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house Bill H.R. 3239

Should There Be Minimum Hygiene, Nutrition & Shelter Standards for Homeland Security Detention Facilities?

Argument in favor

Customs and Border Protection’s migrant detention facilities aren’t meeting minimum hygiene, nutrition and shelter standards. This is making detainees sick — and in 10 cases so far, has led to death. By setting standards for CBP facilities, this bill would help ensure migrants’ physical and mental health.

Dori's Opinion
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07/23/2019
I am honestly ashamed of being an American because of our treatment of detainees. This is not who we are.
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jimK's Opinion
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07/24/2019
It is unethical, immoral and possibly illegal to not have livable standards and standards for care of people our government chooses to detain.
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Kodiwodi's Opinion
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07/23/2019
Just like I think there should be minimum ethical, moral and legal standards for CBP and ICE and all government personnel and legislators who have anything to do with immigration and asylum seekers.
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Argument opposed

Customs and Border Protection already has its own guidelines that set standards for its facilities and the best way to improve conditions is to ensure compliance with existing standards, rather than increasing standards for an already heavily burdened agency. Most CBP agents do all they can, but the immigration system is simply overwhelmed.

Randy's Opinion
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07/24/2019
No. We don’t owe these trespassers anything. They show up empty handed expecting the “rich” American to supply everything to them. Mexico Aided and Abetted them enough to stay alive and pointed them in the direction of US! Give them bus fare and deport them ASAP.!!! THANKS FOR THE HELP MEXICO👎!!!
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Gregory's Opinion
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07/24/2019
Deport all illegal immigrants and the build the wall and fix the asylum problem or get voted out of office by the american people. WIN Win win 2020
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ProudAmerican's Opinion
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07/24/2019
Migrants need to come LEGALLY. If migrants don’t like our detention facilities, they need to remember that they did it to themselves. They can leave anytime they want, just not northbound. I’m sick of my hard earned tax dollars being wasted on people who can’t even respect our laws. Pass asylum, border security, and immigration reform legislation NOW. American is sick and tired of the inaction of the Democrat Party!!!
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bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
  • The house Passed July 25th, 2019
    Roll Call Vote 233 Yea / 195 Nay
    IntroducedJune 12th, 2019

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    I am honestly ashamed of being an American because of our treatment of detainees. This is not who we are.
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    No. We don’t owe these trespassers anything. They show up empty handed expecting the “rich” American to supply everything to them. Mexico Aided and Abetted them enough to stay alive and pointed them in the direction of US! Give them bus fare and deport them ASAP.!!! THANKS FOR THE HELP MEXICO👎!!!
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    It is unethical, immoral and possibly illegal to not have livable standards and standards for care of people our government chooses to detain.
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    Just like I think there should be minimum ethical, moral and legal standards for CBP and ICE and all government personnel and legislators who have anything to do with immigration and asylum seekers.
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    How we treat people, good or bad, says more about us than about them. They are human beings. If we treat them as less we dehumanize ourselves as well.
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    Seriously? How many laws are they breaking with food sanitation and safety as well as fire code compliance?
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    This shouldn’t even be a question. Treat them like the humans they are.
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    These desperate people have committed NO crime. Under our laws, they must cross the US border in order to apply for asylum. The Republicans vicious treatment of these families is a crime against humanity and will be recorded as a shameful time in our history. Silence is complicity!
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    You cannot be a moral and ethical person and even consider voting no on this! Death Row inmates are treated better! For shame! You are a truly awful person to vote no on this.
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    Without a doubt the detention centers need to be hygienic and held to standards for everyone’s safety. If they can’t adhere to a standard of dignity for asylum seekers they need to be closed down ASAP!
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    Every person in the ‘custody’ of this country should at the very least receive the amenities any one of us would expect to be afforded in a similar position in any other country. Period.
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    Just like our Jails, and prisons; detention centers should also have common sense standards.
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    Can this seriously be a question? What kind of people are we if we have to ask if people fleeing from violence should be met with cruelty? We should be ashamed that the service simple human treatment has to be codified by law.
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    What a stupid question. Of course they should be provided with food, water, access to toilets and showers. These are human beings and should be treated as such. They're not animals and shouldn't be in cages.
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    Yes. People need a standard of living. They aren't animals
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    Human ,compassion dignity, basic hygiene all are very much needed! These are people who were suffering in their countries and NOW ARE SUFFERING in our hands.
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    This bill should be passed. It is evident to anyone who is paying the slightest attention that our country is not living up to humane standards when it comes to the detention of asylum seekers. These people have not violated any law because it is legal under both US and international law to seek asylum. Yet we are imprisoning these men, women and children under cruel, inhumane and dangerous conditions. We don't treat mass murderers this poorly. Stop blaming the victims of this abuse who are simply fleeing to save their lives - something any of us would do were we faced with the same dangers. Stop using them to achieve a political goal and attack democrats. They have the right to seek asylum here and it is the responsibility of every American to insure that we provide compassionate care to all who enter our country. We disgrace ourselves and our nation when we fail to do so. If we do not correct this now, we no longer deserve to be called the greatest nation on earth.
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    Everyone has already had enough of the horrible living conditions in these camps. I’m glad to see our congress trying to fix these issues that Trump and his racist administration has done.
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    Of course! These people have LEGALLY applied for asylum and instead of being treated with kindness and empathy we treat them worse than stray dogs! Forget the Congress people doing inspections- send in the SPCA, maybe they'll get something done.
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    Why is this even up for debate? Of course, we should offer humane treatment to these people. What kind of country are you turning America into?
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    Yes. Set standards for humane conditions.
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