July 02, 2018

Washington Post: Senate Democrats seek information on family reunifications, call for briefings

Democratic senators want to know — in detail — how the government is trying to reunite migrant families separated after crossing the U.S.-Mexico border.

In a letter Monday, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and 10 colleagues asked federal officials for information that would reveal the progress of the reunification efforts. They asked for anonymized lists of all children and adults who were separated from family members at the border; how long they have been detained and where; and whether their family members have been successfully contacted.

“Since the President’s Executive Order was signed on June 20, 2018, the Administration has repeatedly indicated that families would be reunited,” the senators wrote to Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen.  “However, the hastily-signed order provided no clarity on how to reunify families, or how to handle families that have already been separated or new families that cross the border seeking asylum.”

Read the full story on The Washington Post website here.

By:  Elise Viebeck
Source: Washington Post