Lawmakers Ask for List of Children Separated from Families
WASHINGTON – June 3, 2018
A group of predominantly Democratic lawmakers have asked for an anonymous list of the 2,575 children separated from their families under the Trump administration's “zero tolerance” policy.
Eleven senators signed a letter asking the secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Alex Azar, and the Secretary of Homeland Security (DHS), Kristjen Nielsen to produce three lists with anonymous, yet specific information about each of the detainees.
The first list requested would contain information on the children who have been separated from their families by the policy. Lawmakers want to know when each child was detained, the number of days they have been separated from their families, and whether or not the Refugee Resettlement Office (ORR) has identified the adults from whom they were separated, as well as the minor's current status (still detained, deported or released).
The second list would contain the same categories of information in regards to the children's parents and adult family members.
The third list would link the two together.
In the text of the request, lawmakers also asked for a weekly briefing from DHS and HHS officials on the progress made to reunite the families that have been separated.
Among the senators who signed the letter are Elizabeth Warren, Bill Nelson, Bernie Sanders, Cory Booker and Richard Blumenthal: all Democrats.