Protesters wake Kirstjen Nielsen with audio of detained children outside her house

Activists chanted "No justice, no sleep!" and held signs calling Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen a "child snatcher."

Protesters outside DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen's home on Friday blared audio of detained immigrant children crying for their parents. (CREDIT: Twitter, @Phil_Lewis_)
Protesters outside DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen's home on Friday blared audio of detained immigrant children crying for their parents. (CREDIT: Twitter, @Phil_Lewis_)

Activists targeted Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen’s home Friday morning, protesting her continued support of President Trump’s family separation policy for immigrants detained at the U.S.-Mexico border, about which Nielsen has repeatedly lied to the public.

The crowd of protesters blared audio published by ProPublica earlier in the week, which featured nearly a dozen children crying for their parents inside an immigrant detention center. Many held signs calling Nielsen a “Child Snatcher” and chanted “No justice, no sleep!” and “Free the children!”

Around 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time, Nielsen left her home out the rear exit, where a few other protesters were waiting. They shouted, “Shame!” and “You belong in the Hague! You’re a modern-day Nazi” as she drove off.

RawStory notes that neighbors peered out their windows, but nobody called the police to report a disturbance.

Friday’s protest follows an incident Tuesday night in which Nielsen was confronted by protesters while eating dinner at a Mexican restaurant. “If kids don’t eat in peace, you don’t eat in peace,” the protesters shouted, with several expressing gall that she would eat at a Mexican restaurant — of all places — after justifying the separation of families at the Mexican border.

In the end, the protesters chased Nielsen out of the restaurant.

Over the course of the week, several Democratic lawmakers, including Sens. Tammy Duckworth (IL), Kamala Harris (CA), Mazie Hirono (HI), and Jeff Merkley (OR), have called for Nielsen to resign over the child separation policy.

Nielsen, by contrast, has been basking in the praise she’s received from Trump over her enforcement of the practice.

White House senior adviser Stephen Miller, the architect of the administration’s “zero tolerance” policy that prompted the family separations, was also confronted at a Mexican restaurant Sunday night by a group of angry protesters. “Hey look guys, whoever thought we’d be in a restaurant with a real-life fascist begging [for] money for new cages?” one of the protesters shouted.


Conservatives, meanwhile, have appeared more upset by the protests than the administration’s policy of separating young children and infants from their families.

Nielsen has not publicly commented about the protests. A DHS spokesman described her dinner at the Mexican restaurant earlier in the week as a “work dinner” and claimed in a statement that “the secretary and her staff heard from a small group of protesters who share her concern with our current immigration laws that have created a crisis on our southern border.”