Senator Smith calls for resignation of homeland security chief

Smith says Kirstjen Nielsen has lost credibility; Walz also wants her out

Susie Jones
June 19, 2018 - 11:29 am

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Minnesota US Senator Tina Smith is calling for the resignation of Homeland Security Secretary Kristen Nielson.

Appearing Tuesday morning on CNN, Smith said the secretary has lost her credibility after remarks made about the issue of separating children from their parents after crossing the US Mexico border illegally.

"What we have happening right now is we have parents bringing their children to our country seeking asylum, they're refugees escaping violence," said Smith. "Separating these children from their parents is unconscionable."

Smith said she has supported policies and legislation that enhance US security, while moving forward comprehensive immigration reform.

"The most important thing right now is that we have a crisis, we have a humanitarian crisis, and we can fix is right now," she said.

First District Congressman Tim Walz tweeted on Tuesday that Nielson has to go:

The administration is coming under increasingly heavy fire on Capitol Hill and elsewhere for the policy, which Trump says is required by law and can only be ended by Congress.

Lawmakers in both parties are up in arms over the administration's "zero-tolerance" approach to illegal border crossings.