A Democratic Lawmaker is requesting that the UN send observers to the US-Mexico border to look at family separations.
Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) is asking the United Nations to probe the impact of the Trump administration's controversial "zero-tolerance" policy at the border.
The policy has led to the separation of roughly 2,000 children from their guardians, who are being prosecuted separately. President Trump ended the separations on Wednesday with an executive order, but it's not clear how that will effect children already separated from their parents or guardians.
"I am appalled by the reports and images from detention facilities in Texas and other states along the border, where more than 2,300 children have been separated from their parents by border patrol agents," Lee wrote in a letter to the UN.
The California Democrat asked the organization to investigate operations under the authority of the Department of Homeland Security and the Office of Refugee Resettlement at the border and "throughout the more than 17 states around the country that are now housing children who have been separated from their families."
"As a mother, a grandmother, and as a psychiatric social worker, I am most concerned for the physical and mental well-being of children separated from their parents at their most vulnerable time," Lee continued.