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January 17, 2019

Chairman Thompson Statement on HHS OIG Report on Family Separation

(WASHINGTON) – Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, released the following statement on the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) report on family separations at the southern border:

The OIG report released today shows that the Trump Administration, with its unique blend of incompetence, cruelty, and disregard for basic decency, misled the American public on one of its most heinous policies to date. Thousands more children were separated from their families than we were previously told – and we still don’t even know exactly how many kids have been ripped from their families because the Administration has failed to keep track.

“The dangerous era of this Administration going unchecked has come to an end. We will not allow these reprehensible acts to go unanswered, and we will ensure that the President and his Administration are held accountable for their misdeeds.”

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