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Cornyn, Cuellar Offer HUMANE Act to Solve Border Crisis




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July 14, 2014, 2:52pm
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WASHINGTON-- Tomorrow U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, the Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration, Refugees, and Border Security, and U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Texas, a member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security, will introduce the Helping Unaccompanied Minors and Alleviating National Emergency (HUMANE) Act, legislation designed to reform current law and solve the ongoing humanitarian crisis on our southern border.

“Today Congressman Cuellar and I are proposing a solution to the current crisis on our border,” said Sen. Cornyn. “Our proposal would improve the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2008, treating all unaccompanied minors equally and ensuring Due Process under the law in a timely, fair manner.”

“The border region in Texas has been overwhelmed over the past few months by a deluge of undocumented immigrants from Central America,” said Congressman Cuellar. “Today’s legislation strengthens current law protecting unaccompanied children and responds to the crisis while supporting the men and women of Border Patrol. I would like to thank Senator John Cornyn for partnering with me on this legislation and I ask my colleagues in the House and Senate to act quickly on this bill.”

The HUMANE Act would:

· Improve the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA) of 2008--treating all unaccompanied migrant children crossing our border with equality under the law, and allowing for voluntary reunification with family, whether they are from Mexico, Central America, or any other country.


· Keep current protections for safe repatriation.


· Allow unaccompanied migrant children who have a claim to remain legally in the United States to make this claim in court before an immigration judge within 7 days of the completion of Health and Human Services screening under the TVPRA of 2008. It authorizes up to 40 new immigration judges for this purpose, and keeps current law in place requiring HHS to make all efforts to secure pro-bono legal counsel for the child.


· Require immigration judges to make a determination as to whether an unaccompanied migrant child is eligible to remain in the United States within 72 hours of making their claim. Children who succeed in their claim will be allowed to remain in the United States in the custody of a sponsor while they pursue their legal remedies. Children who do not successfully make such a claim will be reunited with family in their home country.


· Require the Secretary of Health and Human Services to provide unaccompanied migrant children with protective shelter while they are awaiting their initial hearing in court before a judge.


· Allow access to these expedited court hearings for unaccompanied migrant children who have already been released to sponsors with notices to appear in immigration court.


· Require the Secretary of Health and Human Services to conduct FBI fingerprint background checks on any person taking custody of an unaccompanied alien child. Prohibits the Secretary from releasing children to persons convicted of sex offenses and human trafficking.


· Require a plan and provide for additional resources necessary for operational control of our southern border.
 

Your Opinions and Comments

 
New Guy  
Wilson County  
July 31, 2014 8:41pm
 
Do nothing Congress, going home without passing crap. Great job GOP, how do you say "Clinton 4 more years". Thanks for giving her hope.

 
Johnny Partain  
McAllen, TX  
July 15, 2014 3:01pm
 
Congress owns this issue and Rep Cuellar is the only Congressman demonstrating any leadership whatsoever. He also advertises to his constituents that they can come to his office for help and he seems to want to actually be part ... More ›

 
Johnny Partain  
McAllen, TX  
July 15, 2014 2:45pm
 
Sorry Serious Thinker. I actually agree on most of Cornyn's positions, but he protects the corruption in the judiciary and has no shame about it.

 
PRAIRIE GROUCH  
GRAND PRAIRIE TX  
July 15, 2014 7:35am
 
Releasing illegal minors to illegal adults. They continue to confuse this old simple country man. It's not inhumane to refuse entry to well fed and well clothed minors.

 
Serious Thinker  
La Vernia  
July 15, 2014 7:06am
 
This is BUNK! I was the opposite as Mr Partain, I never have like Cuellar - he is a Liberal Spending Democrat. I have always supported Cornyn, but not on this one.

 
Johnny Partain  
McAllen, TX  
July 14, 2014 5:16pm
 
For good reason I don't like Cornyn, but I was liking Cuellar until about now. What do you mean to repatriate unaccompanied children with parents that abandoned them or expose them to danger? Come on, this is certainly worse ... More ›

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