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: 'I will not let Iran have nuclear weapons' Rocket attack hits Baghdad's Green Zone amid escalating tensions: reports Buttigieg on Trump tweets: 'I don't care' 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: EPA watchdog finds Pruitt spent 4K on 'excessive' travel | Agency defends Pruitt expenses | Lawmakers push EPA to recover money | Inslee proposes spending T for green jobs Dems request investigation of lobbyist-turned-EPA employee who met with former boss This week: House to vote on bill to ban LGBTQ discrimination MORE (D-Ore.), to Sen. Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyOvernight Defense: Trump rails against media coverage | Calls reporting on Iran tensions 'highly inaccurate' | GOP senator blocking Trump pick for Turkey ambassador | Defense bill markup next week Trump reaches deal to lift steel, aluminum tariffs on Mexico, Canada Top GOP senator blocking Trump's pick for Turkey ambassador 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.