Correcting the Record on the Trump’s Administrations Efforts to Address the Crisis at the Souther Border

Full Committee on Oversight and Reform
Full Committee on Oversight and Reform
Published: Jul 18, 2019

Oversight Republicans release staff report compiling data and expert witness testimony that corrects the Democrat narrative

 about the Administration’s handling of the Border Crisis
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Jim Jordan (R-OH), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, released a staff report compiling data and information obtained from the Committee’s oversight to show that the Trump Administration has been responsive to an unprecedented surge of migrant children and family units at the southern border. Data available to the Committee to date shows the Trump Administration has reunited most of the migrant children detained at the border. The staff report details the expert testimony provided to the Committee about the crisis at the border and the need for Congress to take action to address the root causes of the border crisis.
Read the full minority staff report here.
Key points from the minority staff report:
  • Data show that the Trump Administration has reunified an overwhelming majority of separated children. To date, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has provided data on 1,619 of 2,648 children separated at the border. Approximately 1,603 children have been discharged from HHS custody and 95% of these children were reunified with a sponsor or parent. To date, DHS has produced information on 1,000 children and their parents. The DHS data show that it referred most of the detained children to ORR within three days.
  • The Trump Administration has cooperated substantially with Chairman Cummings’s investigationContrary to the assertions from Chairman Cummings of a “cover-up,” the Trump Administration has made a good-faith effort to comply with the Chairman’s demands. The Administration is continuing to comply with the Chairman’s subpoenas–producing information responsive to the Chairman’s requests on an ongoing basis, providing frequent briefings, and offering in camera reviews. The Trump Administration has demonstrated substantial compliance with the Chairman’s subpoenas, despite significant time and resources associated with data extraction of thousands of files.
  • Expert testimony has confirmed the existence of a security and humanitarian crisis at the southern border. The Committee’s fact-finding in a number of hearings has demonstrated the seriousness of the emergency at the southern border. During a hearing on March 7, 2019, James Carroll, the Director of ONDCP, and Mike McDaniel, the Director of the Houston HIDTA, both described drug trafficking, human trafficking, and violent gang cartel activity at our southern border.