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Sen. Merkley Calls for Probe into DHS Secretary over Family Separation

HeadlineJan 22, 2019

Oregon Democratic Senator Jeff Merkley has called for an FBI perjury investigation into Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen for lying about the Trump administration’s family separation policy. Senator Merkley released a 2017 memo Thursday that showed a Trump administration policy option involving “separat[ing] family units.” Secretary Nielsen has stated multiple times that there is no policy to separate families, including during congressional testimony last month. A Department of Health and Human Services report last week found that thousands more children were removed from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border than previously reported.

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