Administration to brief Senate panel on family reunifications

Trump administration officials will brief a key Senate panel next week on efforts to reunify families separated at the U.S.–Mexico border. 

Sen. Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyOn The Money — Sponsored by Prudential — Trump angers GOP, businesses with new tariffs | Liberals see Kavanaugh as mortal threat to consumer bureau | Lawmakers pitch family leave plans Grassley: Trump tariffs on China have been ‘very detrimental’ to Iowa The Hill’s Morning Report — Dems attack, but know they don’t have the votes on Kavanaugh MORE (R-Iowa) said Thursday that officials from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will meet with members of the Senate Judiciary Committee on July 17.

“As a constant and consistent supporter of congressional oversight and accountability, I want to ensure that all Members of this Committee have a meaningful opportunity to engage with Administration officials and receive detailed, specific answers to their questions and concerns,” Grassley wrote in a letter to Sen. Mazie HironoMazie Keiko HironoLawmakers press Trump admin for list of migrant kids separated from families Protesters arrested during #WomenDisobey demonstration at Senate office building Overnight Defense: VA pick breezes through confirmation hearing | House votes to move on defense bill negotiations | Senate bill would set ‘stringent’ oversight on North Korea talks MORE (D-Hawaii). 

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Hirono led Democrats on the committee in requesting Grassley hold an oversight hearing on the separation of immigrant families.

The issue was thrust into the spotlight after the Trump administration implemented its “zero tolerance” policy that resulted in the separation of thousands of detained immigrant families. Under the policy, officials seek to prosecute those found crossing into the U.S. illegally via the southern border.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpEx-Russia ambassador: Trump has done more damage to NATO in months than Russia has in decades Trump takes credit for increased defense spending by NATO allies, but says ‘it isn’t nearly enough’ Trump questions how Russia probe can ‘proceed’ given FBI agent’s private comments MORE signed an executive order halting migrant family separations after facing immense public backlash from both sides of the aisle.

The administration said Thursday that all eligible children under 5 years old who were separated from their parents under the policy have been reunited, two days after a court-mandated deadline. A federal judge in California ordered the government to return all children age 4 and younger to their parents by July 10.

The administration faces a July 26 deadline to reunite children over the age of 5.

HHS previously briefed Sens. Thom TillisThomas (Thom) Roland Tillis‘Paws for Celebration’ event brings rescue animals to the Capitol Musical instrument manufacturer threatens to move overseas due to Trump tariffs Dem senator blasts administration for ‘cruelty and incompetence’ after immigration briefing MORE (R-N.C.), Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzO’Rourke’s Senate bid raises whopping .4M in second fundraising quarter Election Countdown: Latest on the 2018 Senate money race | Red-state Dems feeling the heat over Kavanaugh | Dem doubts about Warren | Ocasio-Cortez to visit Capitol Hill | Why Puerto Ricans in Florida could swing Senate race Dem challenger presses Cruz to set debate date MORE (R-Texas), Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinSenate confirms Trump DOJ nominee with ties to Russian bank Dems rip Trump DOJ nominee who represented Russian bank The Hill’s Morning Report — Dems attack, but know they don’t have the votes on Kavanaugh MORE (D-Calif.) and Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinSenate confirms Trump DOJ nominee with ties to Russian bank Dems rip Trump DOJ nominee who represented Russian bank Democrats use Mueller probe to attack Kavanaugh MORE (D-Ill.), who are members of the Judiciary Committee.

The four senators are trying to negotiate a bill to address how to handle the detention of immigrant families along the U.S.-Mexico border. 

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