US Senators Tom Udall (D-NM) and Martin Heinrich (D-NM) and U.S. Representative Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) and pushing the Trump administration for answers on what’s going on with detained migrant kids behind held in a Texas tent facility.
Here is the letter that Udall, Heinrich, and O’Rourke sent to HHS Secretary Alex Azar:
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The Senators and Rep. O’Rourke wrote:
We write to express our deep concern about [HHS’] expanded operations of the temporary facility for unaccompanied alien children (UAC) at Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Tornillo, Texas, Land Port of Entry (LPOE). Although HHS has reportedly reunited 2,070 of the total 2,608 children that were originally taken into ORR custody as a result of the Trump Administration’s reprehensible zero-tolerance policy, tens of thousands of children are still in ORR custody. These children and their families are often fleeing violence in their home countries and have likely experienced significant trauma. We believe that ORR should be working as quickly as possible to reunify every child separated as a result of the zero-tolerance policy and keep the number of UACs in custody to a minimum. HHS’s lack of transparency to Congress is unacceptable.
The Trump administration is planning on expanding their child detention operation, and they are refusing to be transparent with Congress or the American people. The facility that Trump is using for child detention costs three times more than a traditional shelter, but being fiscally responsible is not the point. Trump is out to terrify these kids and their parents. Donald Trump wants to jail these children. He doesn’t care if it scars and traumatizes them for life.
The news media has forgotten, but Democrats have not, and they are continuing to work to reunite innocent children wrongly taken with their parents.
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