Stepping up at the White House press briefing in Sarah Sanders' place, apparently because the press secretary didn't want to face questions on the administration's catastrophic policy, Nielsen lied, twisted the truth and deflected to avoid taking any responsibility, on her own behalf or on behalf of the administration, for the policy being implemented.
Late on Sunday, Nielsen tweeted: "We do not have a policy of separating families at the border".
President Donald Trump's administration has repeatedly denied that its policy is to separate children from their parents when they cross the U.S. border illegally, but its own internal documents contradict that.
According to NPR, despite Secretary Nielsen's claims, the Department of Homeland Security announced last week that around 2,000 children have been taken from their families and placed in detention centers in the past six weeks.
He added, "We don't have to prosecute them, but then we're not prosecuting them for coming in illegally". Host Steve Doocy compared the situation to children being taken away from parents who committed a bank robbery. "We didn't separate them", said Cecilia Muñoz, who was a policy adviser to Obama.
She claimed "misinformation" was being spread about the policy, which is that all people caught crossing the border illegally are prosecuted and thus families are separated. Asked if the recordings, along with pictures and more that have emerged in recent days, are an unintended effect of the administration's approach, she said, "I think that they reflect the focus of those who post such pictures and narratives". "We provide food, medical, education, and all needs that the child requests".
Pakistani Taliban chief Mullah Fazlullah 'killed in drone strike'
The Pakistani Taliban, whose Urdu name is Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan, or TTP, has also threatened attacks against the USA homeland. Fazlullah was known as a hardliner who broadcast fiery sermons and hard-line ideology via an extremist radio station.
Statistics obtained by news media suggest that thousands more migrant families may have been separated by the Trump administration even prior to this new policy.
The Department of Homeland Security published a "Myth vs. Fact" document in an attempt to cool the political firestorm around its family separation policy - but it deliberately avoided mentioning its new zero-tolerance policy that is behind the scandal.
Nielsen said agents are not acting cruelly, but are enforcing the laws passed by Congress. "We do not want adults to bring children into this country unlawfully, placing them at risk", he said.
Nielsen acknowledged, though, that the administration's border policy had changed. "This must stop." While Trump defended saying the USA will not be a migrant camp on his watch. That is correct. But under US protocol, if parents are jailed, their children are separated from them because the children aren't charged with a crime.
"The ports of entry for those seeking asylum have been blocked", he said.
She hoped lawmakers from both parties can agree on immigration reform, in what was a rare public statement on a policy issue from the president's wife. Is this the best way to handle families entering the US illegally, seeking asylum? "This administration has a simple message - If you cross the border illegally, we will prosecute you".