Sens. Tom Carper and Chris Coons recently joined 47 of their colleagues in the Senate calling on the Senate Judiciary Committee to hold hearings on the Donald Trump administration’s treatment of children coming across the Southern border.

After Trump’s executive order, new questions have been raised about whether the children who have already been separated will be reunited with their families and how families and children seeking asylum at our border will be treated going forward.

The Trump administration’s “zero-tolerance” policy “is responsible for hundreds of children being forcibly separated from their families, falsely labeled ‘unaccompanied alien children,’ and transferred to the custody of the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Refugee Resettlement,” the senators wrote in a letter to Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley. “This cruel treatment of children and families arriving to the U.S. demands immediate and direct Congressional oversight.”

The full letter is available at