Senate Dems call for Judiciary hearing on Trump's 'zero tolerance'

Senate Dems call for Judiciary hearing on Trump's 'zero tolerance'
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Senate Democrats are requesting that the Senate Judiciary Committee hold a hearing on the administration's "zero tolerance" policy in the wake of President TrumpDonald John TrumpGillibrand urges opposition to Kavanaugh: Fight for abortion rights 'is now or never' Trump claims tariffs on foreign nations will rescue US steel industry: report Bannon announces pro-Trump movie, operation team ahead of midterms: report MORE's executive order ending the separation of families at the border. 

Democrats on Thursday sent a letter, spearheaded by Sen. Jeff MerkleyJeffrey (Jeff) Alan MerkleyBipartisanship alive and well, protecting critical infrastructure Overnight Defense: Senate sends 7B annual defense bill to Trump's desk | US sanctions Turkish officials over detained pastor | Korean War remains headed to Hawaii | Senators reassure allies on NATO support Dem strategist: It's 'far-left thinking' to call for Nielsen's resignation MORE (D-Ore.), to Sen. Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyGillibrand urges opposition to Kavanaugh: Fight for abortion rights 'is now or never' National Archives distances itself from Bush team on Kavanaugh documents Overnight Health Care: Lawsuit challenges Arkansas Medicaid work requirements | CVS program targets high-cost drugs | Google parent invests in ObamaCare startup Oscar MORE (R-Iowa), the chairman of the panel, requesting the hearing. 

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"In addition to definitive accounting of the number of children rendered unaccompanied by the 'Zero Tolerance' policy, the Senate must seek answers from the administration on the standards of care including staffing ratios, credentials for contractors, and background checks," the Democratic senators wrote. 

The senators added that "this cruel treatment of children and families arriving to the United States demands immediate and direct Congressional oversight."

Trump signed an executive order on Wednesday that directed immigrant families detained along the U.S.-Mexico border be kept together "where appropriate and consistent with law and available resources." 

The policy decision came after Trump's "zero tolerance" policies led to the separation of immigrant children from their family members. 

Democrats, however, have blasted the executive order arguing it could lead to the long-term detention of children and provides no indication that already separated children will be reunited with their families.