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KIDS IN NEED OF DEFENSE

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KIDS IN NEED OF DEFENSE

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  • H.R. 3524, Northern Triangle and Border Stabilization Act of 2019, provisions related to unaccompanied children, standards for children and use of child welfare professionals in federal facilities, expansion of refugee and asylum processing, root causes of migration H.R.2836, the Central American Women and Children Protection Act of 2019, all provisions H.R. 3729/S. 661, Child Trafficking Victims Protection and Welfare Act, all provisions related to treatment and legal rights of migrant and refugee children at the border, training of staff, screening by child welfare professionals, conditions for children in custody, and tracking of families in immigration system. S. 662, Fair Day in Court for Kids Act of 2019, all provisions H.R. 3239/S. 2135, Humane Standards for Individuals in CBP Custody Act, provisions related to standards for children in custody S. 2113, Stop Cruelty to Migrant Children Act, provisions related to access to counsel, family separation, standards for CBP facilities H.R.5581, the Access to Counsel Act of 2020, all provisions House, legislation related to processing of children and families Senate, legislation related to hiring child welfare professionals to ensure safety and well-being of children in CBP facilities Senate, legislation related to standards for influx facilities housing unaccompanied children Budget/appropriations: House and Senate FY21 Homeland Security appropriations-- provisions related to hiring child welfare professionals at the border, improving medical care for children, provisions and report language related to preventing family separation, reporting on use of such practices, preventing the use of sponsor information for immigration enforcement purposes, limits on use of information from confidential ORR counseling sessions. House and Senate FY21 State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs appropriations--provisions and report language related to addressing country conditions and root causes of migration; preventing and combating violence (including sexual and gender-based violence), corruption and impunity, and increasing support services and safe shelter for survivors; funding to support strengthening asylum systems and access to protection in the region; funding for US Strategy for Engagement in Central America. House and Senate FY21 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies appropriations-- provisions related to funding of UAC program and legal services; oversight/monitoring of ORR facilities, use of small-scale facilities, and standards for influx facilities; post-18 planning; due process related to use of video teleconference hearings, expedited dockets and notices to appear; preventing use of sponsor information for immigration enforcement purposes, limits on sharing of information from confidential ORR counseling sessions; safeguards when fingerprinting youth in ORR custody; tracking and reunification of separated children; care and reunification of children in Category 4. H.R. 1865, Further Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2020 - provisions referenced above. Issues: Impact of COVID-19 pandemic and response on unaccompanied children (including importance of postponement of EOIR hearings, extension of EOIR and USCIS case and filing deadlines; prevention and treatment of COVID-19 and care, services, and prompt release for unaccompanied children in ORR custody; extension of deadlines for regulatory public comment periods) Impact of COVID-19 response and related border closure on access to protection for unaccompanied children and asylum seekers (expulsions of unaccompanied children and asylum seekers, TVPRA protections, international legal obligations) Access to legal representation for unaccompanied children Detention of and enforcement against migrant and refugee families and children (including impact of Migrant Protection Protocols on unaccompanied children; separation of families and related oversight; DHS-HHS MOA and sharing of information from confidential ORR counseling sessions) Treatment of children and conditions in CBP custody (hiring of child welfare professionals for screening, improved care and medical care for children; monitoring and oversight of facility conditions, compliance with standards, and treatment of children; standards for separations; prevention of abuse) Use, monitoring and oversight, standards for and conditions in ORR influx facilities; oversight of ORR facilities housing unaccompanied children Protections for immigrant and refugee youth and unaccompanied children (including the Flores Settlement Agreement; Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act; determinations of unaccompanied child status) Administration of the immigration courts/immigration proceedings (impacts of video teleconferencing hearings, expedited dockets, duplicate proceedings/notices to appear (MPP) on unaccompanied children, postponement of hearings during COVID-19 pandemic). Administration of benefits, procedures, and protections for child asylum seekers, child victims of trafficking or severe crime, and those seeking Special Immigrant Juvenile status Root causes of migration/regional stability (funding and policies to address country conditions and violence, including sexual and gender-based violence, and corruption/impunity; enhancing capacity of protection systems and access to protection) Ability of unaccompanied children and asylum seekers to access U.S. to request humanitarian protection (use of metering, turn-backs, Migrant Protection Protocols for families, border closure/guidance in relation to COVID-19) Availability of asylum protection and applicable standards/scope of review for survivors of domestic and gang violence, and families USCIS initial jurisdiction over unaccompanied children's asylum claims, policies related to protections for UACs and asylum claims DHS and HHS final rule on the Flores Settlement Agreement Implementation and oversight of asylum agreements with Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras, and impact on unaccompanied children
  • House and Senate FY21 Homeland Security appropriations--provisions related to hiring child welfare professionals at the border, improving medical care for children, provisions and report language related to preventing family separation, reporting on use of such practices, preventing the use of sponsor information for immigration enforcement purposes, limits on use of information from confidential ORR counseling sessions. House and Senate FY21 State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs appropriations--provisions and report language related to addressing country conditions and root causes of migration; preventing and combating violence (including sexual and gender-based violence), corruption and impunity, and increasing support services and safe shelter for survivors; funding to support strengthening asylum systems and access to protection in the region; funding for US Strategy for Engagement in Central America. House and Senate FY21 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies appropriations-- provisions related to funding of UAC program and legal services; oversight/monitoring of ORR facilities, use of small-scale facilities, and standards for influx facilities; post-18 planning; due process related to use of video teleconference hearings, expedited dockets and notices to appear; preventing use of sponsor information for immigration enforcement purposes, limits on sharing of information from confidential ORR counseling sessions; safeguards when fingerprinting youth in ORR custody; tracking and reunification of separated children; care and reunification of children in Category 4. H.R. 1865, Further Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2020 - provisions referenced above. Issues: Impact of COVID-19 pandemic and response on unaccompanied children (including importance of postponement of EOIR hearings, extension of EOIR and USCIS case and filing deadlines; prevention and treatment of COVID-19 and care, services, and prompt release for unaccompanied children in ORR custody; extension of deadlines for regulatory public comment periods) Impact of COVID-19 response and related border closure on access to protection for unaccompanied children and asylum seekers (expulsions of unaccompanied children and asylum seekers, TVPRA protections, international legal obligations) Access to legal representation for unaccompanied children Detention of and enforcement against migrant and refugee families and children (including impact of Migrant Protection Protocols on unaccompanied children; separation of families and related oversight; DHS-HHS MOA and sharing of information from confidential ORR counseling sessions) Treatment of children and conditions in CBP custody (hiring of child welfare professionals for screening, improved care and medical care for children; monitoring and oversight of facility conditions, compliance with standards, and treatment of children; standards for separations; prevention of abuse) Use, monitoring and oversight, standards for and conditions in ORR influx facilities; oversight of ORR facilities housing unaccompanied children Protections for immigrant and refugee youth and unaccompanied children (including the Flores Settlement Agreement; Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act; determinations of unaccompanied child status) Administration of the immigration courts/immigration proceedings (impacts of video teleconferencing hearings, expedited dockets, duplicate proceedings/notices to appear (MPP) on unaccompanied children, postponement of hearings during COVID-19 pandemic). Administration of benefits, procedures, and protections for child asylum seekers, child victims of trafficking or severe crime, and those seeking Special Immigrant Juvenile status Root causes of migration/regional stability (funding and policies to address country conditions and violence, including sexual and gender-based violence, and corruption/impunity; enhancing capacity of protection systems and access to protection) Ability of unaccompanied children and asylum seekers to access U.S. to request humanitarian protection (use of metering, turn-backs, Migrant Protection Protocols for families, border closure/guidance in relation to COVID-19) Availability of asylum protection and applicable standards/scope of review for survivors of domestic and gang violence, and families USCIS initial jurisdiction over unaccompanied children's asylum claims, policies related to protections for UACs and asylum claims DHS and HHS final rule on the Flores Settlement Agreement Implementation and oversight of asylum agreements with Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras, and impact on unaccompanied children

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General Issues: Immigration, Budget/Appropriations

Spending: about $603,000 (But it's complicated. Here's why.)

Agencies lobbied since 2017: U.S. Senate, House of Representatives, Homeland Security - Dept of (DHS), Health & Human Services - Dept of (HHS), Justice - Dept of (DOJ), State - Dept of (DOS), Centers For Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), Office of Management & Budget (OMB), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)

Bills mentioned

H.R.601: Continuing Appropriations Act, 2018 and Supplemental Appropriations for...

Sponsor: Nita M. Lowey (D-N.Y.)

H.R.391: Asylum Reform and Border Protection Act of 2017

Sponsor: Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah)

H.R.495: Protection of Children Act of 2017

Sponsor: John Carter (R-Texas)

H.R.2798: No Russian DACHA Act

Sponsor: Bill Pascrell Jr. (D-N.J.)

H.R.2826: Refugee Program Integrity Restoration Act of 2017

Sponsor: Raúl Labrador (R-Idaho)

H.R.3548: Border Security for America Act of 2017

Sponsor: Michael McCaul (R-Texas)

H.R.3697: Criminal Alien Gang Member Removal Act

Sponsor: Barbara Comstock (R-Va.)

S.1757: Building America's Trust Act

Sponsor: John Cornyn (R-Texas)

S.1312: Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2017

Sponsor: Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa)

S.1311: Abolish Human Trafficking Act of 2017

Sponsor: John Cornyn (R-Texas)

S.1615: Dream Act of 2017

Sponsor: Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.)

S.1937: Border Security and Deferred Action Recipient Relief Act

Sponsor: Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.)

S.2192: SECURE Act of 2017

Sponsor: Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa)

H.R.2579: Broader Options for Americans Act

Sponsor: Pat Tiberi (R-Ohio)

H.R.4796: USA Act of 2018

Sponsor: Will Hurd (R-Texas)

S.2367: USA Act of 2018

Sponsor: Christopher A. Coons (D-Del.)

H.R.2043: Fair Day in Court for Kids Act of 2017

Sponsor: Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.)

S.2468: Fair Day in Court for Kids Act of 2018

Sponsor: Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii)

H.R.5850: Puerto Rico Higher Education Disaster Relief Act

Sponsor: Jenniffer González-Colón (R-Puerto Rico)

S.3106: Higher Education Mental Health Act of 2018

Sponsor: Bob Casey (D-Pa.)

H.R.3440: Dream Act of 2017

Sponsor: Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-Calif.)

H.R.6135: Keep Families Together Act

Sponsor: Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.)

S.3036: Keep Families Together Act

Sponsor: Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.)

H.R.2572: Protect Family Values at the Border Act

Sponsor: Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-Calif.)

H.R.5950: HELP Separated Children Act

Sponsor: Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-Calif.)

S.2937: HELP Separated Children Act

Sponsor: Tina Smith (D-Minn.)

H.RES.927: Condemning the Trump administration's zero tolerance policy.

Sponsor: Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.)

H.R.6136: Border Security and Immigration Reform Act of 2018

Sponsor: Robert W. Goodlatte (R-Va.)

H.R.4760: Securing America's Future Act of 2018

Sponsor: Robert W. Goodlatte (R-Va.)

H.R.6193: Central America Family Protection and Reunification Act

Sponsor: Eliot L. Engel (D-N.Y.)

S.3093: Keep Families Together and Enforce the Law Act

Sponsor: Thom Tillis (R-N.C.)

H.R.6190: Keep Families Together and Enforce the Law Act

Sponsor: Daniel Webster (R-Fla.)

H.R.6181: Keep Families Together and Enforce the Law Act

Sponsor: Rick Crawford (R-Ark.)

S.3091: Protect Kids and Parents Act

Sponsor: Ted Cruz (R-Texas)

H.R.6195: Protect Kids and Parents Act

Sponsor: David A. Brat (R-Va.)

S.3227: REUNITE Act

Sponsor: Kamala Harris (D-Calif.)

S.3478: FAMILIES Act

Sponsor: Ron Johnson (R-Wis.)

S.3540: Central America Reform and Enforcement Act

Sponsor: Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.)

S.3474: Responsibility for Unaccompanied Minors Act

Sponsor: Rob Portman (R-Ohio)

H.R.7030: Prevent CHILD Harm Act of 2018

Sponsor: Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.)

H.R.7047: Child Trafficking Victims Protection and Welfare Act

Sponsor: Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-Calif.)

S.3558: Child Trafficking Victims Protection and Welfare Act

Sponsor: Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii)

S.3567: No Internment Camps Act

Sponsor: Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.)

H.R.6692: Alternatives to Detention Act of 2018

Sponsor: Anthony Brown (D-Md.)

S.3624: Families, Not Facilities Act of 2018

Sponsor: Kamala Harris (D-Calif.)

S.662: Fair Day in Court for Kids Act of 2019

Sponsor: Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii)

S.661: Child Trafficking Victims Protection and Welfare Act of 2019

Sponsor: Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii)

S.663: Immigration Court Improvement Act of 2019

Sponsor: Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii)

H.R.541: Keep Families Together Act

Sponsor: Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.)

S.292: Keep Families Together Act

Sponsor: Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.)

H.R.3524: Northern Triangle and Border Stabilization Act

Sponsor: Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.)

H.R.2836: Central American Women and Children Protection Act of 2019

Sponsor: Norma Torres (D-Calif.)

S.1781: Central American Women and Children Protection Act of 2019

Sponsor: Marco Rubio (R-Fla.)

H.R.6: American Dream and Promise Act of 2019

Sponsor: Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-Calif.)

H.R.2203: Homeland Security Improvement Act

Sponsor: Veronica Escobar (D-Texas)

H.R.3239: Humanitarian Standards for Individuals in Customs and Border Protection...

Sponsor: Raul Ruiz (D-Calif.)

S.1494: Secure and Protect Act of 2019

Sponsor: Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.)

H.R.2522: HUMANE Act of 2019

Sponsor: Henry Cuellar (D-Texas)

S.1303: HUMANE Act of 2019

Sponsor: John Cornyn (R-Texas)

H.R.2347: Border and Refugee Assistance Act of 2019

Sponsor: Filemon Vela (D-Texas)

S.1165: Responsibility for Unaccompanied Minors Act

Sponsor: Rob Portman (R-Ohio)

H.R.3729: Child Trafficking Victims Protection and Welfare Act

Sponsor: Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-Calif.)

H.R.3452: Help Separated Families Act of 2019

Sponsor: Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-Calif.)

S.2135: Humanitarian Standards for Individuals in Customs and Border Protection...

Sponsor: Tom Udall (D-N.M.)

S.2219: A bill to clarify the rights of all persons who are held or detained at...

Sponsor: Kamala Harris (D-Calif.)

S.2113: Stop Cruelty to Migrant Children Act

Sponsor: Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.)

H.R.4378: Continuing Appropriations Act, 2020, and Health Extenders Act of 2019

Sponsor: Nita M. Lowey (D-N.Y.)

H.R.4599: The Southern Border Communities Relief Act of 2019

Sponsor: Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.)

H.R.1865: Further Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2020

Sponsor: Bill Pascrell Jr. (D-N.J.)

H.R.5581: Access to Counsel Act of 2020

Sponsor: Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.)

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Cory Shindel Policy Associate
Cory Smith n/a
Jason Boyd n/a

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