The House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee will hold a hearing this Thursday on the Trump administration’s child-separation policy.
“It has been more than eight months since the Trump Administration’s cruel Family Separation Policy first came to light, shocking the nation with images of children who had been torn apart from their parents,” said Rep. Diana DeGette (D-CO), the panel’s chair.
The hearing will occur exactly three weeks after the Office of Inspector General of Health and Human Services released a report that found there may have been thousands more children separated from their families at the border.
Between April 19 and May 31 last year more than 2,600 unauthorized immigrant children were separated from their parents as part of the Trump administration’s “zero-tolerance” immigration policy. Under pressure from his own party, and extreme public backlash, President Donald Trump in June signed an executive order reversing the policy.
HHS Secretary Alex Azar won’t testify at the hearing.
In a letter to Azar, DeGette wrote, “We are concerned that instead of prioritizing what is in the best interest of the children in HHS’s custody, you have allowed your agency to be turned into a mechanism for immigration enforcement.”
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