Administration to brief Senate panel on family reunifications

Administration to brief Senate panel on family reunifications
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Trump administration officials will brief a key Senate panel next week on efforts to reunify families separated at the U.S.–Mexico border. 

Sen. Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyKavanaugh returns questionnaire to Senate panel Sunk judicial pick spills over into Supreme Court fight Andrew Wheeler must reverse damage to American heartland MORE (R-Iowa) said Thursday that officials from the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will meet with members of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday.

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“As a constant and consistent supporter of congressional oversight and accountability, I want to ensure that all Members of this Committee have a meaningful opportunity to engage with Administration officials and receive detailed, specific answers to their questions and concerns,” Grassley wrote in a letter to Sen. Mazie HironoMazie Keiko HironoDem senator: Trump is acting like a Russian 'asset' Senators push to clear backlog in testing rape kits Unions aren’t a thing of the past. Unions are our future. MORE (D-Hawaii). 

Hirono led Democrats on the committee in requesting Grassley hold an oversight hearing on the separation of immigrant families.

The issue was thrust into the spotlight after the Trump administration implemented its “zero tolerance” policy that resulted in the separation of thousands of detained immigrant families. Under the policy, officials seek to immediately prosecute those found crossing into the U.S. illegally via the southern border.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpSchiff: Surveillance warrant docs show that Nunes memo 'misrepresented and distorted these applications' Chicago detention facility under investigation following allegations of abuse of migrant children Ex-Trump aide: Surveillance warrants are 'complete ignorance' and 'insanity' MORE signed an executive order halting migrant family separations after facing immense public backlash from both sides of the aisle.

The administration said Thursday that all eligible children under 5 years old who were separated from their parents under the policy have been reunited, two days after a court-mandated deadline. A federal judge in California had ordered the government to return all children ages 4 and younger to their parents by July 10.

The administration faces a July 26 deadline to reunite children ages 5 to 17.

HHS previously briefed Sens. Thom TillisThomas (Thom) Roland TillisKey GOP senator says ‘no question’ Russia is meddling in U.S. affairs GOP Senator: 'Very inappropriate' for Trump to discuss allowing Russia to question US citizens Anti-Trump protesters hold candlelight vigil by White House MORE (R-N.C.), Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzCruz: 'I'm glad' Disney fired James Gunn over 'horrible' tweets Washington needs to end hidden inflation tax on our capital gains GOP tax writer introduces bill to reduce capital gains taxes MORE (R-Texas), Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinSunk judicial pick spills over into Supreme Court fight Senate GOP breaks record on confirming Trump picks for key court Deal to fix family separations hits snag in the Senate MORE (D-Calif.) and Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinChicago detention facility under investigation following allegations of abuse of migrant children Senate approves resolution warning Trump not to hand over US officials Deal to fix family separations hits snag in the Senate MORE (D-Ill.), who are all members of the Judiciary Committee.

The four senators are trying to negotiate a bill to address how to handle the detention of families caught crossing the U.S.-Mexico border illegally.