Schumer calls for Trump administration to appoint 'czar' to oversee family reunification

Schumer calls for Trump administration to appoint 'czar' to oversee family reunification
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Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerLewandowski on potential NH Senate run: If I run, 'I'm going to win' Appropriators warn White House against clawing back foreign aid Colorado candidates vying to take on Gardner warn Hickenlooper they won't back down MORE (D-N.Y.) called on the Trump administration on Sunday to appoint a "czar" to oversee the reunification of migrant families separated at the southern border.

"The Trump ‘zero-tolerance’ immigration policy has left many with zero confidence in the admin’s ability to quickly reunite children w/ their parents. The admin should appoint a Czar to break thru the bureaucracy & get these kids out of limbo & back in their parents arms," Schumer tweeted.

The Department of Homeland Security said Sunday morning that it has located all of the more than 2,000 migrant children in its custody who were separated from their parents as a result of the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy.


The agency provided information on how parents can go about locating a separated child, but did not provide a timeline for when families might be reunited.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump pushes back on recent polling data, says internal numbers are 'strongest we've had so far' Illinois state lawmaker apologizes for photos depicting mock assassination of Trump Scaramucci assembling team of former Cabinet members to speak out against Trump MORE signed an executive order last Wednesday halting the practice of family separation. The rare reversal came after he and administration officials, for days, said only Congress could address the issue.

The Trump administration has faced overwhelming bipartisan backlash over migrant family separations, which were a direct result of the administration's policy. Democrats and Republicans alike have called family separations “cruel” and “inhumane.”

Schumer last week dismissed a legislative proposal backed by Republican leaders to keep immigrant families together at the border. He sought to keep the focus on Trump, saying he could address the issue unilaterally.

Once Trump did act, Schumer called on the administration to begin reuniting families immediately.