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 TrumpTrump fires intelligence community inspector general who flagged Ukraine whistleblower complaint Trump organization has laid off over 1000 employees due to pandemic: report Trump invokes Defense Production Act to prevent export of surgical masks, gloves 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 MerkleyOvernight Energy: Oil giants meet with Trump at White House | Interior extends tenure of controversial land management chief | Oil prices tick up on hopes of Russia-Saudi deal Oil giants meet at White House amid talk of buying strategic reserves Democrats ask EPA, Interior to pause rulemaking amid coronavirus MORE (D-Ore.), to Sen. Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyLawmakers press IRS to get coronavirus checks to seniors Pelosi floats undoing SALT deduction cap in next coronavirus bill Democrats eye additional relief checks for coronavirus 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.