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 TrumpGOP senators balk at lengthy impeachment trial Warren goes local in race to build 2020 movement 2020 Democrats make play for veterans' votes 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 MerkleySenate committee advances budget reform plan Harris proposes keeping schools open for 10 hours a day Overnight Energy: Dems ask Trump UN ambassador to recuse from Paris climate dealings | Green group sues agencies for records on climate science | Dem wants answers on Keystone oil spill MORE (D-Ore.), to Sen. Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleySpeaker Pelosi, it's time to throw American innovators a lifeline Barr: Inspector general's report on alleged FISA abuses 'imminent' Pelosi aide hopeful White House will support drug-pricing bill despite criticism 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.