Top Judiciary Dems call for unredacted 'zero tolerance' memo

Top Judiciary Dems call for unredacted 'zero tolerance' memo
© Greg Nash

The top Democrats on the House and Senate judiciary committees are calling on the Trump administration to turn over an unredacted copy of the memo it used to justify its controversial "zero-tolerance" policy of separating immigrant families caught crossing the border illegally.

In a letter sent Friday to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen NielsenKirstjen Michele NielsenFar-left bullies resort to harassing, shaming Kyrsten Sinema — it won't work Ex-Trump official: 'No. 1 national security threat I've ever seen' is GOP Left-leaning group to track which companies hire former top Trump aides MORE, Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinSenate GOP signals they'll help bail out Biden's Fed chair Jane Fonda to push for end to offshore oil drilling in California Overnight Health Care — Presented by The National Council on Mental Wellbeing — Merck asks FDA to authorize five-day COVID-19 treatment MORE (D-Calif.) and Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) said they had been made aware that Nielsen’s office received an internal memo on April 23 outlining options for how to prosecute more parents for immigration violations.

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Feinstein and Nadler said the memo stated that DHS could “permissibly direct the separation of parents” and included a footnote stating a full legal analysis of the family separation option was attached.

“The versions of this memo that are publicly available are heavily redacted or unsigned,” they wrote.

“The legal analysis justifying family separation included as an attachment to the memo is currently unavailable to the public.”

Feinstein and Nadler are asking DHS to turn over an unredacted copy of the signed memo and all attachments, including the legal analysis on family separation cited in footnote five.

They noted that the memo contradicts Nielsen's remarks to the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee in May, when she said DHS had no such separation policy.