|You might favor this bill if:
► You believe immigration and ICE detention centers not only need congressional oversight, but any federal funds being used for construction or expansion of new facilities should be made unavailable. Detention beds should be decreased by using alternatives that are less costly to the taxpayer.
|You might oppose this bill if:
► You believe that protecting the border requires the use of more facilities across the country. These facilities should run independent from Congress.
The Detention Oversight Not Expansion (DONE) Act would increase oversight of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention centers, and halt funds for construction or expansion of new facilities.
The legislation would require the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to submit a report to Congress that includes a plan to decrease the number of detention beds by 50% by using alternatives to detention that are less costly to the taxpayer, requiring the DHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) to conduct and report unannounced inspections of all immigration detention facilities ensuring compliance with national standards, focusing on the health, safety, and care of detainees, especially as it relates to pregnant women. The DHS Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties would also conduct investigations, and submit a report to Congress.
The bill mandates that facility contracts be terminated for facilities receiving less than adequate ratings in the two most recent inspections, audits, or investigations conducted by DHS OIG.
President Trump's 2019 budget requests $2.7 billion for detention beds, indicating an intent to increase the capacity of detention centers across the country.
The DHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) has determined that ICE consistently undermines the rights of detainees, failing to treat them humanely and failing to provide a safe and healthy environment, often times ending in sexual harassment, medical negligence, failure to access a lawyer, or even death.
The legislation "one pager" by Sen. Kamala Harris states that:
- "between FY12 and March 2018, ICE received 1,448 allegations of sexual abuse in detention facilities. Only a small percent of these claims have been investigated by DHS OIG.";
- "While in ICE custody, detainees regularly receive substandard care. Pregnant women in particular receive insufficient medical attention while in custody, resulting in dehydration and even miscarriages.";
- "Detainees often struggle to secure representation due to language barriers, wait times in detention facilities, and distance between detention facilities and government provided aid, all of which raise serious due process concerns.";
- "There have been over 170 reported deaths in ICE custody since 2003."
President Trump argues that parents are sending the children on a dangerous and illegal trip. He wants Congress to change the laws on immigration instead.
Sponsored by: Sen. Harris, Kamala D. [D-CA].
Cosponsored by: 0 Rep / 0 Dem.
Sponsored by: Rep. Jayapal, Pramila [D-WA-7].
Cosponsored by: 0 Rep / 0 Dem.