A growing number of lawmakers are calling on Kirstjen Nielsen to resign

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The Department of Homeland Security did not immediately return a request for comment on Harris' resignation call.

"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. Trump has placed blame for the policy on Democrats as recently as Friday, when he had an impromptu press conference outside the White House. "That's their law." Trump has said Democrats need to get behind Republican legislative efforts.

"Separating 3-year-olds from their parents at the border is not the way to stop the MS-13 gang", Stephen Yale-Loehr, Professor of Immigration Law Practice at Cornell Law School, tells Raw Story.

Nielsen engaged with a fired up press corps on Tuesday amidst a public outcry over Trump's "zero tolerance" policy that separates migrant children from their families at the southern border. The policy, set forth by Trump and implemented by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, has come under sharp criticism by lawmakers, advocates and the religious community. Under Secretary Nielsen's tenure, the Department of Homeland Security has a track record of neither.

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The D.C. chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America shared video on Facebook of activists booing and yelling at Nielsen, and calling on her to "abolish" U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

"As a member of the Homeland Security Committee of the United States Senate for the last 18 months, which has oversight of the Department of Homeland Security, I have asked Secretary Nielsen and other DHS officials to clarify each of these policies, because the American people deserve to know the truth".

"We have zero tolerance for your neglect and for your policy of selecting - of separating children from their parents", Pelosi said. ABC News' Marcus Moore, who visited the Rio Grand Valley centralized processing center in McAllen, Texas, on Sunday, said about 200 protesters had gathered outside the facility chanting "No estan solos", or "You are not alone".

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