A crowd of protesters denouncing the Trump administration's “zero-tolerance” immigration policy reportedly gathered outside the residence of Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen Friday morning.
According to Newsweek, the group carried signs depicting Nielsen with the words “Child snatcher” and played audio recordings of crying migrant children being separated from their parents, which was recently published by ProPublica.
Holding signs that read “Child snatcher” and “2,300 children ripped from their families, no plan to reunite them,” protesters chanted “No justice, no sleep!” and “Free the kids!”
The audio of crying children that protesters played came from inside a U.S. Customs and Border Patrol facility and was obtained by ProPublica. At one point in the recording, a border patrol agent can be heard saying, “Well, we have an orchestra here. What’s missing is a conductor.”
The protest occurred just days after Nielsen was confronted inside a Washington DC restaurant:
She was forced to leave a Mexican restaurant in Washington, D.C. on June 19 after protesters heckled her inside the restaurant. They shouted “abolish ICE” and chanted “shame” as she attempted to have dinner. The group that orchestrated the protest, the Democratic Socialists of America, said it was ironic that Nielsen was in a Mexican restaurant.