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PoliticsHouse Dems to hold hearing next week on treatment of migrant children

22:55  02 july  2019
22:55  02 july  2019 Source:   thehill.com

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The House Oversight Committee has scheduled a hearing next week to hear testimony from Trump administration officials about the separation and treatment of immigrant children at the southern border.

House Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) has invited Acting DHS Secretary Kevin McAleenan and Acting Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Mark Morgan to testify at a hearing on July 12. Neither have confirmed their appearance, according to the committee.

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The House Oversight Committee has scheduled a hearing next week on the separation and treatment of immigrant children and has launched an investigation into reports of offensive Facebook posts by border patrol officers, the panel said on Tuesday.

"The Trump Administration's actions at the southern border are grotesque and dehumanizing," Cummings said in a statement Tuesday.

"There seems to be open contempt for the rule of law and for basic human decency. The committee needs to hear directly from the heads of these agencies as soon as possible in light of the almost daily reports of abuse and defiance," Cummings said, adding that he hoped McAleenan and Morgan would appear "voluntarily" at the hearing.

The hearing is expected to focus on reports of unaccompanied children being held in overcrowded and dirty facilities in Clint, Texas, and other parts of the country and a newly issued Homeland Security inspector general report describing "dangerous overcrowding and prolonged detention" of immigrant children and adults in the Rio Grande Valley.

Cummings has also sent a letter to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg requesting information related to the committee's investigation into a report that Border Patrol agents used a secret Facebook group to mock immigrants and members of Congress and post racist and sexist content.

--This breaking news report will be updated

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