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Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro

Representing the 3rd District of Connecticut

DeLauro Statement on Trump Administration’s Failure to Locate Deported Parents of Separated Children

August 3, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC (August 3, 2018) – Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) today released the following statement after the Trump administration argued in court that the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) should take the lead on locating deported parents who have been separated from their children due to the Trump administration’s zero-tolerance policy.

“The Trump administration’s argument that it should be up to the ACLU to find parents who have been separated from their children and deported is astonishingly cruel. President Trump and his administration instituted this policy of state-sanctioned child abuse, and they need to take full responsibility for fixing it instead of passing the buck and pointing fingers.”

“Moreover, Congress should be holding the administration accountable every single day that they fail to reunite these families. That is why one of my amendments to this year’s funding bill for HHS—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. This crisis is not over, and Congress must use every available avenue to pressure the administration to work with the urgency this situation requires.”

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