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Murray Statement on Trump Administration Missing Court-Ordered Deadline for Family Reunification: Democrats Will Keep This Administration’s Feet to the Fire

WASHINGTON, D.C.Today U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, which has jurisdiction over the Department of Health and Human Services where the Office of Refugee Resettlement is housed, issued the following statement on the Trump Administration’s failure to meet a court-ordered deadline for reunifying children younger than five separated from their parents under President Trump’s “zero-tolerance” immigration policy.


“Children and parents separated under President Trump’s heartless policies have already waited far too long to be reunited.


“It is completely unacceptable that the Trump Administration continues to be unable to fully answer simple questions about whether families are still being separated at the border, how children are being cared for, and when every child and his or her parents will be brought back together.


“Make no mistake, Democrats are going to keep this Administration’s feet to the fire until they bring every family back together and drop this cruel effort completely.”