Lou Correa Asks If Agencies Are Capable of Reuniting Children with Their Parents
Congressman Lou Correa (D-CA) led 122 of his colleagues in writing to the Inspectors General of the Departments of Homeland Security (DHS) and Health and Human Services (HHS) requesting immediate investigations into whether the Departments have records capable of reuniting children with their parents to ensure the Departments can put families back together. Correa said, “We need to know exactly how much information DHS and HHS have if we are to have any hope of reuniting 2,300+ children with their parents. As a father, I cannot imagine the terror and pain these families must be experiencing. This administration took these children. They must be held accountable for reuniting them with their families.” DHS said in a statement late Saturday that ICE has “dedicated the Port Isabel Service Processing Center as the primary family reunification and removal center for adults in their custody.” However, Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) visited the facility and said there were no reunifications to report. A jointly issued statement by DHS and HHS said ICE will implement a system for tracking separated family members and reuniting them before their deportation as a unit. See Correa’s letter here.