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Reps. Roybal-Allard & DeLauro Promise Congressional Oversight Following Trump Administration Family Separation Report

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Washington, January 17, 2019 | Ben Soskin ((202) 225-1766) | comments
Today, Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-40), Chair-designate of the Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee, and Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03), Chair-designate of the Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Subcommittee, released the following statements in response to the new Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the Inspector General report on the Trump Administration’s family separation policy.

“Today's report sheds horrifying new light on the Trump Administration’s massive effort to tear apart migrant families,” said Congresswoman Roybal-Allard.  “It reveals heartlessness and carelessness on a level even beyond what we had known.  Not only did this Administration take thousands more children away from their parents – it failed to keep information about the total number and current status of children separated from their parents or guardians.  That’s unconscionable and inexcusable.  When Republicans controlled the House, President Trump may have thought he could get away with this cruelty and incompetence.  But those days are over.  As top Democrat on the DHS Appropriations Subcommittee, I’m going to keep working with our new House Majority to hold the President accountable for this human tragedy.  I will fight for an immigration system that keeps families together and treats all migrants with the dignity they deserve.”

“Today’s report on the Trump administration’s family separation program is infuriating,” said Congresswoman DeLauro.  “It is clear the Department of Health and Human Services did not have a clue as to how to reunite the children they were cruelly separating at President Trump’s insistence.  They cannot even tell us how many children they separated.  This is government-sanctioned child abuse, and the whole ordeal is a stain on our nation and our values.  I refuse to let the Trump administration get away with this without conducting vigorous Congressional oversight.  As Chair of the Appropriations Subcommittee responsible for funding HHS—the Department entrusted with taking care of these kids—I am committed to using every oversight tool available to the legislative branch to get to the bottom of this and to make sure it never happens again.”

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