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Did Kirstjen Nielsen Lie to Congress about Family Separation? New Evidence Emerges.

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24.01.2019

In many ways, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen has been the face of family separation. When uproar over the program reached a peak in June, Nielsen took to the White House Briefing Room to defend the administration’s “zero tolerance” policy of prosecuting undocumented parents for illegal entry and taking away their children. One day later she was heckled out of a Mexican restaurant in Washington, D.C. by angry protesters.

At the same time, though, Nielsen has remained insistent that the U.S. government had no actual policy of purposefully separating families. Her position has always been that the separations were a side effect of the administration applying previously unenforced criminal immigration law.

When asked in that press briefing if family separation was intended as a deterrent, Nielsen responded unequivocally: “I find that offensive. No, because why would I ever create a policy that ever does that.”

Despite the facts—that thousands of children were forcibly taken from their parents at the border and multiple other administration officials praised the policy’s deterrent value—Nielsen has reiterated this position constantly.

“We do not have a policy of separating families at the border. Period,” Nielsen tweeted the day before that White House briefing.

In sworn Congressional testimony over the course of the past 10........

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