Nadler Introduces Keep Families Together Act to End Family Separation at the Border
Washington, DC, June 19, 2018
Today, House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) led more than 190 House Democrats in introducing the Keep Families Together Act, H.R. 6135, legislation to end family separation at the U.S. border. In addition to Rep. Nadler, original House cosponsors of the legislation include: Subcommittee on Immigration Ranking Member Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL), Rep. Ted W. Lieu (D-CA), Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), Rep. Jimmy Panetta (D-CA) and House Democratic leadership. Ranking Member Nadler’s legislation is the House companion to the legislation introduced by Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Diane Feinstein (D-CA) earlier this month.
The Keep Families Together Act would:
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Wednesday at 1p.m.: House Democrats to Hold Press Conference on Keep Families Together Act
Speakers: Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee
House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)
Wendy Young, Executive Director of Kids in Need of Defense (KIND)
Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), Ranking Member of the Immigration Subcommittee
Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL)
Rep. Ted W. Lieu (D-CA)
Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA)
Rep. Jimmy Panetta (D-CA)
Date: Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Time: 1:00 p.m. ET
Location: East front steps of the U.S. Capitol
U.S. House of Representatives
Nadler Leads Father’s Day Visit to Immigrant Detention Facility
On Father’s Day, Democratic Members of Congress from New York and New Jersey, led by House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), joined immigration rights advocates at the Elizabeth Contract Detention Facility in Elizabeth, NJ to conduct an unannounced inspection of the detention facility and speak with asylum seekers who have been separated from their children and detained as a direct result of the Trump Administration’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy.
Trump Administration Continues to Lie about Family Separation
President Donald Trump is lying when he says family separation is required by the laws on the books. As fact-checkers at the Washington Post and elsewhere have concluded, there is simply NO law that requires family separation. What is causing children to be taken from their parents is the deliberate choice—the Trump Administration’s “zero tolerance” policy—to prosecute asylum seeking families at the border for illegal entry.
Speaker Ryan’s Immigration Bill Does Not End Family Separation
House Speaker Paul Ryan’s so-called compromise bill would not end family separation or limit the Trump Administration’s “zero tolerance” prosecution policy. Instead, the bill authorizes prolonged family detention for the subset of families who are not prosecuted and separated. The bill specifically overrides the Flores settlement agreement, and various Federal court orders, that limit how long children can be held in immigration-related custody. By overriding the Flores agreement, the bill also eliminates decades of court-ordered protections on how children may be housed and treated by the Federal government.
Organizations Support Keep Families Together Act
The House version of the Keep Families Together Act is endorsed by the ACLU, Kids in Need of Defense, Human Rights First, Washington Office on Latin America, Women's Refugee Commission, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, Latin American Working Group, NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice, New York Immigration Coalition, Third Way, Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights, Indivisible, Public Counsel’s Immigrants’ Rights Project, MomsRising, America’s Voice, Legal Aid Justice Center, Al Otro Lado, Amnesty International USA, Anti-Defamation League, Center for Gender & Refugee Studies, UnidosUS, Hispanic Federation, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, Church World Service, Main Street Alliance, Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project, Kino Border Initiative, National Immigrant Justice Center, The Children’s Partnership, SchoolHouse Connection, Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, National Hispanic Leadership Agenda and more.