Sens. Chris Coons, D-Delaware; Richard Blumenthal, D-Connecticut; Patrick Leahy, D-Vermont; Mazie K. Hirono, D-Hawaii; Cory A. Booker, D-New Jersey; and Kamala Harris, D-California, wrote to Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen and Acting Inspector General John Kelly demanding in investigation into reports that the Department of Homeland Security “has been improperly — and perhaps unlawfully — destroying records of families that it forcibly separated at the border.”

Records linking children to their parents have disappeared or been intentionally destroyed, according to at least two DHS officials.

“The Trump administration created a crisis out of thin air when it initiated the ‘zero tolerance’ policy and began tearing infants and toddlers away from their parents. The possible destruction of records that potentially tie these vulnerable children to their parents — and thus could effectuate reunification — only exacerbates this manufactured chaos and unnecessarily prolongs the suffering of these vulnerable immigrants,” the senators wrote. “We hope that a prompt investigation into the reported destruction of hundreds of vital records will shed light on the scope of this potentially unlawful conduct and hold the relevant agency officials accountable for their actions.”

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