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Protesters disrupt Kirstjen Nielsen's dinner at a Mexican restaurant, of all places

Johnny Lieu

If you're behind the separation of Latino families at the U.S. border, maybe dining at a Mexican restaurant isn't the wisest of ideas.

Department of Homeland Security secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, berated in recent days for claiming the agency does "not have a policy of separating families at the border," was dining at Washington D.C.'s MXDC restaurant on Tuesday night when protesters showed up.

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In a video posted by Metro D.C. Democratic Socialists of America on Facebook, a group chanted "shame" at Nielsen, and told her "if kids don't eat in peace, you don't eat in peace."

Nielsen eventually left the restaurant, accompanied by an entourage.

Metro DSA later issued a statement on the protest via Facebook.

“We will not stand by and let Secretary Nielsen dine in peace, while she is directing her employees to tear little girls away from their mothers and crying boys away from their fathers at our border," Margaret McLaughlin, a member of the Metro DC Democratic Socialists of America Steering Committee, said.

"Secretary Nielsen and everyone else who has carried out these brutal and cold-blooded orders to rip apart families should never be allowed to eat and drink in public again. 

"These barbarous acts must end and those at the helm must be held accountable. While Secretary Nielsen’s dinner may have been ruined, it is nothing compared to the horrors she has inflicted on innocent families."

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