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Senator Jeff Merkley has obtained compelling evidence that President Trump’s Secretary of Homeland Security lied to the House Judiciary Committee about the administration’s brutal immigration policies, and he is demanding that the FBI open a perjury investigation into Kirstjen Nielsen claim that her department “never had a policy for family separation” at the US-Mexican border.

The Oregon Democrat’s bold move to hold a key member of Trump’s cabinet accountable for lying about the administration’s strategies and tactics at the border represents a dramatic development in the ongoing struggle between the executive and legislative branches of a federal government where immigration policy has become a dramatically divisive issue.

President Trump has shut down the government over a crisis we now know he deliberately created,” says Merkley, who cites a previously secret document created by senior officials with Trump’s Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Justice. “This document shows Trump Administration staffers plotting to create a humanitarian crisis at the border—criminalizing the search for asylum, tearing children from their parents’ arms, and expanding the lock-up of both parents and children.”

The specific accusation that Nielsen lied to Congress stems from an appearance she made before the Judiciary Committee on December 20, 2018, amid a global outcry over ongoing reports of separations at the border.

Nielsen was confronted by US Representative Luis Gutierrez (D-IL).

“It is as if you can’t see the reality of modern immigration or contributions of anyone who came from countries other than Norway or other parts of Europe. It’s as if you and the Trump administration are blind,” he said. “Shame on everybody that separates children and allows them to stay at the other side of the border fearing death, fearing hunger, fearing sickness. Shame on us for wearing our badge of Christianity during Christmas for allowing the secretary to come here and lie.” Read more

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