The Trump Administration’s Child Separation Policy:Substantiated Allegations of Mistreatment

Friday, July 12, 2019 - 10:00am
2154 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515
“The Trump Administration’s Child Separation Policy: Substantiated Allegations of Mistreatment”


Between April 2018 and June 2018, the Trump Administration separated at least 2,800 children from their parents at the southern border under the “zero tolerance” policy that Attorney General Jeff Sessions instituted in April 2018 and a related policy that DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen instituted a few weeks later to refer all parents who made unauthorized border crossings for prosecution. In January 2019, the Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services issued a report finding that the Trump Administration may have separated “thousands” of additional children before the zero tolerance policy went into effect.  In addition, the Trump Administration recently admitted to separating an additional 700 children from their parents at the border after June 2018. Recent reports have identified deteriorating conditions in border facilities where children are being detained. For example, reports from the Inspector General of the Department of Homeland Security have highlighted overcrowded, unhealthy, and unsafe conditions in these facilities, and they have warned that these issues need to be addressed immediately to mitigate health and safety risks. Other recent reports have raised concerns about racist, sexist, and xenophobic views expressed by some Border Patrol officers regarding detained immigrants through a secret Facebook group. 



The Honorable Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) 
Member of Congress

The Honorable Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) 
Member of Congress

The Honorable Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) 
Member of Congress

The Honorable Veronica Escobar (D-TX) 
Member of Congress

Ms. Jennifer L. Costello
Acting Inspector General, Department of Homeland Security

Mr. Thomas D. Homan
Former Acting Director, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Ms. Ann Maxwell
Asst.Inspector General for Evaluation and Inspections, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Ms. Elora Mukherjee
Director, Immigrants' Rights Clinic, Columbia Law School

Ms. Jennifer Nagda
Policy Director, Young Center for Immigrant Children's Rights


116th Congress