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house Bill H.R. 883

Should Victims of the Family Separation Policy Be Granted Legal Resident Status & a Path to Citizenship?

Argument in favor

Last summer’s family separation policy was cruel and inhumane. Granting the victims of that policy legal residency in the U.S., along with a path to citizenship, is the least the U.S. can do to try to make amends.

mkettleson's Opinion
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02/23/2019
Congress should publicize the FACTS about family separation and this administration's policy, so that FOX NEWS supporters understand the reality of net negative immigration and humanitarian response to refugees. Please support legislation that provides this kind of redress for our mistreatment of asylum seekers and also educates the many victims of right-wing misinformation about the real situation.
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Marizzapan's Opinion
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02/24/2019
The majority of these people were not breaking the law when they entered the country. They were asylum seekers, which means, they have to be inside the borders, by law, before they can seek and receive asylum. Therefore I support a path to citizenship for these people, reunification with their families/children and redress for the inhumane mistreatment they received at the hands of the cruel and corrupt republican party and trump administration. Those of you here who are screeching that these people entered illegally so therefore deserve everything they've received and/or should not be granted a path to citizenship, need to educate yourselves because your ignorance is an albatross around your neck and a disservice to the country.
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Pamela's Opinion
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02/23/2019
The people caught up in the family separation policy should be given priority status to citizenship since Trump did this horrible separation. Though they still need to pass the requirements for citizenship. Hopefully this will benefit them in some small way for the horrible thing Trump did to them.
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Argument opposed

The people detained under the family separation policy were unauthorized immigrants — they shouldn’t be given legal status and a pathway to citizenship simply because they were apprehended and separated.

Miles's Opinion
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02/23/2019
So what do I get when I break the law? A new car? Free house? Or just a free trip to jail since I’m actually a citizen? With the amount of money the IRS says illegals cost each year (~$90 Billion after the tiny amount of revenue they generate), that’s roughly $700 a year for every single household in America. Our economy is the real victim.
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SneakyPete's Opinion
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02/23/2019
No HR 883. They need to follow the legal process for access to USA 🇺🇸 The people detained under the family separation policy were unauthorized immigrants — they shouldn’t be given legal status and a pathway to citizenship simply because they were apprehended and separated. SneakyPete.......... 🤷🏼‍♂️🇺🇸🤷‍♀️🇺🇸🤷🏼‍♂️. 2*23*19........
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02/23/2019
Why should they get special treatment, if being separated at the border it’s for something illegal. No entry at all!
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What is House Bill H.R. 883?

This bill, the Families Belong Together Act, would seek to redress the harms committed against victims of last year’s family separation policy by giving them a path to legal status and eventual U.S. citizenship. Specifically, it would grant all affected children and their parents or legal guardians currently outside the U.S. the opportunity to return to live in the U.S. and the ability to adjust their status to Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) status. It’d also provide all affected children and their parents or legal guardians who haven’t committed serious criminal offenses a path to citizenship. Finally, it’d increase funding for federal programs to educate eligible children and their parents on their legal rights and help facilitate their access to counsel.

Impact

Families separated under the family separation policy; and immigration law.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 883

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-DepthRep. Joaquin Castro (D-TX) introduced this bill to put the victims of the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy on a path to legal status and eventual U.S. citizenship:

“The Trump Administration’s zero-tolerance immigration policy sparked a humanitarian crisis that led to the separation of migrant children from their families. Given the latest report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Inspector General that said thousands more were separated than previously know, we must hold this Administration accountable for rectifying this tragedy that will inevitably leave a dark stain on America’s history. While the trauma of this policy will leave a lasting impact on those affected, the Families Belong Together Act seeks to bring a modicum of justice by helping parents and children achieve lawful permanent resident status and authorizing money to help educate them on their legal rights as they enter the immigration process. We must prioritize the respect and dignity of those fleeing to our borders from violence and oppression, and this legislation is a first step towards doing just that.”

Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), the sponsor of the Senate version of this bill, called this bill the first step towards righting the wrong of family separation:

“This bicameral bill would provide the victims of the Trump Administration’s barbaric family separation policy with legal status and a path to citizenship to ensure that they receive treatment for the trauma they experienced and the opportunity to rebuild their families in safety. This bill is a necessary first step towards righting the wrong of family separation, but it is not the last step. I will continue to demand that every Administration official responsible for this cruel policy and its cover-up is held accountable. We must never again forget the simple and enduring truth that families belong together.”

This bill has six cosponsors, all of whom are Democrats. The Senate version of this bill, sponsored by Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), has no cosponsors.

This bill has the support of the National Immigrant Justice Center, Moms Rising, the Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence, Fair Immigration Reform Movement, and Kids in Need of Defense (KIND).


Of NoteOver 2,500 children were separated from their families at the southern border in summer 2018. However, a recent Office of the Health and Human Services (HHS) Inspector General report found that the Trump administration separated thousands more children from their families than was previously known, and reported that just how many families and children were affected is “unknown.”


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Summary by Lorelei Yang

(Photo Credit: iStockphoto.com / spukkato)

AKA

Families Belong Together Act

Official Title

To grant lawful permanent resident status to certain eligible persons who were separated from immediate family members by the Department of Homeland Security.

bill Progress


  • Not enacted
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  • The house has not voted
      house Committees
      Committee on the Judiciary
      Immigration and Citizenship
    IntroducedJanuary 30th, 2019
    Congress should publicize the FACTS about family separation and this administration's policy, so that FOX NEWS supporters understand the reality of net negative immigration and humanitarian response to refugees. Please support legislation that provides this kind of redress for our mistreatment of asylum seekers and also educates the many victims of right-wing misinformation about the real situation.
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    So what do I get when I break the law? A new car? Free house? Or just a free trip to jail since I’m actually a citizen? With the amount of money the IRS says illegals cost each year (~$90 Billion after the tiny amount of revenue they generate), that’s roughly $700 a year for every single household in America. Our economy is the real victim.
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    The majority of these people were not breaking the law when they entered the country. They were asylum seekers, which means, they have to be inside the borders, by law, before they can seek and receive asylum. Therefore I support a path to citizenship for these people, reunification with their families/children and redress for the inhumane mistreatment they received at the hands of the cruel and corrupt republican party and trump administration. Those of you here who are screeching that these people entered illegally so therefore deserve everything they've received and/or should not be granted a path to citizenship, need to educate yourselves because your ignorance is an albatross around your neck and a disservice to the country.
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    The people caught up in the family separation policy should be given priority status to citizenship since Trump did this horrible separation. Though they still need to pass the requirements for citizenship. Hopefully this will benefit them in some small way for the horrible thing Trump did to them.
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    No HR 883. They need to follow the legal process for access to USA 🇺🇸 The people detained under the family separation policy were unauthorized immigrants — they shouldn’t be given legal status and a pathway to citizenship simply because they were apprehended and separated. SneakyPete.......... 🤷🏼‍♂️🇺🇸🤷‍♀️🇺🇸🤷🏼‍♂️. 2*23*19........
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    Why should they get special treatment, if being separated at the border it’s for something illegal. No entry at all!
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    Don’t enter illegally, don’t get separated, actions have consequences that aren’t always pleasant.
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    They are refugees seeking asylum and we have a process we should adhere to. This "illegal" is wrong until the immigration folks deem them illegal. Turn off Fox and remember Trump is a pathological liar. This is the USA.
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    No. It will create a loophole in the process of becoming a legal citizen. One that will be taken advantage off. Anyone desperate enough to be in the U.S. will intentionally place their family in harms way to get easy citizenship. It’s like cutting in the lunch line.
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    Now that would teach him a lesson wouldn’t it? AND a small price to pay for all the damage he’s caused these innocent, desperate families! I say a resounding HELL, YES! Marrizapan, that was awesome!
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    If justice is to be served these families not only need to be reunited and granted permanent residency, they need to be given citizenship with no strings attached. They were/are coming here seeking asylum. Their rights to do that were violated, the children separated from the parents and illegally incarcerated as unaccompanied minors, and the parents deported without their children. They were declared criminals just for crossing the border. Justice is what they deserve and that means citizenship with no strings.
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    Everyone should have to go through the proper channels of the immigration process regardless of their situation.
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    If people decide to bring their children with them when they intend to break the law by entering a country illegally why should they or their family members be rewarded for this when they are jailed? Every day in this country parents who are arrested for crimes are separated from their families when jailed. Should their families also get some kind of reward when this happens? What ever happened to common sense?
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    Oh HELL no! We didn’t invite these people here. They invaded our country. They are lucky we fed and housed them.
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    They need to be vetted like any illegal and be put at the end of the line for legally immigrating into the US.
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    They still need to go through the application process. Perhaps get priority status & as fast as possible put them back with their children!!!
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    It’s the least why can do since we these people were treated so incredibly poorly!!
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    It’s the LEAST we can do for trumps immoral and illegal policies separating families seeking help.
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    Asylum seeking is a perfectly legal form of immigration. These families were legally seeking asylum. The Trump Administration ILLEGALLY locked up these children and ILLEGALLY drugged them. These families need to be automatically granted permanent residence and given reparations just as the US granted to the illegally detained Japanese. Only when we create the American Union in which all American nations north and south of the US-Mexico border allow their respective citizens to work and live in each others’ countries freely will we ever have a true United States of America. All Americans from both continents in all countries should be allowed to work and live in any country in North or South America they please. The true south (South America) will rise again. I vote we create a true United States of America as our name states, not this fake nation that seeks to divide America from both continents up.
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    That’s like saying my kids get to keep the banks money if I robbed a bank.
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