These days, people who work in the government as president after president passes through have a dilemma. Should they try to be true to the moral and integrity they brought to their jobs and protest Trump’s administration separating babies, infants, and children from their mothers? That option could well end them in the unemployment line.
It turned out, one of the people at a Mexican restaurant who heckled Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen works in the Department of Justice (DOJ). Allison Hrabar is a self-described member of the Democratic Socialists of America.
She admitted that she was in the group shouting “how do you sleep at night?” and “shame!” as Nielsen tried to eat her meal at the MXDC Cocina Mexicana restaurant. Hrabar told The New York Post:
‘It feels really good to confront people who are actually responsible, which is what we have a unique opportunity to do in D.C.’
Hrabar was on her own personal time when the event occurred, and this was a matter of free speech, which the First Amendment protects. She said she works as a paralegal specialist at the DOJ.
However, Federal Hatch Act investigators opened a complaint file on Hrabar. The U.S. Office of Special Counsel has also assigned the case a number and an attorney to investigate her. The Special Counsel oversees government employees illegally politicking.
The DOJ employee urged other government employees to express their dissatisfaction any time the see a member of the Trump administration, should they disagree with Trump’s policies:
‘If you see these people in public, you should remind them that they shouldn’t have peace. We aren’t the only ones who can do this. Anyone who sees Kirstjen Nielsen at dinner, anyone who sees anyone who works at DHS and I.C.E. (Immigration and Customs Enforcement – under Homeland Security) at dinner can confront them like this, and that’s what we hope this will inspire people to do.’
The confrontation with Nielsen occurred after the man sitting in the Oval Office’s Homeland Security administrator defended his “Zero Tolerance” immigration plan to separate children from their parents as a “deterrent.” This administration has snatched at least 2,300 infants, toddlers, and children and sent them to black sites.
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