Press Release ● Immigration
For Immediate Release: 
October 2, 2018
Contact Info: 
Mariel Saez 202-225-3130
WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today on the Department of Homeland Security Inspector General's report, which revealed that the Trump Administration violated federal law in implementing its inhumane family separation policy:

“The Inspector General’s report released yesterday reveals an Administration that callously placed politics ahead of children’s lives and well-being.  It is unconscionable that the Trump Administration violated federal law by detaining 860 children, who had been forcibly separated from their parents, in holding cells without beds or basic hygiene for more than three days.  One child was even held in such a way for nearly a month.  These children were, frankly, treated like animals in pens, a tragic chapter in the history of our country that will not be forgotten by future generations who will look back on it with shame.

“The Trump Administration has yet to account fully for the children who have been taken from their families.  It is incumbent upon the President and Secretary of Homeland Security to follow the laws and the directives of our courts by returning these minors to the care of their parents or guardians.  I appreciate the Congressional Hispanic Caucus’s leadership on this issue and its Members’ request for a meeting with the Office of Refugee Resettlement to obtain answers on what the Administration is doing to remedy this crisis.  The Congress ought to use its oversight responsibility to get to the bottom of this poorly conceived, immorally implemented, and haphazardly executed policy.”