RIO GRANDE VALLEY, Texas – Lawmakers held a hearing today on family separations at the border.
The Health and Human Services secretary declined to testify before the committee last year. The government said more than 2700 children were separated from their parents, and today the panel told lawmakers we may never know the exact number.
Experts say the Trump administration’s policy traumatized many young children who were interviewed and examined.
They also heard several stories of mothers separated from their children.
“…and when she was finally awaiting the return of her youngest, she was given the wrong baby.” Says Jennifer Podkul of Kids In Need Of Defense.
Officials say separations continue to happen, but Homeland Security says only if the parents have a criminal history.