October 02, 2018

Duckworth on Independent Investigation into Trump Administration’s Family Separation Policy: Not Only Inhumane and Cruel, but Utterly Incompetent Too


[WASHINGTON, D.C.] – U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) issued the following statement after the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Office of Inspector General released its report on the Acting Inspector General’s independent investigation regarding the Trump Administration’s implementation of it’s so called “zero-tolerance” that resulted in thousands of infants and children being separated from their parents at the border.

“Once again, an independent investigation conducted by the DHS Inspector General found the Trump Administration’s implementation of its family separation policy was not only inhumane and cruel – but utterly incompetent too. The Trump Administration’s policy was poorly designed, poorly executed and poorly covered-up. The results of this investigation make it clear why Secretary Nielsen lied about the very existence of such a disastrous policy that resulted in this administration ripping children out of the arms of their parents and shipping these kids to modern day detention camps.”

Today’s report for the DHS Acting Inspector General was requested in March by Duckworth and 23 of her Senate colleagues, including U.S. Senator Dick Durbin, after reports arose of a 7-year-old girl from the Democratic Republic of Congo being separated from her mother for more than 4 months and held in Chicago.

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