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Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro

Representing the 3rd District of Connecticut

DeLauro Statement on Holding Trump Administration Accountable for the Ongoing Family Separation Crisis

August 2, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC (August 2, 2018)Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) today released the following statement in regard to the Trump administration missing yesterday’s deadline to reunite children with their families.

“Months after President Trump and his administration began separating children from their parents, grandparents, aunts, and uncles at the border—a policy of government-sanctioned child abuse—the crisis is still ongoing. According to the latest reports, the parents of more than 400 separated children have been deported rather than reunited with their children. And more than 500 kids in total still have not been reunited. That is unacceptable.”

“To date, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has yet to present Congress with their plan for reuniting all of these families. That is why one of my amendments to this year’s funding bill for the department—an amendment that passed on a bipartisan basis—cuts the HHS Office of the Secretary’s budget $100,000 every day starting today, if enacted, until every single child is reunited with their parent or other family member. The Trump administration’s inaction has enormous consequences on these kids’ lives, so it is more than fair that they share some of that burden. I urge Speaker Ryan and Senate Majority Leader McConnell to act immediately to pass this amendment into law and hold the Trump administration accountable for this horrific chapter in our nation’s history.”

DeLauro is the lead Democrat on the Appropriations Subcommittee responsible for funding the Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor, and Education.