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House report outlines chaos of Trump administration's family separation policy

October 29, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

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"We had a shortage last night of beds for babies," an official at the Office of Refugee Resettlement wrote to the agency's director on November 11, 2017.

What White and other officials at the department didn't know was that the Trump administration had already launched a pilot program on the US-Mexico border that would eventually separate thousands of children from their parents and draw widespread scorn from around the country.

The exchange was indicative of the chaos that would ensue in the months to follow, as the Trump administration hastily implemented its controversial "zero-tolerance" policy, which called for the prosecution of all adults who illegally crossed the southern border and thereby, separated them from their children.

CNN exclusively reported last year that hundreds of red flags were raised internally within the Trump administration about how families were being separated at the US-Mexico border.

White said in congressional testimony last year that he raised concerns to senior officials about separating families apprehended at the US-Mexico border before the administration's controversial "zero tolerance" immigration policy was announced.

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