|You might favor this bill if:
► You believe children of detained parents should be protected by allowing parents to arrange for the care of their children, and be able to participate in family court proceedings during an arrest by U.S. immigration authorities. Parents should be allowed to to say goodbye to their children prior to being taken into custody.
|You might oppose this bill if:
► You believe that crossing the border illegally is unlawful and illegal actions have consequences. In order to have better border security, the law must be enforced with zero tolerance, even at the expense of detainee's children.
The HELP Separated Children Act would protect the safety and well-being of minor children who have been left alone and vulnerable after their parents have been arrested or detained by U.S. immigration authorities.
Specifically, the bill would include several protections for children:
- Parents would be allowed to make calls to arrange for the care of their children, ensuring children can call and visit their parents while they are detained;
- parents could participate in family court proceedings affecting their children;
- children would be protected from being forced to translate interrogations;
- parents would be allowed to coordinate their departures with their children, including allowing parents to say goodbye to their children prior to being taken into custody; and
- ICE would be required to consider the best interests of children in detention, release, and transfer decisions affecting their parents.
According to a 2011 study by the Pew Research Center, there are more than five million children in the United States living with at least one unauthorized immigrant parent. The vast majority of these children are U.S. citizens. The bill would protect these children by allowing parents to make arrangements for the care of their children. According to Sen. Smith, "this not only results in serious, avoidable trauma to children and families, but also unnecessary expenses for the state."
Another 2011 study by the Applied Research Center states that “ICE and arresting police officers too often refuse to allow parents to make arrangements for their children.” Detainee's children are oftentimes being left unnoticed for 72 hours or more.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has defended the policy.
President Trump blames Democrats and Congress.
It is the Democrats fault for being weak and ineffective with Boarder Security and Crime. Tell them to start thinking about the people devastated by Crime coming from illegal immigration. Change the laws!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 18, 2018
Sponsored by: Sen. Smith, Tina [D-MN].
Cosponsored by: 0 Rep / 15 Dem.
Sponsored by: Rep. Roybal-Allard, Lucille [D-CA-40].
Cosponsored by: 0 Rep / 24 Dem / 1 Ind.