Dem slams Congress for taking recess despite migrant families still being separated

Dem slams Congress for taking recess despite migrant families still being separated

Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) on Friday chided Republicans for not taking up Democratic measures to reunite the thousands of migrant families that remain separated following President TrumpDonald John TrumpAlaska Republican Party cancels 2020 primary Ukrainian official denies Trump pressured president Trump goes after New York Times, Washington Post: 'They have gone totally CRAZY!!!!' MORE's "zero tolerance" border enforcement policy.

“We are soon going to be heading off into our July Fourth recess,” Lieu said on the House floor, referring to Congress's weeklong break.

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“As we sit here today, there’s still thousands of babies and kids ripped away from their parents by Trump’s child separation policy that have not been reunited."

Lieu said it is "evil and shameful" that no Democratic bill has been brought to the floor to address the crisis.

“Have a nice vacation,” he added.

 

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Lieu's statement comes more than a week after Trump signed an executive order to end his administration's practice of separating families at the U.S.-Mexico border.

The administration's zero tolerance policy resulted in more than 2,000 children being separated from their parents while the adults face prosecution for illegally crossing the border.

It remains unclear how the administration intends to reunite every family that has been separated. Democratic lawmakers continue to press Trump Cabinet officials about the policy.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced last weekend that it knew the location of every child separated from their parents. But it did not offer any details about how it intends to reunify families.

Earlier this week, U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw issued a ruling ordering the Trump administration to reunify all immigrant children under the age of 5 with their parents within two weeks, and all children age 5 and older within 30 days. 

Trump's zero tolerance policy is also being challenged by a group of 18 Democratic attorneys general, who filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration over the policy.