Calif. AG seeks info on family separation policy

Calif. AG seeks info on family separation policy
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California’s attorney general wants the Trump administration to turn over records about the enactment of its “zero tolerance” immigration policy.

Attorney General Xavier BecerraXavier BecerraOvernight Energy: US greenhouse gas emissions fell in Trump's first year | EPA delays decision on science rule | Trump scolds California over wildfires EPA puts science ‘transparency’ rule on back burner Public charge rule is a cruel attack on children MORE filed a Freedom of Information Act request Wednesday, asking the departments of Justice, Homeland Security and Health and Human Services to turn over communications involving former Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Tom PriceThomas (Tom) Edmunds PriceGOP on timing of Haley’s announcement: 'Unusual' and 'odd' Watchdog calls for investigation into Haley flights White House officials discussing potential replacements for FEMA chief: report MORE, current HHS Secretary Alex Azar, as well as other senior officials.

Becerra said he wants information about how the administration considered the effects of the “zero tolerance” policy on children’s mental and physical wellbeing. Under the since-rescinded policy, parents crossing the southern border illegally were detained, and sometimes even deported, without their children.

Becerra cited HHS official Jonathan White’s testimony at a recent congressional hearing, where White said he warned administration officials about any policy involving family separations.

“Last week’s Congressional hearing shows that this President and his Administration received warnings about the impacts of the family separation policy and still acted. We must have answers and accountability,” Becerra said in a statement.

Becerra is one of the 18 Democratic attorneys general suing the Trump administration over its family separation policy.