Dems call for investigation into DOJ's role in family separation policy

Dems call for investigation into DOJ's role in family separation policy
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Senate Democrats are calling on Department of Justice (DOJ) Inspector General Michael Horowitz to investigate the agency’s role in separating families at the southern border.

Senate Democratic Whip Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinCongress unlikely to reach deal on Trump border bill before break Democrats want White House hopefuls to cool it on Biden attacks Overnight Health Care: Trump officials defend changes to family planning program | Senators unveil bipartisan package on health costs | Democrats pass T spending bill with HHS funds MORE (D-Ill.) led the letter, signed by 30 of his colleagues, including independent Sens. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill's Morning Report - Crunch time arrives for 2020 Dems with debates on deck The Memo: All eyes on faltering Biden ahead of first debate Progressive group launches campaign to identify voters who switch to Warren MORE (Vt.) and Angus KingAngus Stanley KingSenator takes spontaneous roadtrip with strangers after canceled flight On The Money: Economy adds 75K jobs in May | GOP senator warns tariffs will wipe out tax cuts | Trump says 'good chance' of deal with Mexico Trump administration appeals ruling that blocked offshore Arctic drilling MORE (Maine), and sent to Horowitz on Thursday.

“The Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General and the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General are conducting reviews of the zero-tolerance policy, and the Department of Justice should also face scrutiny for its integral role in initiating and executing the zero-tolerance policy,” the letter says.

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“Therefore we urge you to immediately launch an investigation of the Department’s role in this humanitarian crisis.”

The senators expressed concern about Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsTrump: Appointing Sessions was my biggest mistake Nikki Haley blasts Roy Moore's Senate bid: 'He does not represent our Republican Party' Time magazine: Trump threatened reporter with prison time MORE' call for U.S. Attorney’s offices to immediately adopt the policy and request additional resources if needed.

“The American people deserve an accounting of these resources and an examination of the public-safety and budgetary impact of the zero-tolerance policy,” they said. “For example, resources were reportedly diverted from federal drug-smuggling cases to handle immigration charges under the zero-tolerance policy.”

The letter comes the day of a court-ordered deadline for the administration to reunite all eligible families. A federal district court judge said earlier this week that the administration is on track to meet the deadline.