Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen has agreed to testify next month about border security issues following a threatened subpoena, House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) announced Monday.The announcement comes as Democrats, now in control of the House, step up congressional oversight of the Trump administration, and border security remains one of the bitterest policy fights between Democrats and the Republican administration.
Decades after the U.S. stopped institutionalizing kids because large and crowded orphanages were causing lasting trauma, it is happening again. The federal government has placed most of the 14,300 migrant toddlers, children and teens in its care in detention centers and residential facilities packed with hundreds, or thousands, of children. As the year draws to a close, about 5,400 detained migrant children in the U.S. are sleeping in shelters with more than 1,000 other children. Some 9,800 are in facilities with 100-plus total kids, according to confidential government data obtained and cross-checked by The Associated Press.