Oversight Committee Examines IG Report on Trump Administration’s Policy of Separating Immigrant Children from Their Families
“It was a disaster from start to finish.”
Washington, D.C. (Feb. 4, 2021)—Today, Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, the Chairwoman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, held a hearing with Michael E. Horowitz, the Inspector General of the Department of Justice (DOJ), to examine his recent report on the Trump Administration’s immigrant child separation policy.
“This report makes clear that the Trump Administration compounded the harm of this policy through incompetence,” Chairwoman Maloney said in her opening statement. “They recklessly disregarded the objections of experts and failed to coordinate among agencies to track these kids. They ignored obvious warnings from an earlier pilot program that experienced many of the same problems. It was a disaster from start to finish.”
Attorney General Sessions and his top advisors misled key DOJ officials and other agencies about the purpose and implications of the child separation policy.
Trump Administration officials made “no effort to change the policy” once child separations were underway, even after being confronted with evidence of the trauma they caused.
Democratic Members demanded accountability and justice for families.