"The atrocity of family separation on our southern border must go down in history as one of the most ruthless acts of the United States," she wrote in a statement abort. "I respectfully can not support Kirstjen Nielsen to have a voice among the most powerful and inspiring women in America. Your access to power is rightly over, "she wrote.
Nielsen was President of Homeland Security for President Trump from December 201
7 to April 2019 and is best known for implementing and subsequently defending the President's policy of separating migrant families.
According to Fortune Live Media's website, Nielsen of "PBS NewsHour" anchor Amna Nawaz in a panel entitled "The Hard Questions" (19659002) on "the horror of family separation, border security and much more" I have been monitoring Nielsen after her work as Minister of Homeland Security. One such organization, Credo Action, launched a widespread social media campaign last month to pressure the Atlantic to hold Nielsen out of his annual festival to which she had been invited. Nielsen finally announced that she would not attend the event.
Fortune, on the other hand, defended the former secretary's involvement in the summit.
"We believe that they are the most powerful women in the economy, which they are. Some of the world's most powerful women have strong views on how the US government has handled its immigration policy," said Alison Klooster, spokeswoman for Fortune, in a statement to HuffPost.
"We were looking for an opportunity to get the woman who was effectively responsible for [immigration] asking her public and on-stage difficult questions about this policy," she said. "We invited Amna Nawaz from PBS NewsHour to lead the interview with the clear understanding that this would be an unrestricted interview and that it would also be possible for our MPW members [Most Powerful Women] to ask questions. That's how we practice live journalism. "
Fortune's decision to defend his decision comes about, although other participants have withdrawn from the conference in recent days. Award-winning filmmaker and author Dream Hampton announced last week that they would not attend the event because Nielsen was featured. Hillary Clinton, the former United States Secretary of State, has also recently withdrawn from the event, even though she cited as a reason for her withdrawal scheduling conflicts, rather than Nielsen's presence, protesting Nielsen's house, in which they recorded a record of crying imprisoned children after they had been invited to speak at the Atlantic Festival in September. This protest occurred in 2018. The story has been updated.