Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen on Tuesday defended an agency policy that will result in more families being separated at the border, saying, under a barrage of questions at a Senate hearing, that similar separations happen in the U.S. "every day".
Harris opposes the policy, in which illegal alien adults are detained and children are placed in the custody of the Department of Health and Human Services while the adult's case is adjudicated.
She particularly pointed to asylum fraud, which has been thrust back into the spotlight in recent weeks with dozens of migrants arriving at the U.S. -Mexico border seeking asylum and entry into the country.
"I have not resigned", she said in response to reporters' questions as she left a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing on Tuesday, according to Politico.
She added that they have also pushed the Senate to pass Kate's Law, which would increase penalties for criminals who have been deported who illegally return to the U.S. The bill passed in the House last summer.
Under sometimes heated questioning from California Sen.
Harris was very concerned with the policy of detaining parents, causing separation from their children. "We owe it to these children to protect them". House to get election security briefing It's not personal, it's just business: A non-partisan solution for our unauthorized immigrants MORE on Tuesday for the administration's policy of separating kids from their parents.
Last month, HHS officials acknowledged that federal officials lost track of nearly 1,500 migrant children in 2017 after they were placed with adult sponsors in communities across the nation.
HHS operates more than 100 shelters across the nation for children seized at the border. Right now there's a capacity for 10,000 children on this military base.
Nielsen testified days after The New York Times reported that Trump blasted her at a cabinet meeting last week for failing to stop illegal border crossings. Nielsen later released a statement saying she shared the president's frustrations. "I share his frustration".