Dem lawmakers accuse DHS, HHS of giving them misleading information on family separations

 Dem lawmakers accuse DHS, HHS of giving them misleading information on family separations
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Sen. Jacky RosenJacklyn (Jacky) Sheryl RosenUS lawmakers call on EU to label entire Hezbollah a terrorist organization The Hill's Coronavirus Report: Mnuchin sees 'strong likelihood' of another relief package; Warner says some businesses 'may not come back' at The Hill's Advancing America's Economy summit The Hill's Coronavirus Report: CDC Director Redfield responds to Navarro criticism; Mnuchin and Powell brief Senate panel MORE (D-Nev.) and Rep. Salud Carbajal (D-Calif.) sent a letter Thursday to leaders of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) accusing the agencies of giving them "misleading information" on family separations in 2018. 

The two wrote in their letter that agency officials told them that they had the necessary information to reunite separated migrant families after the administrations "systematic and intentional separation."

“We are appalled at recent news reports and internal documents showing that officials at DHS and HHS knew they did not have enough information to reunite families successfully,” the lawmakers wrote. 

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They requested the answers by May 17 to several questions about family separations, including whether they continue to occur and whether officials purposefully gave misleading information about the separations.

Administration officials said in emails published earlier this month by NBC News that they had no way to reunite the families

The Hill has reached out to DHS and HHS for comment. 

The administration halted its family separation policy in June after it came under bipartisan scrutiny. As many as 55 separated children separated are still in HHS custody, according to NBC.