|You might favor this bill if:
► You believe the Department of Health and Human Services (DHS) should be prohibited from operating unlicensed temporary emergency shelters for unaccompanied alien children. Migrants are not criminals, children should not be used as a strategy of deterrence, and asylum claims are to have due process.
|You might oppose this bill if:
► You believe DHS should be allowed to continue operating unlicensed temporary emergency shelters for unaccompanied alien children. The government is allowed to implement strategies of deterrence, which include the operation of these shelters.
The Shut Down Child Prison Camps Act prohibits the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) from operating unlicensed temporary emergency shelters for unaccompanied alien children, including the previously operational shelter in Tornillo, Texas and the shelter in Homestead, Florida.
In the act, the term “temporary emergency shelter” refers to an unlicensed care provider facility that provides temporary emergency shelter and services for unaccompanied alien children when licensed facilities are near or at capacity.
Sen. Jeff Merkley and Rep. Judy Chu announced the introduction of the bicameral legislation as direct action to shut down unregulated child prison camps for migrant children.
Specifically, the legislation mainly prohibits the use of emergency influx facilities like the Homestead detention center, prohibits the DHSS from sharing information with the Department of Homeland Security that could lead to the detention and deportation of family members or other sponsors willing to care for these children.