Lawmakers Barred From Speaking To Children Detained By Trump Admin

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Lawmakers are required to give two weeks advance notice of their visits and will be unable to speak with the children.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services instituted strict rules this week regarding lawmaker visits to facilities housing unaccompanied migrant children, according to The Hill.

The directive issued to members of Congress Wednesday – first reported by HuffPost – indicated they will banned from speaking to the children during detention center tours and will be barred from entering if they do not comply with a required two-week advance notice of their visit.

“To protect the privacy and vulnerability of children in its care, we cannot allow visitors to record or photograph anything within the facility property, nor are visitors allowed to interact with the children,” Sara Morse, HHS's deputy assistant secretary for legislation, stated in the email obtained by The Hill.

The department is allowing lawmakers to go on scheduled tours of certain facilities without providing two weeks' notice, but they must RSVP 24 hours ahead of the visit, the email reads.

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