(CNN) — California Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris on Monday called for the resignation of Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen as a result of immigration policy that has resulted in family separations at the US border.

“The government should be in the business of keeping families together, not tearing them apart,” Harris, a rising star in the Democratic Party, said in a statement. She added, “And the government should have a commitment to transparency and accountability. Under Secretary Nielsen’s tenure, the Department of Homeland Security has a track record of neither. As a result, she must resign.”

The Department of Homeland Security did not immediately return a request for comment on Harris’ resignation call.

Earlier on Monday, Nielsen defended the Trump administration’s immigration policy, saying, “We will not apologize for the job we do, or for the job law enforcement does for doing the job that the American people expect us to do.”

The Trump administration’s zero-tolerance policy at the border has resulted in thousands of family separations. The policy hasn’t deterred immigrants from trying to enter the country illegally, internal Department of Homeland Security documents obtained by CNN show Monday.

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Comments (3)
  1. Did you ask that of the DHS Secretary under Obama? Or Bush?

  2. The law was put in by a Democrat president Bill Clinton. Also Obama a Democrat president was was doing the same thing. Stop grand standing!

  3. A majority of those kids in custody were sent here ALONE with smugglers/coyotes by their own parents. There’s the child abuse for you… their own parents, not the US government.