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 GrassleyDem: 'Bulls---' to say GOP doing everything to contact Kavanaugh accuser Grassley wants unredacted version of letter from Kavanaugh's accuser Attorney for Kavanaugh accuser criticizes Senate panel's ‘rush to a hearing’ 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 HironoFord has no right to set conditions for Kavanaugh testimony Senate Dem blasts colleagues’ ‘callousness’ toward Kavanaugh accuser Blumenthal: Kavanaugh nomination should be withdrawn MORE (D-Hawaii).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 TrumpLondon terror suspect’s children told authorities he complained about Trump: inquiry The Memo: Tide turns on Kavanaugh Trump to nominate retiring lawmaker as head of trade agency 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 TillisTrump assures storm victims in Carolinas: 'We will be there 100 percent' North Carolina governor: We saw ‘significant damage’ in eastern part of state GOP senator on allegation against Kavanaugh: 'Why on Earth' wasn't it discussed earlier? MORE (R-N.C.), Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzSinger Leon Bridges to join Willie Nelson in performing at O’Rourke rally Election Countdown: Trump confident about midterms in Hill.TV interview | Kavanaugh controversy tests candidates | Sanders, Warren ponder if both can run | Super PACs spending big | Two states open general election voting Friday | Latest Senate polls Poll: Beto O'Rourke leads Cruz by 2 points in Texas Senate race MORE (R-Texas), Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinThe Memo: Tide turns on Kavanaugh Grassley wants unredacted version of letter from Kavanaugh's accuser Gillibrand: Kavanaugh accuser shouldn't participate in 'sham' hearing MORE (D-Calif.) and Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinGrassley to administration: You must consult Congress on refugee cap Overnight Health Care: Senators target surprise medical bills | Group looks to allow Medicaid funds for substance abuse programs | FDA launches anti-vaping campaign for teens Bipartisan group wants to lift Medicaid restriction on substance abuse treatment 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.