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senate Bill S. 1817

Improving Conditions for Short-Term, U.S. Border Detainees

Argument in favor

U.S. border security should not have to come at the expense of things like access to urgent medical services and adequate food and drinking water.

Argument opposed

With few specific instructions, the Department of Homeland Security is left to solve these problems itself.

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      senate Committees
      Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
    IntroducedDecember 12th, 2013

What is Senate Bill S. 1817?

This bill would direct the Secretary of Homeland Security (DHS) to implement standards for short-term custody of individuals held in facilities of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). These regulations would be consistent with both national standards under the Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003, and annual facility inspections.


This bill impacts U.S. citizens and immigrants held at U.S. Customs and Border facilities.

Cost of Senate Bill S. 1817

A CBO cost estimate is currently unavailable.

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In Detail: 

The new regulations would address: 

-Limits on detention space capacity;

-The availability of potable water and food;

-Access to bathroom facilities and hygiene items; 

-Sleeping arrangements for detainees held overnight;

-Adequate climate control;

-Access to language-appropriate forms and materials that include an explanation of the consequences of signing such forms;

-Pregnant women and individuals with medical needs;
-Reasonable accommodations in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act;

-Access to emergency medical care;

-Access to facilities by nongovernmental organizations;

-Transferring detainees to facilities of U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement; and 

-Returning personal property to former detainees.


Humane Short Term Custody Act

Official Title

A bill to require the Secretary to implement standards for short-term custody of individuals held in facilities of U.S. Customs and Border Protection and for other purposes.

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