Cummings Announces Hearing Next Week With Acting DHS and CBP Heads on Separation and Treatment of Immigrant Children

Jul 2, 2019
Press Release
Committee Also Launches Investigation of Offensive Posts on Secret Facebook Group

Washington, D.C. (July 2, 2019)—Today, Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, the Chairman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, announced that the Committee has invited Acting Secretary Kevin McAleenan from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Acting Commissioner Mark Morgan from U.S. Customs and Border protection (CBP) to testify on July 12, 2019,  regarding troubling new revelations about the Trump Administration’s family separation policy and harsh conditions at detention centers on the border.  

“The Trump Administration’s actions at the southern border are grotesque and dehumanizing,” Cummings said.  “There seems to be open contempt for the rule of law and for basic human decency.  The Committee needs to hear directly from the heads of these agencies as soon as possible in light of the almost daily reports of abuse and defiance.  I encourage Acting Secretary McAleenan and Acting Commissioner Morgan to appear voluntarily in order to answer these critical questions.”

The hearing will cover:

  • Reports of unaccompanied children—many of them separated from their families—in overcrowded and filthy conditions at Clint, Texas, and other facilities;


  • Racist, sexist, and xenophobic Facebook posts reportedly by current and former Border Patrol agents; and


  • A report issued this morning by the Department of Homeland Security Inspector General on “dangerous overcrowding” and “prolonged detention of children.”


Cummings first invited McAleenan and Morgan to testify last week, but neither has confirmed his attendance.

Today, Cummings also sent a letter to Facebook requesting information about reports that Border Patrol agents created a secret group to post racist, sexist, and xenophobic content relating to immigrants and Members of Congress.  Cummings expressed concern that the disturbing posts may violate CBP’s Standards of Conduct as well as Facebook’s Community Standards.

Click here to read the Committee’s latest letter to the Acting DHS Secretary.


Click here to read the letter to Facebook.


Click here to read the new report from the DHS Inspector General.


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