Trump appointee who oversaw refugee children office to leave administration

Scott Lloyd, a Trump appointee who oversaw refugee children at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), is leaving the administration, the agency announced on Wednesday.

His last day will be June 7. The agency said Lloyd has a job lined up outside the administration but did not name his future employer.

Lloyd served as director of the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) for a year and a half, but left that post in November for another job within HHS.

{mosads}He is best known for his role in the administration’s short-lived “zero tolerance” immigration policy that resulted in thousands of migrant children being separated from their families at the U.S.-Mexico border.

ORR took custody of those children, but the agency faced criticism for its slow reunification efforts. Some children remain separated from their parents.

In February, Lloyd acknowledged to the House Judiciary Committee that he did not tell his superiors that separating children from families could have lasting health consequences.

Democrats and abortion-rights groups were outraged that Lloyd had blocked pregnant migrant minors from getting abortions while in ORR custody. Lloyd, who was an anti-abortion advocate before joining the agency, personally denied seven requests for abortions in 2017, including for a minor who had been raped.

A federal court last year ordered the administration to stop blocking migrant minors in its custody from getting abortions.

Democrats also accused Lloyd of being unqualified for his position.

Before joining the agency, he was an attorney for the Knights of Columbus, a Catholic fraternal and charitable organization.

Since November, Lloyd has served as a senior adviser to the HHS Center for Faith and Opportunity Initiatives.


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