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senate Bill S. 3624

Blocking ICE From Arresting Unauthorized Immigrants Who Come Forward to Care For Unaccompanied Children

Argument in favor

Unaccompanied children are currently being kept in detention facilities or living in tent cities because would-be sponsors are afraid to come forward as they could be deported because of their own immigration status. This bill would lead them out of the shadows and get the children out of federal custody.

burrkitty's Opinion
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12/16/2018
Children are not bait for the xenophobic racist agenda of this xenophobic racist administration. You people need therapy to deal with your wild delusions and extreme paranoid fears. People are people everywhere and deserve to be treated with respect and humanity.
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Joanne's Opinion
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12/16/2018
Yes, we need immigration reform but what trump and GOP are doing is criminal. People are mean and uncaring. What has happened to America???
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12/16/2018
TRUMP NEEDS TO BE LOCKED UP FOR MASS CHILD ABUSE!!!! CRIMES ON HUMANITY!!! TRUMP = ANTI AMERICAN!!!! LOCK UP THE ABUSER SCUMBAG. MOST AMERICANS LOATHE HIM. MAJORITY WANTS TRUMP PUNISHED!
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Argument opposed

The federal government has a responsibility to enforce immigration law. If the people coming forward to care for unaccompanied minors are also in the country illegally then HHS should be able to share that information with ICE, so that they can be vetted and immigration courts can hear their case.

Miles's Opinion
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12/16/2018
This is stupid. We’ll have tons of people coming to “accompany children”. If we’re tough on illegal immigration & stronger on border security, there wouldn’t even be unaccompanied illegal children here. Leftists will do anything to poke loopholes in illegal immigration & the worthless racist “argument” is the only one I ever see them use
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ManfromNebraska's Opinion
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12/16/2018
Absolutely not! Follow the law! Illegal aliens need to be returned to their country. We need to properly vet anyone who comes. Not just let in someone because they sent their kids ahead alone. Obviously they are not good parents to send their kids alone and forcing their kids to break the law.
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12/16/2018
these are all illegal aliens coming forward to care for unaccompanied children. they have no right to be in this country. Deport them immediately
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  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The house has not voted
  • The senate has not voted
    IntroducedNovember 14th, 2018

What is Senate Bill S. 3624?

This bill — the Families Not Facilities Act — would block Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) from using information collected by Health and Human Services (HHS) to arrest family members or others who come forward to care for unaccompanied migrant children. That means ICE wouldn’t be able to arrest or otherwise take legal action against those in a prospective sponsor’s family because they are unauthorized immigrants.

It would also transfer $220 million from ICE’s 2019 budget to the new Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) programs to provide unaccompanied minors with comprehensive social work services and connect them with legal representation, as well as to the FBI’s Violent Crimes Against Children Program and the Health and Human Services (HHS) Task Force to Prevent and End Human Trafficking.

Finally, the bill creates an ORR Advisory Committee on Shelters, comprised of nonprofit immigration and child welfare experts. This committee would be required to publish reports on its findings.


Impact

Unaccompanied migrant children; sponsors of unaccompanied migrant children; ICE; HHS; ORR; and the FBI

Cost of Senate Bill S. 3624

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-DepthSen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) introduced this bill to prohibit ICE from using information gathered in the process of resettling unaccompanied migrant children to take immigration enforcement actions against individuals in the homes of prospective sponsors:

“Right now, unaccompanied children are being held in detention facilities or living in tent cities due in part to potential sponsors’ fear of retribution from ICE for coming forward. This is an unacceptable obstacle to getting these children into a safe home, and we must fix it. We will ultimately be judged as a society by how we treat our children, and without these crucial protections we are depriving unaccompanied minors of a place they can begin to call home.”

HHS spokeswoman Evelyn Stauffer contends that the policy of arresting unauthorized sponsors isn’t the cause of the increasing number of undocumented children in HHS custody. Instead, she argues, the problem is a border “crisis” and “broken immigration system.”

There are nine cosponsors of this bill, including eight Democrats and one independent.


Of NoteFrom July to September 2018, ICE arrested 41 potential caretakers of unaccompanied migrant children, most of whom were in the U.S. illegally. Critics of this policy worry that the arrests have deterred potential sponsors from coming forward to take care of unaccompanied migrant children, contributing to the record number of migrant minors in HHS centers and tent cities. As of November 2018, the number of undocumented children in U.S. custody was over 14,000.

ICE’s arrests of potential caretakers of unaccompanied migrant children stemmed from a new rule, enacted in May 2018, allowing it to collect immigration information on potential sponsors. At the time of the rule’s proposal, the American Immigration Council’s Katie Shepherd pointed out that potential for this rule to harm unaccompanied children:

“The proposal has the potential to drastically expand ICE’s enforcement dragnet. It may ultimately harm—not help—unaccompanied children whose sponsors and loved ones end up being targeted and detained by ICE due to the increased screening.”

Shepherd added that children might end up languishing in foster care or HHS shelters due to the rule change, at a much higher cost to U.S. taxpayers. Based on the number of unaccompanied minors currently in HSS facilities, this prediction seems to have borne out.


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Summary by Lorelei Yang

(Photo Credit: iStockphoto.com / spukkato)

AKA

Families, Not Facilities Act of 2018

Official Title

To reduce the ability of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to engage in inappropriate civil immigration enforcement actions that harm unaccompanied alien children and to ensure the safety and welfare of unaccompanied alien children.

    Children are not bait for the xenophobic racist agenda of this xenophobic racist administration. You people need therapy to deal with your wild delusions and extreme paranoid fears. People are people everywhere and deserve to be treated with respect and humanity.
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    This is stupid. We’ll have tons of people coming to “accompany children”. If we’re tough on illegal immigration & stronger on border security, there wouldn’t even be unaccompanied illegal children here. Leftists will do anything to poke loopholes in illegal immigration & the worthless racist “argument” is the only one I ever see them use
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    Yes, we need immigration reform but what trump and GOP are doing is criminal. People are mean and uncaring. What has happened to America???
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    TRUMP NEEDS TO BE LOCKED UP FOR MASS CHILD ABUSE!!!! CRIMES ON HUMANITY!!! TRUMP = ANTI AMERICAN!!!! LOCK UP THE ABUSER SCUMBAG. MOST AMERICANS LOATHE HIM. MAJORITY WANTS TRUMP PUNISHED!
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    Absolutely not! Follow the law! Illegal aliens need to be returned to their country. We need to properly vet anyone who comes. Not just let in someone because they sent their kids ahead alone. Obviously they are not good parents to send their kids alone and forcing their kids to break the law.
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    these are all illegal aliens coming forward to care for unaccompanied children. they have no right to be in this country. Deport them immediately
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    We are a compassionate nation. Tearing children from their parents or not allowing parents to care for their children is not The American Way. Or is it the new American Way?
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    Deport the republicans, they’re the real strain on our institutions.
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    It was a trap, and it needs to stop.
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    How sick is this? The cruelty of ICE and this administration continues to increase exponentially. These fuckers are sick in the head to do this.
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    Why are these detentions only occurring on the southern border? How is is it that only at southern ports of entry are the numbers of people being processed for asylum so severely restricted? How come children continue to be stripped from their parents and forced into concentration camps as “unaccompanied minors”? What need is being filled by ICE indiscriminately arresting and detaining children and families?
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    We need to return to welcoming immigrants and refugees with open arms – not imprisoning them—killing them. Troops at the border? Ridiculous. This is a good beginning at reclaiming our morals.
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    IT’S THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE FEDERAL’S TO PROTECT THE NATION The LAW of the land is the LAW and must be abided to according to the Constitution. The federal government has a responsibility to enforce immigration law. If the people coming forward to care for unaccompanied minors are also in the country illegally then HHS should be able to share that information with ICE, so that they can be vetted and immigration courts can hear their case. SneakyPete. 🤔🤷🏼‍♂️👍🏻🤷‍♀️🤔. 12*16*18.....
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    I’m willing to support anything that broaches a humanitarian approach here. We are breaking international law and disgracing the legacy of our forefathers through our actions at the border. Are we the Land of the Free, or the Land of the Fearful?
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    Kamala Harris is a sponsor of this bill. So my vote is no to progressives, lefties Socialists and lawbreakers. This proposed law opens a new pathway to illegal alien migration or a pathway to increase social welfare handouts. Is the Senator hoping for donations to for the presidential run?
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    I vote no. Hell no. The left wingers, human traffickers and illegals will exploit this loophole all the way to the moon and back! Every illegal family will suddenly have an “child” registered with the Department of Health & Human Services. Thus preventing anyone in that family or extended family from ever being deported! You low life pieces of crap who dreamt this up. Designed to tie the hands of law enforcement and our immigration courts both of whom are already overwhelmed. Left wing lawyers. Damn you. Your treasonous souls are an appalling dump heap of the most disgusting garbage imaginable.
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    People coming here illegally are responsible for their own actions and behavior. It is awful to know that the Left has spread false information to the poor in Central America about the requirements for acceptance into the USA. When will the Left be held accountable for their despicable actions?
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    Our collective responsibility to treat other human beings with grace should trump this perverse and pervasive belief that all “illegal” immigrants are evil criminals “stealing our jobs and raping our woman and invading our country” like the Fearmonger in Chief wants us to believe. This bill is about protecting children. Humanity first, people...come on.
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    Stop this !
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    People here illegally should not be here. If they are here illegally, what are the chances that they will bring the child back on their hearing date? Virtually nil.
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