Hispanic Caucus Demands Multi-Agency Examination of Trump’s Family Separation Policy
Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) leadership on Friday demanded that top federal agencies meet with the Caucus and discuss the Trump administration’s immigration policies as well as family separation and reunification efforts. CHC Chair Joaquín Castro (D-TX) led the letter asking officials from Homeland Security (DHS), the DOJ, Customs and Border Protection (CBP), ICE, and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to meet with them so members can seek answers all at once from all the agencies that carried out the administration’s family separation policy and identify the issues that remain. “There is a lack of a clear, comprehensive and complete examination of how DHS, HHS and DOJ coordinated to carry out the Trump administration’s family separation policy,” Castro wrote in a letter also signed by Representatives Rubén Gallego (D-AZ), Nanette Diaz Barragán (D-CA), Adriano Espaillat (D-NY), and Verónica Escobar (D-TX). “It is now clear that DHS and DOJ failed to properly communicate the launch of this harmful policy, DHS failed to track and identify all separated children and parents at the border, and HHS was given the arduous task of tracking and identifying as many separated children as possible.” The group touted that their caucus is a voice for Latino and immigrant communities for decades, and has introduced legislation that addresses many issues in America’s broken immigration system. “It is imperative that our members work with you to understand the full impact of this policy, and the progress in redressing its devastating impact on asylum seeking families.” The letter was sent to DHS Secretary Kristjen Nielsen, Attorney General William Barr, Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan, ICE Deputy Director Ronald Vitello, and Office of Refugee Resettlement Acting Director Jonathan Hayes. Read the full letter here.