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senate Bill S. 3036

Should Unauthorized Immigrant Children be Kept With Their Parents or Guardians?

Argument in favor

This bill would ensure that unauthorized immigrant children aren’t cruelly separated from their parents while they await an immigration hearing.

Alec's Opinion
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06/29/2018
I seriously cannot even believe that we have to go here and make it a law it just goes to show that trump truly has no heart, and neither do his supporters
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Anna's Opinion
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06/29/2018
Crossing the border without documentation is a misdemeanor. Can we please treat it like a misdemeanor? And how about we work on the immigration laws while we’re at it? The vast majority of those crossing our borders are just trying to make a better life for themselves and for their children. I think we should make it a little bit easier for that to happen. Actually, I think we should make it a lot easier for that to happen. I do not believe that separating children from their parents is at all a deterrent for illegal crossing the borders. The risk is obviously worth the reward. So think of what they are leaving behind? Think of what they are trying to escape. Let’s work at helping these countries be better for their citizens so that people want to stay there. Let’s work at making our country more inviting and accepting. And, for God’s sake, stop separating children from their parents!
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06/29/2018
Yeah but not in fucking jail! We are being assholes holding them in jails! Tax the fucking rich their fair share, stop spending money on endless wars that DRIVE people here to be refugees in the first place and then you can help EVERYONE! Citizens and refugees alike! You know, as our country was stolen from natives from and founded on! No one family needs or deserves trillions of dollars especially at the expense of every one and everything else!
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Argument opposed

This bill doesn’t do anything to get unauthorized immigrant families out of detention centers by ensuring they get an expedited hearing.

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06/29/2018
The point of this bill is to hold children as hostages to force a law that would allow them to detain those children AND their families indefinitely. We are still stomping all over human rights.
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John's Opinion
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06/29/2018
Send them back immediately with their children.
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07/05/2018
Come on. Children are separated from the parents of citizens who commit crimes all the time. Why should illegals be treated better than citizens? And second what would you do with the children? They were simply kept there until a place could be found for them. Third with zero documentation how does Border Security know just who the children actually belong with? Further this bill is total BS. Trump has already signed an executive order keeping families together. Now we get to see all kinds of lawsuits saying if families cannot be separated then criminals cannot be jailed because that will separate the family. And finally the pictures everyone is raising so much hell about were actually taken during Obama’s administration so msm and people complaining need to be mad at Obama.
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      senate Committees
      Committee on the Judiciary
    IntroducedJune 7th, 2018

What is Senate Bill S. 3036?

This bill — the Keep Families Together Act — would prohibit federal agencies from separating unauthorized immigrant children from their parents within 100 miles of the border unless: a state court or state child welfare agency determine it would be in the best interest of the child; or the Chief Patrol Agent or Area Port Director believe the child is a victim of trafficking, or the child is in danger of abuse or neglect at the parent’s hands. Federal agencies would be directed to presume that detention isn’t in the best interest of families and children and try to keep family and sibling groups together to the greatest extent possible.

All separations would require written documentation regarding the reason for the separation and supporting evidence. The Dept. of Homeland Security (DHS) would be required to publish a guidance detailing how a parent or legal guardian could locate a child they were separated from, which would be provided to the parent or guardian in a language understandable to them.

The Dept. of Health and Human Services (HHS) would be required to develop training procedures and processes for Border Patrol Agents or Officers to make recommendations regarding separation.

DHS would provide Congress with an annual report that’d describe each details about each instance of separation, including: the relationship of the adult and child and their age and gender; the length of the separation; whether the adult was charged, prosecuted, or convicted of a crime; whether the adult made an asylum claim, expressed a fear to return, or sought other immigration relief; if the child was part of a sibling group and whether the sibling group had visitation; whether the child’s was changed to “unaccompanied”; the reason for the separation; and other information at DHS’ discretion.

DHS would provide parents or legal guardians separated from the children a monthly status report on the activities of their children, their health and education, changes in their immigration status, or other information as needed to promote family reunification.

Impact

Unauthorized immigrant children and their families; immigration courts; and federal agencies detaining such families.

Cost of Senate Bill S. 3036

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-DepthSponsoring Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) introduced this bill to keep unauthorized immigrant families together by preventing the Dept. of Homeland Security (DHS) from separating children from their parents:

“The United States must not be a country that traumatizes young children by separating them from their parents. Young children have been taken from their parents’ arms and federal law enforcement hasn’t given parents even the most basic information about their children’s whereabouts. Congress has a moral obligation to take a stand and say that families should not be forcibly separated. Many of these families are fleeing terrible violence, traveling thousands of miles on foot for the chance to file an asylum claim and save their lives. To traumatize them further is unconscionable, and I hope that our Republican colleagues will work with us to put an end to this immoral policy.”

Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) tweeted the following statement in opposition to this bill:

“Dems’ Keep Families Together Act is better called the Child Trafficking Encouragement Act. Show up at the border with a minor & call him your child, then get released into the US! Children will be abducted & sold to drug cartels & slave traders as a free ticket into US.”

This legislation has the support of 49 cosponsors, all of whom are Democrats.


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Summary by Eric Revell

(Photo Credit: Customs and Border Protection / Public Domain)

AKA

Keep Families Together Act

Official Title

A bill to limit the separation of families at or near ports of entry.

    I seriously cannot even believe that we have to go here and make it a law it just goes to show that trump truly has no heart, and neither do his supporters
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    The point of this bill is to hold children as hostages to force a law that would allow them to detain those children AND their families indefinitely. We are still stomping all over human rights.
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    Crossing the border without documentation is a misdemeanor. Can we please treat it like a misdemeanor? And how about we work on the immigration laws while we’re at it? The vast majority of those crossing our borders are just trying to make a better life for themselves and for their children. I think we should make it a little bit easier for that to happen. Actually, I think we should make it a lot easier for that to happen. I do not believe that separating children from their parents is at all a deterrent for illegal crossing the borders. The risk is obviously worth the reward. So think of what they are leaving behind? Think of what they are trying to escape. Let’s work at helping these countries be better for their citizens so that people want to stay there. Let’s work at making our country more inviting and accepting. And, for God’s sake, stop separating children from their parents!
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    Yeah but not in fucking jail! We are being assholes holding them in jails! Tax the fucking rich their fair share, stop spending money on endless wars that DRIVE people here to be refugees in the first place and then you can help EVERYONE! Citizens and refugees alike! You know, as our country was stolen from natives from and founded on! No one family needs or deserves trillions of dollars especially at the expense of every one and everything else!
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    It’s unbelievable that we have to even have this discussion in America. Of course children should be kept with their parent or guardian. These kids need our support and protection against an administration using these babies as pawns
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    It’s inhumane and absolutely despicable to be doing this to families. I am ashamed of our country, and it needs to stop.
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    Send them back immediately with their children.
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    As stated by the Geneva accord, assylum seekers have every right to seek refuge. Not only that but the US influence and destabilization on political and economic system of Latin American countries is greatly responsible for the adverse conditions these refugees are escaping. We must be held accountable. Furthermore, America will not always be a powerful country and should we ever need assistance from our neighbors and former allies, these actions will influence their willingness to assist us.
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    Yes I believe minor children detained at the border should be kept with their families. That being said, the nationalistic and fascist policies of the Trump administration which detain immigrants at the border is morally objectionable. The overwhelmingly vast majority of people being detained at the border are coming here to escape conditions which are unbearable. Many of those conditions are the direct result of decades of United States foreign-policy. To deny them safety and freedom within our borders is inexcusable. To those who would argue that immigrants are a burden to our economy I would say quite the contrary. These people are not taking our jobs. They are not a burden to our economy. Tax breaks to the wealthy and corporate welfare are a burden to our economy.
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    Of course, children attempting asylum with their guardians should all be kept together. It’s hard to believe anything any different is happening in this country. I guess we are no better than third world, dictator run countries after all.
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    Best proposal I’ve seen so far for the crisis at our borders for families and children
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    When children are separated from their parents, they suffer mental and emotional trauma they may never recover from. This is not how America acts. I am ashamed of what is going on.
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    Come on. Children are separated from the parents of citizens who commit crimes all the time. Why should illegals be treated better than citizens? And second what would you do with the children? They were simply kept there until a place could be found for them. Third with zero documentation how does Border Security know just who the children actually belong with? Further this bill is total BS. Trump has already signed an executive order keeping families together. Now we get to see all kinds of lawsuits saying if families cannot be separated then criminals cannot be jailed because that will separate the family. And finally the pictures everyone is raising so much hell about were actually taken during Obama’s administration so msm and people complaining need to be mad at Obama.
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    We also need to end Trump and Sessions' inhumane, cowardly and likely illegal zero tolerance policy. None of the people taken in at the border have broken any laws; they have requested asylum which can only be granted at the entry-point of our nation. I have seen many speaking of consulates and embassies passed along the way, but it is not possible to request asylum from these premises, only for sanctuary which is a different matter. Most of the people currently detained crossed the border after being detained by ICE and CBP to transport them to concentration camps. All of this must end before we unite the world against us like we did against Trump's personal hero, Hitler.
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    They should absolutely be kept together. They should also photographed, fingerprinted, given food, water and put on a bus headed back south immediately.
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    No! I don’t care! No! Call me Grinch or what ever you want but they crossed in our country illegally and punishment should begin upon apprehension! Too Damned Bad!
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    Of course parents and children should be kept together. Anything else is cruel and disorienting to any young human, who needs their parent for love, support, and guidance. The separation policy has been a human rights violation and families must be reunited as soon as possible!
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    The point of separating children and family is not to create chaos. There are multiple reasons why this happens. Sometimes one parent is a felon. Sometimes the parent isn’t really their parent at all. Please refer to the laws put in to place under your beloved Obama to understand why this is now happening. If you want them kept together then do so on other side of border!
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    The families most certainly should be kept together
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    Parents!
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