Trump Administration's Family Separation Policy: Trauma, Destruction, and Chaos: Majority Staff Report, Committee on the Judiciary, U.S. House of Representatives   [open pdf - 149MB]

From the Executive Summary: "When the American people recall the Trump Administration's abhorrent 'family separation' policy--more commonly known as 'family separation'--most think of that short period of time in May and June of 2018 when thousands of children were separated from their parents after crossing the southwest border. Public outrage at this cruel policy was swift and shared by Democrats and many Republicans alike. In a matter of weeks, the policy was enjoined by the courts and rescinded by an executive order--flawed in its own right--setting off a mad scramble by government agencies to return children to their parents. Today, after years of investigation and analysis, it is clear that the Trump Administration's family separation policy lasted far longer than is commonly known. [...] On January 11, 2019, the House Committee on the Judiciary (hereinafter 'the Committee') launched an investigation into the Trump Administration's family separation policy, requesting that the Departments of Homeland Security (DHS), Justice (DOJ), and Health and Human Services (HHS) produce documents, materials, memoranda, and other information relating to this sad chapter in our nation's history. These primary source documents provided exclusively to the Committee, together with outside resources and government reports, chronicle the development of the family separation policy from February 2017 to November 2018. [...] Our examination of these documents allows us to provide the first complete narrative of the Trump Administration's inhumane family separation policy, in the Administration's own words. The investigation reveals a process marked by reckless incompetence and intentional cruelty."

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