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senate Bill S. 1900

The Senate’s Bipartisan Border Crisis Funding Package

Argument in favor

Border security resources are overwhelmed because of the surge in apprehensions, which is creating a humanitarian crisis. This bipartisan bill would provide funding needed ensure detention facilities for unaccompanied children and migrant families are safe, secure, and not overcrowded while also speeding up immigration case processing to get them out of detention facilities sooner.

Frances's Opinion
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06/23/2019
But this bill MUST INCLUDE FEDERAL REGULATION OF THESE DETENTION CENTERS AND TAKE THEM OUT OF THE PRIVATE FOR-PROFIT COMPANIES THAT ONLY GOT THE CONTRACT BECAUSE THEY DONATED TO TRUMP--THEY ARE THE REASON THESE CENTERS EXIST--FOR TRUMP AND HIS CORRUPT CRONIES TO MAKE MONEY FROM HUMAN SUFFERING, AND THE DEATHS OF INNOCENT CHILDREN! BABIES AS YOUNG AS 4 MONTHS ARE STOLEN FROM THE ARMS OF THEIR PARENTS FOREVER, SO THAT BETSY DEVOS CAN MAKE MONEY ADOPTING THEM OUT! THERE SHOULD BE TOTAL TRANSPARENCY AT THESE CENTERS! SOCIAL SERVICES SHOULD BE ALLOWED IN AND MEDIA, SO WE CAN SEE WHAT OUR TAXES ARE PAYING FOR--THESE COMPANIES ARE MAKING BILLIONS FROM THE SUFFERING OF OTHERS AND JUST ADDING TO THAT SUFFERING! IT MAKES ME ASHAMED TO BE AN AMERICAN!
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Andrealana's Opinion
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06/25/2019
I support this bill only if there is strong oversight of the detention centers included. Clearly they cannot be trusted to do right on their own. We must make sure we take care of these people. Their care so far is atrocious. We are better than this.
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Leslie's Opinion
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06/25/2019
God Bless America! The ONLY REASON there is a Crisis is because Trump screwed around with the way Asylum Seekers were coming into America per 'Our Immigration Laws" that were in NO WAY illegal! SO YOU HAVE TO FIX THIS MESS......GO WITH THE HOUSE BILL AS IT HAS PROTECTIONS FOR THE ASYLUM SEEKERS
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Argument opposed

This bill is too narrowly focused on providing resources to address the border crisis. It should include broader, partisan changes to immigration policy even at the cost of bipartisan support for the bill and damaging its chance to become law. The bill should eliminate detention centers and ICE altogether. Alternatively, it should include funding to build a border wall.

Troy's Opinion
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06/25/2019
This is a Stephen Miller and Donald trump manufactured problem. Let them pay for it since they want concentration camps so badly. Better yet let out all the immigrants and put the current administration and the republicans controlled senate in there. We could accomplish so much more without soulless politicians pretending to be conservatives.
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Lilia's Opinion
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06/25/2019
We need to build the wall not accommodate people that are breaking the law and want to come for free.
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Marty's Opinion
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06/25/2019
If I read the nay correctly it stated that ice and detention centers to done away with which I am not for. I say jail the democrats for they are the one responsible for this abuse of the children and the abuse of the enforcement officers by this debacle of their actions.
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What is Senate Bill S. 1900?

This bill would provide $4.59 billion in funding to address the humanitarian and security crisis at the Southern border. It would provide funding for the care of migrants and unaccompanied alien children (UACs) in detention centers, increase resources for immigration courts to speed up case processing times, and prevent the diversion of funds from other programs to cope with the influx of migrants. A detailed breakdown of this bill’s provisions can be found below.

Homeland Security

Within the Dept. of Homeland Security (DHS), Customs and Border Protection (CBP) would receive the following:

  • $793 million for establishing and operating migrant care and processing facilities to improve conditions at border stations and ports of entry.

  • $112 million for migrant medical care and consumable goods such as clothing, baby formula, hygiene products, and other essential items.

  • $110 million for travel & overtime costs for DHS staff supporting CBP’s mission.

  • $50 million to improve immigration data systems and tools.

  • $35 million for transportation of migrants between facilities.

  • This section would also include provisions emphasizing CBP’s efforts to meet national standards within migrant processing facilities and CBP’s continued commitment to staffing along the Northern border.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) would receive:

  • $48 million for the transportation of unaccompanied alien children (UACs) and migrants among facilities.

  • $45 million for detainee medical care.

  • $70 million for travel, overtime costs, and pay adjustments for on-board DHS staff supporting ICE’s mission.

  • $21 million for Homeland Security Investigations counter-human trafficking operations.

  • $20 million for alternatives to detention.

  • $5 million for background investigations and facilities inspections by the Office of Professional Responsibility.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) would receive $30 million to reimburse states, local governments, and non-governmental organizations for care of homeless migrants.

Other provisions of this section would:

  • Stipulate that funding provided under this bill can only be used for the purpose it’s provided.

  • Extend the authorization of a portion of DHS’ research & development authority.

  • Prohibit the unilateral transfer of certain operations between certain DHS facilities.

  • Eliminate certain paperwork that would otherwise be required for components of DHS to volunteer in assisting with the humanitarian crisis on the Southwest border.

  • Require the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to produce a report on requirements related to immigration judges and asylum officers.

Health & Human Services

This section would provide $2.88 billion for the Dept. of Health & Human Services’ (HHS) Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC) program to cope with a 60% increase in the number of UACs detained over the last year. It’d allow HHS to resume offering a full range of services for children in their care and prevent the diversion of funds from other programs.

It would also include the following provisions aimed at ensuring the safety and welfare of UACs in HHS custody:

  • HHS would receive dedicated funding to expand its traditional state-licensed shelter capacity, post-release services to ensure children’s well-being, and the Office of Inspector General to expand its oversight of the UAC program.

  • The prioritization of community-based residential care and licensed facilities over large facilities.

  • Require HHS to provide guidance to shelter providers to ensure their awareness of current law requirements.

  • Administration policies on background checks and information sharing would be codified into law.

  • Influx shelters would only be used as a last resort, meet child welfare standards, and include frequent monitoring. A 15-day notification period would be required prior to opening an influx facility.

  • Senators and members of Congress would have access to shelters for oversight purposes.

  • HHS would be required to provide publicly available information on UACs who’ve been separated from a parent, including for child safety or welfare concerns.

Justice

This section would provide $65 million to the Executive Office for Immigration Review, which would facilitate 30 new immigration judge teams and fund the Legal Orientation Program to educate detainees about the immigration court process and thus expedite immigration court proceedings.

It would also provide $155 million to the U.S. Marshals Service for emergency expenditures related to the housing, transportation, and care of federal immigration detainees.

Defense

This section would provide $145 million to support multiple missions at the border, including the use of rotary-wing aviation support, strategic lift, medical assistance, mobile surveillance, command and control, and maintenance activities. Funds would go to the operation and maintenance accounts of the Army, Marine Corps, Air Force, and Army National Guard.

Impact

Detained migrants; immigration courts; DOJ; HHS; DOD; and DHS.

Cost of Senate Bill S. 1900

$4.59 Billion
The CBO estimates that enacting this bill would cost $4.586 billion in FY2019.

More Information

In-Depth: Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Richard Shelby (R-AL) introduced this bill to provide emergency resources for humanitarian assistance and security at the Southern border:

“This package does not include everything I wanted. It does not include everything Vice Chairman Leahy wanted. But most importantly, it does not include poison pills from either party… In addition, I ask my colleagues to refrain from offering any amendments that pertain to broader immigration policy. The appropriate venue for such amendments is the authorizing committee… So I urge my colleagues interested in broader immigration policy to discuss their ideas with Chairman Graham and Ranking Member Feinstein. By adhering to this framework I believe that we will be able to move forward together with a strong bipartisan vote here today. Our border security professionals and the children and families in their care cannot afford further delay, and I am hopeful that a strong bipartisan vote will provide the momentum needed to assist our folks on the front lines.”

The Senate Appropriations Committee passed this bill on a bipartisan vote of 30-1. The lone no vote came from Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) who wanted the Flores v. Reno settlement, which governs the detention of minor children, to be applied to temporary influx facilities.


Of Note: May 2019 marked the highest monthly total of apprehensions at the U.S.-Mexico border since 2006, the majority of whom came in as family units or as unaccompanied minors.



Media:

Summary by Eric Revell

(Photo Credit: Customs & Border Protection via Flickr / Public Domain)

AKA

Emergency Supplemental Appropriations for Humanitarian Assistance and Security at the Southern Border Act, 2019

Official Title

An original bill making emergency supplemental appropriations for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2019, and for other purposes.

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    IntroducedJune 19th, 2019
    But this bill MUST INCLUDE FEDERAL REGULATION OF THESE DETENTION CENTERS AND TAKE THEM OUT OF THE PRIVATE FOR-PROFIT COMPANIES THAT ONLY GOT THE CONTRACT BECAUSE THEY DONATED TO TRUMP--THEY ARE THE REASON THESE CENTERS EXIST--FOR TRUMP AND HIS CORRUPT CRONIES TO MAKE MONEY FROM HUMAN SUFFERING, AND THE DEATHS OF INNOCENT CHILDREN! BABIES AS YOUNG AS 4 MONTHS ARE STOLEN FROM THE ARMS OF THEIR PARENTS FOREVER, SO THAT BETSY DEVOS CAN MAKE MONEY ADOPTING THEM OUT! THERE SHOULD BE TOTAL TRANSPARENCY AT THESE CENTERS! SOCIAL SERVICES SHOULD BE ALLOWED IN AND MEDIA, SO WE CAN SEE WHAT OUR TAXES ARE PAYING FOR--THESE COMPANIES ARE MAKING BILLIONS FROM THE SUFFERING OF OTHERS AND JUST ADDING TO THAT SUFFERING! IT MAKES ME ASHAMED TO BE AN AMERICAN!
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    This is a Stephen Miller and Donald trump manufactured problem. Let them pay for it since they want concentration camps so badly. Better yet let out all the immigrants and put the current administration and the republicans controlled senate in there. We could accomplish so much more without soulless politicians pretending to be conservatives.
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    I support this bill only if there is strong oversight of the detention centers included. Clearly they cannot be trusted to do right on their own. We must make sure we take care of these people. Their care so far is atrocious. We are better than this.
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    God Bless America! The ONLY REASON there is a Crisis is because Trump screwed around with the way Asylum Seekers were coming into America per 'Our Immigration Laws" that were in NO WAY illegal! SO YOU HAVE TO FIX THIS MESS......GO WITH THE HOUSE BILL AS IT HAS PROTECTIONS FOR THE ASYLUM SEEKERS
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    As long as it only goes to humanitarian aid ,and legal aid. Not the wall, not ICE
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    FIX THE CAUSE OF THE PROBLEM- not the symptoms. Trump's racist border fantasies and the RSGOP position of "take-it-or-leave-it" "compromises" has created and sustained this problem. Yes, humanitarian issues are growing and need to be addressed: a symptom of the manufactured border "crisis". The large influx of asylum-seeking immigrants comes from the threat of a pending wall and a new "merit wall"- with skills and civics knowledge requirements that neither Trump nor his kin could pass. Anyone would come now before they are locked out for good. The RSGOP's party-unity-first approach has enabled this problem to fester and left these struggling people to be used as political pawns. GROW SOME DAMMIT. Country first! Help these people out and then CURE the cause of THIS PROBLEM.
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    I’ll support this as a temporary measure. However, we need to understand that the humanitarian crisis that we’re seeing at the border is the result of our moron-in-chief threatening to close the border which only leads to a rush of people trying to cross it and the continuation of our disastrous drug war which only makes Central American countries more dangerous as the drug cartels get even more powerful. Stop threatening to close the border and end the drug war!
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    There must be transparency re any place where these migrants are placed. Humanitarian associations need to have access to determine whether adults and children are not denied basic human needs, not just congress. Don't trust Trumpf's boot lickers like Graham and obstructionists like McTurtle. I was a very young child during the Japanese internment, this is history repeating itself. I am ashamed of Trumpf and his swampers. Trumpf has done everything he could to exacerbate the problem, separating parents and children, no longer educating and teaching English,stopping aid to countries the migrants are fleeing instead using his alleged deal making skills to meet them to try to solve problems. He's in over his bald head. We're no longer a shining light. Also, NO STUPID WALL!
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    We need to address the humanitarian crisis our policies have created for the refugees at our border.
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    We need to build the wall not accommodate people that are breaking the law and want to come for free.
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    If I read the nay correctly it stated that ice and detention centers to done away with which I am not for. I say jail the democrats for they are the one responsible for this abuse of the children and the abuse of the enforcement officers by this debacle of their actions.
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    This humanitarian nightmare was *created as a money-making scheme and fear optics to agitate wall fever. It panders to donald’s white-superior base that evidently believes fake fox is credible in screaming these are all illegals. Few are true illegals. I’m torn on this bill. Is it enough? Can we expect accountability? It’s a bandage, because we really need congress to agree on immigration *reform. And since it’s advanced by a Republican while mitch says ditch all House Bills. Can we trust it?
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    This feckless president is making children suffer so that he can get his freaking stupid wall. Each child is supposed to be worth $750 a day, where the hell is the money going to? This is the beauty about privatization. Donald Trump will go down in history as the worst president ever. These damn Republican politicians are not too far behind them allowing him to destroy America. I am sick of seeing his vile face! This vile man needs to be impeached!!!!! As far as theDemocratic politicians, GROW A PAIR!
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    Reform immigration laws and the crisis will be over. Keep addressing it this way and it will just keep getting bigger and bigger. The Democrats have caused this mess by refusing to reform the laws. This is all on them. They have the power to end it and they know it, but they don’t care. They are using these poor people including women and children as political pawns. Shame on them.
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    I support taking care of the asylum seekers, of course but I do not want this money to go to private “camps” and therefore in the pocket of evil. I am worried this crisis as created so the public would cry out and appeal to Congress for funding and therefore profit the pockets of the rich.
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    Changed opinion: it blocks diverting funds. We need to solve the humanitarian crisis, but this then impedes on building a border wall. We need the aid and border security, it’s not one or the other.
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    Until we can get immigration fixed. As long as no Wall money.
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    Oversight. Not for profit!
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    No funding without funding the wall. Change the whole immigration system. This is s costly half step!
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    Not if it eliminates ICE!
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