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GOP Rep. Hurd Concerned Over HHS Handling Separated Children

GOP Rep. Hurd Concerned Over HHS Handling Separated Children
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By    |   Tuesday, 26 June 2018 02:57 PM

Rep. Will Hurd, R-Texas, revealed Tuesday that he has "concerns" about the Department of Health and Human Services' ability to reunite families that were separated at the border.

"I think the reunification hasn't gone as quickly as most of us would like," Hurd told CNN's "New Day" co-anchor John Berman. "One of the concerns I have is [the Department of Health and Human Services'] ability to do this."

Hurd then gave an example of the difficulties that the families face, explaining how he and other members of Congress could not speak to officials at the department on a conference call because the agency's phone number didn't work.

"We were supposed to have a conference call yesterday with members of Congress and their staff to talk about this process and the phone number didn't work, so if they can't do that with us, then I'm concerned with their ability of connecting kids," the Texas Republican said.

Although President Donald Trump signed an order intended to keep immigrant families together at the border, no plan for reuniting families separated under the administration's policy was included.

"We are still operating under the Florence settlement that says that the government can't hold kids for more than 20 days, so we may not be separating families at the border, but when they have them in custody, that means HHS or potentially DOJ might be taking these families after those 20 days if we don't figure out an alternative," Hurd warned.

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