A controversial HHS official is moving to a new role, just before Democrats take over the House

.Trump’s top refugee official taking new HHS job  

Scott Lloyd, the controversial Trump administration official in charge of refugee children at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), is taking on a new role at the agency.

Lloyd, who joined HHS in March 2017 as director of the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), is leaving that post to serve as a senior adviser at the Center for Faith and Opportunity Initiatives.

“While I have valued my time at the Office of Refugee Resettlement, I am excited to take on this new challenge,” Lloyd said in a statement through HHS.

The agency said he started the new job on Monday.

Why it matters: ORR oversaw the care of migrant children who were separated from their families at the U.S.-Mexico border under the administration’s short-lived “zero tolerance” immigration policy.

Lloyd moving out of ORR comes just before Democrats will take over the House (and get committee subpoena power) in January. He’s faced scrutiny and outrage from abortion rights groups and congressional Democrats for his role in blocking unaccompanied minors in federal custody from getting abortions.

Reactions: Democrats and abortion rights groups are angry, and think Lloyd shouldn’t be allowed to stay at HHS even in a new position.

“He should not be in HHS at all. He needs to go. #FireScottLloyd,” tweeted Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.), a member of the House Appropriations committee.

“This is an outrage,” tweeted Rep. Diana DeGette (D-Colo.), co-chair of the House Pro-Choice Caucus.

“Scott Lloyd used his power to deny vulnerable migrants their constitutional right to an abortion. He’s a danger to women at @HHSGov or in any role in this administration. He needs to be fired, as my colleagues and I demanded months ago.”

The ACLU called on Democrats in the next Congress to fully investigate Lloyd’s new post:

“We urge the next Congress to conduct careful oversight of ORR to ensure that ORR is following the court order ensuring that the young women in the office’s custody are able to access the care they need. We also urge Congress to conduct oversight of the Center for Faith and Opportunity Initiatives to prevent Lloyd from trampling on other constitutional protections, such as the freedom of religion, at his new post,” said Brigitte Amiri, deputy director of the American Civil Liberties Union’s Reproductive Freedom Project.

“The damage Scott Lloyd inflicted on the people he was charged to protect, and to the agency itself, will not be easily erased,” Amiri added.

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