Sen. Nelson To Question HHS Secretary Tuesday About Illegal Immigrant Children Separated From Parents

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ABOVE VIDEO: U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) took to the Senate floor today to put the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services on notice that he intends to ask him a series of questions regarding his agency’s efforts to reunite 2,300 children who have reportedly been separated from their parents when he testifies before the Senate Finance Committee tomorrow.

TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA – U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) took to the Senate floor today to put the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services on notice that he intends to ask him a series of questions regarding his agency’s efforts to reunite 2,300 children who have reportedly been separated from their parents when he testifies before the Senate Finance Committee tomorrow.

Nelson, who on Saturday toured an HHS facility in Homestead, Florida that’s holding 70 children who were separated from their parents, but was not allowed to speak to the kids, said by putting the secretary on notice now he expects full and complete answers when the secretary is under oath tomorrow.

“Why are they not allowing us to speak with the children that have been separated from their parents?” Nelson said. ”Why is HHS refusing to provide us with the information that we ask about these children, including what’s being done right now to reunite them with their families?”

“The secretary should have plenty of time between now and his testimony tomorrow to the Finance Committee to find the information he needs to fully answer these questions,” Nelson said, “and I want to be very clear about tomorrow’s hearing because this senator will expect full answers to each of the questions. No backtrack, no get off on a different subject. The American people want to know about these children and when are they going to be reunited.”

HHS Secretary Alex Azar is scheduled to testify before the Senate Finance Committee at 9:30 a.m. tomorrow. Nelson is a senior member of the committee.

“There is no reason why this administration should be putting up barriers and preventing members of congress from doing their jobs and checking on the welfare of these children,” Nelson said on the Senate floor today.

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