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house Bill H.R. 2842

Should Members of Congress Be Able to Enter Immigrant Detention Centers With 48 Hours Notice?

Argument in favor

Congressional oversight of immigrant detention centers is needed to ensure that they take adequate care of the detainees in their custody. This is especially important given the allegations of poor conditions and inhumane treatment of detainees at these facilities, and that many detainees are in poor health after an arduous journey across the border.

larubia's Opinion
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06/23/2019
They should be able to enter without notice! They should be able to document conditions with pen & paper, photos, & videos. They should be granted access to every single area, to ask questions of any person, and to have access to any documentation they request. They are our representatives. It is their job to ensure our tax dollars are not being used inappropriately. It is their job to be informed. Not allowing Congress access to the biggest crisis we have, screams of cover up. From the information we already have, we know there are problems. We know children are sick, dying, being taken away from their parents, and becoming lost! There is something wrong. There is something immoral. There is something evil happening. I’m tired of my tax dollars being spent to treat other humans in this way. Congress needs access to investigate & begin working to resolve this crisis. To end mass immigration from countries, you need to WORK ON ROOT CAUSES! Not torture families fleeing violence.
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Henry's Opinion
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06/23/2019
Yes but why a 48 hour wait? Any inspection should be at any time. The only reason for a wait time is if someone has something to hide.
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Mancos's Opinion
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06/23/2019
Detention facilities should be held to the same standard of “notice” as ICE agents are when they conduct surprise raids. This issue must be addressed in a bi-partisan way through legislation. What is the hold up McConnell? Fear of the orange idiot in the WH?
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Argument opposed

There are already multiple existing oversight processes for immigrant detention centers through ICE’s Office of Detention Oversight; a private company, Nakamoto Group; and the general public, through a process called “stakeholder procedures.” Plus, 2018 legislation already gave members of Congress the ability to drop in to visit detention centers for children, who are the most vulnerable population in detention facilities.

Jeff's Opinion
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06/23/2019
No. Access should be granted instantly at any time. What is being hidden in these camps?
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Cynthia's Opinion
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06/23/2019
Members of Congress should be able to access these concentration camps at all times. It’s time for the citizens of this country to know what is being done in our name.
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John's Opinion
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06/23/2019
Members of Congress should be allowed to get into any facility like this when they want to instantly. They should be allowed anywhere except secured military bases wherever they want. I’m more surprised that they can’t go where they want to.
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    They should be able to enter without notice! They should be able to document conditions with pen & paper, photos, & videos. They should be granted access to every single area, to ask questions of any person, and to have access to any documentation they request. They are our representatives. It is their job to ensure our tax dollars are not being used inappropriately. It is their job to be informed. Not allowing Congress access to the biggest crisis we have, screams of cover up. From the information we already have, we know there are problems. We know children are sick, dying, being taken away from their parents, and becoming lost! There is something wrong. There is something immoral. There is something evil happening. I’m tired of my tax dollars being spent to treat other humans in this way. Congress needs access to investigate & begin working to resolve this crisis. To end mass immigration from countries, you need to WORK ON ROOT CAUSES! Not torture families fleeing violence.
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    No. Access should be granted instantly at any time. What is being hidden in these camps?
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    Members of Congress should be able to access these concentration camps at all times. It’s time for the citizens of this country to know what is being done in our name.
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    Yes but why a 48 hour wait? Any inspection should be at any time. The only reason for a wait time is if someone has something to hide.
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    Members of Congress should be allowed to get into any facility like this when they want to instantly. They should be allowed anywhere except secured military bases wherever they want. I’m more surprised that they can’t go where they want to.
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    Detention facilities should be held to the same standard of “notice” as ICE agents are when they conduct surprise raids. This issue must be addressed in a bi-partisan way through legislation. What is the hold up McConnell? Fear of the orange idiot in the WH?
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    I have to go along with the representative from Colorado on this. Though it is claimed there is access to detention centers, this and several other representatives have been denied access on at least three separate occasions. I have read of occasions when Representatives have had appointments and still are turned away. This is necessary for oversight and at least improved if not complete transparency with ICE which is proving to be the least trustworthy agency in the US. My only concern is why a representative of the US government would not be granted immediate access to a detention center if there were nothing to hide.
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    Members of Congress should be able to enter detention facilities with no notice. Further, they should stay for lunch and/or dinner and be fed the same meals that the asylum seekers are fed.
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    Members of Congress should be allowed to enter immigration detention centers at any point in time without any notice! If they have to give notice, it only allows these centers to hide any sort of atrocities that they don’t want people to see!
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    Absolutely let members of Congress into immigrant detention centers. They represent the citizens of USA. We have a right to oversight of executive branch and agencies. Transparency is needed on immigration situation. trump and trump’s corrupt criminal regime is sneaky, secretive and corrupt. We cannot trust this trump regime.
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    Access to detention facilities should be immediate. Senators and Representatives: you are being judged for not acting humane towards CHILDREN who are being mistreated! God will judge you and your constituents as well! You better be afraid! Do the right thing!
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    Members of Congress shouldn't be required to warn anyone before inspection! Because warning someone your inspecting them usually defeats the purpose!
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    They are our public Representatives, they should be able to enter those facilities without any notice! Somebody in the Trump Administration is making money off this tragedy, Taxpayers money!
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    With more then two dozen children dead that were in our care... I think a LOT more oversight would be good! Why should anyone have to wait to enter?
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    In fact they should be able to come anytime! What are they trying to hide!?
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    With the reports of inhumane treatment of detainees, Congress has a right as well as a duty to see for themselves, go where-ever they want, talk to anyone they want. Once again- "checks and balances". Nursing homes in most states have unannounced inspections to assure that proper standards are met and that residents are properly treated, I see little difference except this is a matter of our nation abiding by its own standards. I support anytime access for Congressional representatives, with appropriate delays to ensure their security.
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    Access to these facilities by members of Congress should be without condition. What is happening in these detention centers is a crime against humanity.
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    I feel that 48 hours notice is a bit too generous. Congressmen/women should be able to show up completely unannounced and with up to 5 personal guests. This manufactured crisis at the border needs all the attention it can get. As a parent and a patriot nothing angers me like knowing we are intentionally mistreating people. Many of whom are children.
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    Legislators must be able to visit these facilities at any time. Reported conditions at these detainment centers are a tragedy and a stain on our country’s history.
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    Yes, AND also to be able to access just by showing up, without notice. These people represent me. The concentration camps are being paid for by my tax money. This is unacceptable and abhorrent. CPS should be banging down the doors to these places.
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