Lofgren Statement on DHS Family Separation Report

November 27, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC — Today, the U.S, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Inspector General released a report entitled: “DHS Lacked Technology Needed to Successfully Account for Separated Migrant Families." The report details how DHS lacked the ability to track family separations in its IT system. As a result, the Inspector General found significant data irregularities and noted an inability to accurately assess how many children were separated from their parents.

In response, U.S. Representative Zoe Lofgren, Chair of the Immigration and Citizenship Subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee, issued the following statement:

“The Administration’s family separation policy has stained the legacy of our nation and will have lasting negative effects on those who were subjected to it. The effect of this policy on children is particularly reprehensible and will undoubtedly leave lasting trauma for years to come.

“As a mother, grandmother, and American, my heart aches for these children and families. The revelations in the Inspector General’s report make clear that this heartache and suffering was entirely avoidable — and it shocks the conscience.

“Career officials made Customs and Border Protection (CBP) leadership aware of DHS’s inability to track family separations before the policy even went into place, and CBP leadership ignored the warnings and still chose to move forward with the family separation policy just a few months later.

“DHS officials must be held accountable.

“As I have stated during our multiple hearings on family separation this year, we will keep bringing the Administration before us until we have all the answers we need. We are not finished getting to the bottom of this serious, inhumane matter.”