'Handmaids' protest Vice President Pence and DHS Secretary Nielsen in NYC

- Vice President Mike Pence and Homeland Security Secretary Kristen Nielsen were in New York on Tuesday. Their presence drew dozens of protesters, including some dresses like characters from the dystopian book and TV series "The Handmaid's Tale."

Two protests were held outside the Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House, where Pence and Nielsen were attending the Department of Homeland Security's National Cybersecurity Summit.

The New York Civil Liberties Union protested Trump's immigration policies, especially the separation of families at the southern border. The protesters chanted and held signs with photos of Nielsen and the word "Shame." They blame her for the separation of children from their parents.

NYCLU's Andrea Herrera called on Nielsen to reunite the children and their parents now. More than 700 children still haven't been returned to their parent.

DHS said that all children "eligible" to be reunited with the parents have been. The rest of the children's parents either have been deported or face criminal charges.

About an hour later, more than a dozen women showed up dressed in red cloaks like in "The Handmaid's Tale." They are part of an organization called RefuseFascism.org. Protester Sunsara Taylor called the Trump administration a "regime that has vowed to remove a woman's right to abortion and birth control" and has used Bible quotes to justify detaining children in cages at the border.

The Refuse Fascism group dresses up in red cloaks at various protests. Members held a similar rally last week in Philadelphia. They say they will continue to do the same where Pence and Nielsen go.

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