Summary

To provide protection for children affected by the immigration laws of the United States, and for other purposes. Read More

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This bill was introduced on Jul 21, 2011, in a previous session of Congress, but was not passed.

Bill Text

A BILL

To provide protection for children affected by the immigration laws of the United States, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

This Act may be cited as the ``Humane Enforcement and Legal Protections for Separated Children Act'' or the ``HELP Separated Children Act''.

SEC. 2. DEFINITIONS.

For the purposes of this Act: (1) Apprehension.--The term ``apprehension'', in the context of an immigration enforcement-related activity, means government detention, arrest, or custody, or any significant deprivation of an individual's freedom of action by government officials or entities acting under agreement with the Department of Homeland Security for suspicion of violations under the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1101 et seq.). (2) Immigration enforcement-related activity.--The term ``immigration enforcement-related activity'' means the questioning of, apprehension of, detention of, or request for or issuance of a detainer for one or more individuals for suspected or confirmed violations of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1101 et seq.) by the Department of Homeland Security or cooperating entities. (3) SSA.--The term ``SSA'' means the appropriate State or local social service agency, including nongovernmental organizations, child welfare agencies, child protective service agencies, school and head start administrators, legal service providers, and hospitals.

SEC. 3. APPREHENSION PROCEDURES FOR IMMIGRATION ENFORCEMENT-RELATED ACTIVITIES.

(a) In General.--Any immigration enforcement-related activity engaged in by the Department of Homeland Security or by other entities under agreement with the Department of Homeland Security...

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The bill would help prioritize the release of parents or caregivers who have pending immigration cases, as enforcement actions such as apprehension and detention often separate families. It would also provide much-needed guidance and training to state and local child welfare and law enforcement officials so that the best interests of immigrant children are protected. I recognize the responsibility of the government to enforce immigration laws, but I believe this responsibility must be accompanied by the protection of children and families. As your constituent, I urge you to support and consider co-sponsorship of the Humane Enforcement and Legal Protections for Separated Children Act. http://www.lirs.org/c.nhLPJ0PMKuG/b.5542963/k.8BDA/Action_Center/siteapps/advocacy/ActionItem.aspx?c=nhLPJ0PMKuG&b=5542963&aid=16290

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The bill would help prioritize the release of parents or caregivers who have pending immigration cases, as enforcement actions such as apprehension and detention often separate families. It would also provide much-needed guidance and training to state and local child welfare and law enforcement officials so that the best interests of immigrant children are protected.

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Bill Summary

H.R. 2606 New York City Natural Gas Supply Enhancement Act H.R. 2608 Continuing Appropriations Act, 2012