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Giving Compass' Take:
· During a recent House subcommittee hearing, Jonathan White, a commander in the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, explained that neither he nor his agency was in support of policies to force family separations.
· Why was White called to appear before the House Energy and Commerce oversight subcommittee? What progress has been made into investigating the Trump administration's “zero tolerance” policy?
A top Trump administration health official on Thursday told lawmakers neither he nor anyone at his agency responsible for migrant children would ever have supported a policy to force family separations.
“Neither I nor any career person ... would ever have supported such a policy proposal,” Jonathan White, a commander in the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, said during a House subcommittee hearing.
White, who is in charge of reunifying separated children with their families, told lawmakers he raised concerns with his superiors months before an official policy was implemented. He said family separation would be inconsistent with the agency’s legal requirement to act in the best interests of children.
White said he was kept in the dark about the administration’s intent and would never have supported a policy to separate families.
Read the full article about family separations by Nathaniel Weixel at The Hill.