Congressional Oversight of Child Detention Centers

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497 children are still separated from their families as a result of the Trump Administration's "Zero Tolerance" immigration policy. 24 of those children are under the age of 5. 
The deadlines for reunification have passed, and there appear to be no consequences for the Trump administration failing to meet those deadlines.  Activists and human rights organizations throughout Texas and across the Nation are working to provide legal assistance, resources, and support to these children and families, but it is time that Congress take action.  Children have been neglected and abused within these detention facilities, and the trauma that has been inflicted on them will impact them for the rest of their lives.  We cannot allow the abuse, and the government's complacency to continue.  It is time for Congressional oversight of these facilities and of the reunification process.  We demand that Congress immediately take action by:

- Forming a task force, or using an applicable existing task force to examine the abuse allegations and living conditions at the child detention facilities

- Representatives visiting child detention facilities within their state 

- Obtaining the Office of Refugee Resettlement and Department of Health and Human Services' plan for reunification for the remaining children and a timeline for completion

- Investigating whether correct procedure is being followed on behalf of Border Patrol and Homeland Security for those attempting to seek asylum, ensuring that no children are falsely reclassified as unaccompanied, and that individuals are not denied their right to make an asylum claim

We petition Congress to take action to ensure that the United States of America does not inflict further harm on children and families who sought safety within our borders.