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senate Bill S. 3567

Should Federal Funding For Detention Centers Holding Unauthorized Immigrants Be Cut Off?

Argument in favor

The detention centers holding unauthorized immigrant families on the Southern border are reminiscent of the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II. This bill would end the morally catastrophic detention of families seeking asylum and a better life in the U.S.

Jacqueline's Opinion
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10/31/2018
There should be No internment to begin with
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Sam-Gos's Opinion
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10/31/2018
Taxpayer money should never be used for unauthorized government activity.
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SneakyPete's Opinion
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10/31/2018
WHY THE HECK NOT 🤔 The detention centers holding unauthorized immigrant families on the Southern border are reminiscent of the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II. This bill would end the morally catastrophic detention of families seeking asylum and a better life in the U.S. 10*30*18 ..... SneakyPete .....
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Argument opposed

Detention centers are an unfortunate symptom of a broken immigration system, but they’re necessary to the enforcement of immigration laws. Simply releasing unauthorized immigrants or asylum-seekers who may never appear in court is unacceptable.

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10/31/2018
I have no problem with those who seek to come to our country legally. But when one breaks the law by entering our country illegally then I have a problem!!! If you are willing to break this law how many more are you worth break??? Then there’s a whole other issue of those coming to our country and trying to force their culture upon those who have been raised here since birth and for many generations before. If you come to America then this means that you have to accept America’s laws as they are. What you do behind your doors as long as it still does not violate our laws is basically your business. But you are coming to America you must assimilate to our Nation’s rules and laws.
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JTJ's Opinion
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10/31/2018
We have to put these people somewhere. Releasing them into our country is not an option. If they don’t want to be detained then they should go home.
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10/31/2018
What needs to be done is put a stop to illegal immigration! Until we know the immigrants coming here have been properly vetted, we have to do this. We cannot continue releasing these people into society where they get lost and milk the benefits they come here for until they die! If anyone here disagrees, you can take them into your home; feed them; pay for their college, health care, and all the other goodies they manage to access, which our own citizens are often denied.
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      senate Committees
      Committee on the Judiciary
    IntroducedOctober 10th, 2018

What is Senate Bill S. 3567?

This bill — the No Internment Camps Act — would prohibit the use of government funds to build detention centers, whether they’re operated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) or a governmental or non-governmental contractor. It’d also establish a one-year phaseout of active family detention centers, of which there are three nationwide. Funds currently used to operate family detention centers would be transferred to the Alternatives to Detention program to reestablish the Family Case Management Program (FCMP) to be operated by a qualified nonprofit entity to operate. It’d also establish a $100 million annual fund for processing & releasing asylum-seeking families, which is described in greater detail below.

An “Emergency Fund for Asylum Seekers” would be established in the Treasury Dept. which would receive $100 million in funds in each of the fiscal years 2019 through 2024.

In years where the number of alien families seeking asylum in the U.S. exceeds 100 percent of the number from the previous year, $80 million from the Fund would be released to increase the Dept. of Homeland Security’s (DHS) ability to process, transport, parole, and release asylum-seeking families. Of the $80 million released from the Fund, no less than $20 million would be made available for grants to one or more nonprofit entities operating respite centers to aid asylum-seeking families with services and compliance with legal requirements.

In years where the number of asylum-seeking alien families exceeds the previous year’s number by 200 percent, an additional $20 million shall be made available from the Emergency Fund for Asylum Seekers/ Of the $20 million, at least $5 million shall be made available for grants to one or more nonprofit entities operating respite centers to assist alien families with services and compliance with legal requirements.

Impact

Asylum seekers; ICE; DHS; U.S. Treasury; Alternatives to Detention; Family Case Management Program (FCMP); and the Secretary of State.

Cost of Senate Bill S. 3567

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-DepthSen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) introduced this bill to stop President Trump’s internment camp agenda and prevent the Trump administration from forcing families fleeing persecution abroad into internment camps while they await asylum hearings:

“Internment camps have no place in the United States of America. We made this mistake during World War II, and to this day it remains one of the darkest stains upon our nation. We cannot allow ourselves to repeat this moral catastrophe. Congress needs to prevent this cruel and inhumane strategy from going forward—and I will do everything in my power to stop it.”

Karen Korematsu, daughter of Fred T. Korematsu, the lead plaintiff in Korematsu v. United States, the Supreme Court case that challenged Japanese internment during World War II, supports this bill and compares the current internment of asylum-seekers from Latin America with that of Japanese-Americans during WWII:

“After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, war hysteria and xenophobia won over what obviously was morally and constitutionally wrong when in 1942 President Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, which put families and individuals like my father, Fred Korematsu, into American incarceration camps. It is horrifying that our country is repeating those immoral acts and, as before, we are ripping children from their parents and guardians. The No Internment Camps Act seeks to remedy our past and current wrongs so hopefully we will Stop Repeating History.”

Former Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, who led DHS from 2013 to 2017, argues that family detention is needed to help CBP end its catch-and-release policy at the southern border. Speaking on “Fox News Sunday,” Johnson argued that family detention is necessary:

“Without a doubt the images and the reality from 2014, just like 2018, are not pretty and so we expanded family detention. We believed it was necessary at the time. I still believe it is necessary to maintain a certain capability for families. We can't have catch and release."

This bill has been referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee with the support of one cosponsor, who is also a Democrat, as well as the support of the Japanese American Citizens League, Human Rights Watch, Asian Americans Advancing Justice, Anti-Defamation League, Human Rights First, and others.


Of NoteFCMP, which was disbanded by the Trump administration in June 2017, was a program that allowed families to wait for their asylum hearings in community-based settings. While in FCMP, families would have regular check-ins with caseworkers who spoke their native language. According to a 2017 DHS Office of Inspector General report, this program resulted in a 100% rate of families appearing for their asylum hearings. Program costs were low, at $5-7 a day per adult — many times lower than the cost of family detention, which costs $300 per person per day, and $775 per day for children separated from their parents.


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Summary by Lorelei Yang

(Photo Credit: iStockphoto.com / Brad Greeff)

AKA

No Internment Camps Act

Official Title

A bill to prohibit the use of funds for the operation or construction of internment camps, and for other purposes.

    There should be No internment to begin with
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    I have no problem with those who seek to come to our country legally. But when one breaks the law by entering our country illegally then I have a problem!!! If you are willing to break this law how many more are you worth break??? Then there’s a whole other issue of those coming to our country and trying to force their culture upon those who have been raised here since birth and for many generations before. If you come to America then this means that you have to accept America’s laws as they are. What you do behind your doors as long as it still does not violate our laws is basically your business. But you are coming to America you must assimilate to our Nation’s rules and laws.
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    Taxpayer money should never be used for unauthorized government activity.
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    WHY THE HECK NOT 🤔 The detention centers holding unauthorized immigrant families on the Southern border are reminiscent of the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II. This bill would end the morally catastrophic detention of families seeking asylum and a better life in the U.S. 10*30*18 ..... SneakyPete .....
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    Children belong in fully funded schools that teach science, math and history, not jails. It’s not illegal to seek asylum.
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    Internment camps have never had a place in the United States. Why do we have to keep learning this lesson over and over and always be on the wrong side of history. We have a broken immigration system for certain but we can fix it without purposeful cruelty and barbarism towards people seeking a better life for themselves and their families or seeking asylum in this once great country.
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    “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door" -Emma Lazarus, engraved on the Statue is Liberty
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    We’ve seen these places holding men, women, and children in captivity like animals. All for the crime of wanting a better life. It is inhuman and has no place in the United States.
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    This shouldn’t even be a question let alone require a vote to get this put into law. Let me make it easy; Internment Camps BAD, saving people from soul crushing poverty and gang violence GOOD.
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    You would think that we would learn from the past that concentration camps are a extremely bad thing. My people, the First People, the Japanese-Americans... how many times must we repeat this mistake?
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    We have to put these people somewhere. Releasing them into our country is not an option. If they don’t want to be detained then they should go home.
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    What needs to be done is put a stop to illegal immigration! Until we know the immigrants coming here have been properly vetted, we have to do this. We cannot continue releasing these people into society where they get lost and milk the benefits they come here for until they die! If anyone here disagrees, you can take them into your home; feed them; pay for their college, health care, and all the other goodies they manage to access, which our own citizens are often denied.
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    You don’t put children in a prison camp, and you DEFINITELY don’t do with MY tax $$$.
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    Of course not! Facilities are necessary while processing border crossing lawbreakers. If illegal immigrants don’t want to end up in these detention facilities, they shouldn’t come here illegally. Period. And claiming asylum after they are caught shouldn’t excuse them from being held, either.
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    The only thing we gain from detention centers and internment camps is shame on our country.
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    These detention centers are inhumane.
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    It is the immigrants that are unauthorized, not the facilities. The facilities are needed to house and keep the “unauthorized immigrants “ while waiting to process them. They have illegally entered this country and by law need to be processed and if needs be returned to their own countries. If they want to come to the US, then there are plenty of LEGAL and Authorized ways they can do this! Stopping funding for the facilities is not the way to help them or us.
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    We need to process them according to our current laws and guidelines, i. e. What President Obama ensured would be in place in order to be helpful, fair, cautious, and caring. ... money should be given to AUTHORIZED. And government run facilities, not unauthorized facilities. We may want to say no to some and we may want to say yes to those whose lives are truly threatened... but we can say no nicely.....just like when our parents taught us manners growing up!!!!
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    The illegals need held somewhere since most that are released never show up to the hearing. They can’t expect luxury accommodation and honesty, from what I’ve seen personally in third world countries, they are in better and sometimes much better conditions than they left. Facilities should be kept clean and healthy with proper nutrition offered, but until illegals can be processed, they should be held and that requires money. I’m not heartless, I just believe in the security of our country, importance of law, and making sure America is cared for.
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    Yes it should be cut off and this abomination of a process and program eliminated. The sooner the better.
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