to step down as head of the department, and that ICE and CBP must be abolished #abolishICE #abolishCBP
Posted by Metro D.C. Democratic Socialists of America on Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Nielsen has become the face of Trump’s “zero-tolerance” policy after she repeatedly defended the practice in public, inviting the ire of immigration advocates. In an op-ed for CNN, Arick Wierson called on Nielsen to resign.
“…I, like many Americans, watched in horror as Nielsen, now our nation’s Department of Homeland Security secretary, attempted to defend the indefensible at Monday’s evening press briefing aimed at defusing the swelling chorus of voices shocked by the images and sounds of children — some just a few months old — being torn from their parents’ arms by US border security officials,” Wierson wrote.
The people who heckled Nielsen on Tuesday were from a group called Metro D.C. Democratic Socialists of America.
“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,” Margaret McLaughlin, a member of Metro DC DSA’s steering committee, said in a statement.
“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.”
DHS Secretary Nielsen just got driven out of a Mexican restaurant here on 14th Street by activists. DSA, I believe. pic.twitter.com/lTKutryXBO
— Osita Nwanevu (@OsitaNwanevu) June 20, 2018
“Kirstjen Nielsen will lock up your kids, no hesitation,” one of the activists says in a Facebook Live video. “Remember what her face looks like.”
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