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 TrumpEsper sidesteps question on whether he aligns more with Mattis or Trump Warren embraces Thiel label: 'Good' As tensions escalate, US must intensify pressure on Iran and the IAEA 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 Democrat releasing book on Trump admin's treatment of migrants at border Sunday shows - Amash, immigration dominate Merkley on delaying endorsement: 'We have a different set of cards this time' MORE (D-Ore.), to Sen. Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyThe peculiar priorities of Adam Schiff Advocates frustrated over pace of drug price reform Trump drug pricing setbacks put pressure on Congress 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.