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      house Committees
      House Committee on the Judiciary
      Immigration and Border Security
    IntroducedJune 21st, 2018

What is it?

This bill — the Reunite Children With Their Parents Act — would require the Dept. of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Dept. of Justice (DOJ) to reunite each unauthorized immigrant child who was separated from their parents while they wait for an immigration or asylum hearing. The agencies would have 60 days to reunite the families after this bill’s enactment.

Impact

Separated unauthorized immigrant family; and DHS & the DOJ.

Cost

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-Depth: Sponsoring Rep. Brendan Boyle (D-PA) introduced this bill to reunite unauthorized immigrant children who have been separated from their parents:

“Today, I introduced the "Reunite Children with Their Parents Act" (H.R. 6172) that will protect the children already in custody as a result of the President’s terrible policy, and ensure that it is the policy of the United States to reunite them with their families.  The "Reunite Children with Their Parents Act" would mandate that within 60 days of becoming law, the DHS Secretary must reunite the children taken into custody with their families that have been separated as a result of President Trump’s border separation policy. If the President cannot care for these children, it is the solemn duty of Congress to lead where he has failed.”

This legislation has the support of 23 cosponsors, including 22 Democrats and one Republican.


Media:

Summary by Eric Revell

(Photo Credit: AAraujo / iStock)

AKA

Reunite Children With Their Parents Act

Official Title

To require the Secretary of Homeland Security, in coordination with the Attorney General, to reunite alien parents separated from their minor children with such children, and for other purposes.

    Children should not be separated from their parents when they arrive at the border. Families leave their home county to escape violence and extreme poverty. To inflict further harm to families seeking a safety is such a horrible policy. Families should be able to stay together while they await their immigration hearing.
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    The government needs to abide by the deadlines already set by the court. This is an atrocity of their own making and should be remedied immediately. Extending this causes even more harm to these children. If it were another country doing this, we’d be enacting consequences and shaming them. It’s a travesty that we have stooped this low.
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    They need to do this today. Not in 60 days. They should NEVER have been separated in the first place! Also - children should be reunited with their family members - aunts, uncles, grandparents. The heinous trump administration flunkies are now splitting hairs and refusing to return Kid’s to family members unless it is their mother or father. Is there no end to the callous cruelty and xenophobia of this despicable administration?!
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    Illegals should be reunited with their home of origin.
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    Absolutely! In an effort to pander to his base, #45 and his crew used the mechanisms of the Executive Branch to change the implementation of existing immigration laws without adequate consideration of their impacts on those affected or the effects such changes would have how most Americans view themselves, their government and their country’s global reputation as a world leader as a democratic and benevolent force worldwide. All of them need to confront the REAL consequences of their ill-informed, thoughtless and damaging decisions, of which this is the most egregious!
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    These children are NOT cans to be kicked down the road. How about they take that bloated defense bill down several notches and get more judges to handle this self imposed crisis. Get those kids-ALL OF THEM-back to their families NOW. ***TRUMPSTERS, Crossing the border is a MISDEMEANOR for Christ’s sake you Trump worshipping idiots. Your kids r not ripped away from u each time u get a speeding ticket in that gas guzzling billy-bob pick up. SORRY in advance to pick up owners, but this shit just gets me ‘coming out the wrong pocket’.
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    There is no reason for them to have been separated in the first place. Seeking asylum is not a crime.
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    It needs to take as much time as needed to verify identities and ensure that our country is safe.
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    Reunite NOW. Disgrace and travesty that this occurred. Those responsible for this horrific act, trump and sessions , should be incarcerated
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    Yes, in fact it should be done immediately. This CHANGE in policy by the current administration is CHILD ABUSE. It is criminal to remove children forcibly from their parents.
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    The sooner this blunder is fixed the better. The Trump administration seems to pay no attention of consequences unless they directly and immediately affect Trump himself. The legislators follow his lead no matter what is best for the American people or The United States. Where are the patriots of this country, and the kindness and compassion we used to be known for.
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    60 days is too long to wait. BUT CONSIDERING THE DESPICABLE SCUM WE ARE DEALING WITH THAT CHOSE TO SEPARATE FAMILIES AND KIDNAP KIDS WITH NO INTENTIONS OF REUNITING THEM, 60 days is more than enough time for EVERY SEPARATED FAMILY TO BE REUNITED!!! Tragically this is going to cast a horrible amount of trauma on ALL THE FAMILIES. To paraphrase Mercutio “A PLAGUE” on all the republicans for this truly inhumane action.
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    A very sorry place to be in today’s Trumpistan that we even need this bill, but here we are
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    Why is this a question? They should be reunited now!
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    Yes reunite them but across the border in their own nation not ours. Deport them all now. #MAGA
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    The mental and emotional trauma that this type of separation can cause is significant and permanent. Separating families serves no practical purpose-these parents are not dangers to their children- and only serves to inflict cruelty on these children as punishment for their parents' "crimes." Stop this insanity now.
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    Absolutely! Children are being traumatized, emotionally, physically and sexually abused for the profit of the few. We have to be better than this.
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    They should never be separated in the first place!!!
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    Do it TODAY!
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    This is fine, but it’s not the “agencies” who separated the families in the first place or who are giving parents impossible “Sophie’s choices” of leave with your child(ren) or without. These are people whose situations were so bad that they were willing to risk danger and death to get themselves and their children here. How about some COMPREHENSIVE immigration reform that increases #s of legal immigrants into the country...and not just those who have tech and business knowledge, but also those who need a place to live and prosper without fear! In addition, there needs to be a way for illegal immigrants who meet persecution criteria to have a way to work towards citizenship. All our ancestors, unless you’re 100% Native American, were immigrants, many of them “illegal” and despised by those who came before them.
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