It's "past time" for Department of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen to resign her post after her lack of action concerning the Mexican border, Rep. Victoria Escobar said Monday.
"This is an administration led obviously by the president that only knows how to use government to create chaos and to create problems instead of solving problems," the Texas Democrat told MSNBC's "Morning Joe," and he has installed as his secretary of the Department of Homeland Security someone also deeply uninterested in addressing or solving any of our great challenges and who instead wants to be his head cheerleader for cruelty."
Escobar said she held back on calling for Nielsen's resignation after the deaths of two children in U.S. custody, but last week, the DHS was "corralling families, thousands of children" behind fencing in El Paso, Texas.
"Kids, moms, parents, families were sleeping in the dirt on the ground in a way that is worse than how we treat animals in this country," said Escobar. "They were corralled off with chain-link fencing with concertina wire above it, as if these are people who are trying to escape and not families who arrived at our doorstep seeking help."
If President Donald Trump's administration was "truly interested" in stemming the flow of Central American families to the United States, he'd act as the Obama administration did, as it sent then-Vice President Joe Biden to visit and hold accountable presidents from Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala, said Escobar.
"It was a combination of investment and accountability, she said. "Once this administration was sworn in the accountability ended and now we're seeing the investment end as well and we wonder why there are more people rushing to our front doorstep."
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