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Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro

Representing the 3rd District of Connecticut

DeLauro Statement on HHS Report Detailing Family Separation Costs

November 21, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC — Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) released the following statement regarding a new report to Congress from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on the Trump administration’s policy of family separation, as required by her amendment to the Fiscal Year 2019 Department of Health and Human Services Appropriations Act.

“This report on the status of reunifying children with their families and how much the Trump Administration’s government-sanctioned child abuse has cost taxpayers is the first step towards holding those responsible accountable. After months of requesting this information to no avail, we now know that this debacle has cost upwards of $80 million—more than $30,000 on average for every child that was separated from their family. That is outrageous, and the Administration never should have implemented such a cruel policy, much less shifted $80 million from critical programs such as Head Start, HIV/AIDS treatment, or cancer research to pay for it.”

“Still, there are many questions that remain. What is going to be the effect on the children whose parents were deported or made the tragic decision to waive reunification because they fear for their child’s safety in their home country? What exactly were the offenses of the 30 parents who are not eligible to be reunited? It has been at least seven months since the Trump administration began traumatizing thousands of families and they still have not fully resolved this tragedy. I will continue to press the Administration for answers over the coming days and in the new Congress.”

A full copy of the report can be found here.

DeLauro is the lead Democrat on the Appropriations subcommittee responsible for funding the Department of Health and Human Services.