‘Legacy of Tearing Innocent Families Apart’: Democrats Aren’t Sorry to See Sec. Nielsen Resign

Kirstjen Nielsen

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen‘s resignation on Sunday was welcome news to Democratic lawmakers who have long criticized Nielsen for her policies on immigration, especially the policy on family separation that many on the left bashed as “cruel” and “inhumane.”

President Donald Trump announced Nielsen’s departure via a tweet on Sunday, and Democrats jumped on the opportunity to get in their final thoughts on the DHS secretary’s impact.

“About time,” Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) tweeted after the news broke Sunday. “[Nielsen’s] legacy of tearing innocent families apart will follow her for the rest of her life—and she should be ashamed of the role she played.”

The 2020 presidential candidate reminded her followers that she was against Nielsen ever having the job in the first place.

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) called the family separation policy “inhumane.”

“It was long past time for her to go,” she tweeted Sunday.

Former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julián Castro called family separation “one of the cruelest immigration policies this nation has ever seen” and gave advice to the lawmakers who have the task of confirming the next DHS secretary.

“When a nominee is named, I call on senators to vote against anyone who doesn’t commit to treating asylum seekers humanely—including refusing to separate children from their parents,” he wrote.

Plenty of other Democratic lawmakers celebrated Neilsen’s departure. But many believed that Nielsen’s resignation won’t change how immigration policies go over in the Trump administration.

“What this country truly needs is a moral reset on immigration policies,” Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) tweeted Sunday. “We won’t get that in this administration.”

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) echoed this sentiment and pointed the finger at Trump for allowing the policy to happen in the first place.

“[A] change in personnel is pointless — the problem comes from the very top,” he tweeted.

The DHS has records of nearly 3,000 minors who were separated from their families under the “zero tolerance” policy of the Trump administration. However, as the New York Times reported in January, the total number could be thousands more, as the department didn’t keep tab of the separated migrant children until a court order.


  1. Guess I missed the part where #44 was also blamed for separating family members at his Detention Centers – like the one he operated in Tucson, AZ. Trump’s policy was more humane than #44’s where kids were forced to find crumbs on the floor for food, sleep on concrete floors, sometimes curled up around a toilet due to crowding. Guess #44’s policies were okay since he was masquerading as a D.

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