Mazie Hirono Asks GOP for Hearing on Separated Kids
Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI) is urging Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) to convene an oversight hearing on family separation and the Trump administration’s plan to reunite immigrant children with their parents. She, along with eight Senate Democrats, penned a letter to Grassley following a call with Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar that Hirono says left them deeply troubled with an utter lack of preparedness. “The purpose of the call appeared to be for the Secretary to congratulate himself and the Administration for what a good job that the Department of Health and Human Services is doing,” the lawmakers wrote. “This is particularly troubling given that reportedly children as young as 3 months old, who are unable to speak, have been separated from their parents under the Administration’s zero-tolerance policy.” The Trump administration claimed Thursday it had reunited the bulk of the youngest migrant children separated from their parents at the border. Just 57 kids under the age of five have been reunited with their parents with the administration deeming the remaining 46 children under five “ineligible” for reunification with their parents. More here.