This bill — the No Internment Camps Act — would prohibit the use of government funds to build detention centers, whether they’re operated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) or a governmental or non-governmental contractor. It’d also establish a one-year phaseout of active family detention centers, of which there are three nationwide. Funds currently used to operate family detention centers would be transferred to the Alternatives to Detention program to reestablish the Family Case Management Program (FCMP) to be operated by a qualified nonprofit entity to operate. It’d also establish a $100 million annual fund for processing & releasing asylum-seeking families, which is described in greater detail below.
An “Emergency Fund for Asylum Seekers” would be established in the Treasury Dept. which would receive $100 million in funds in each of the fiscal years 2019 through 2024.
In years where the number of alien families seeking asylum in the U.S. exceeds 100 percent of the number from the previous year, $80 million from the Fund would be released to increase the Dept. of Homeland Security’s (DHS) ability to process, transport, parole, and release asylum-seeking families. Of the $80 million released from the Fund, no less than $20 million would be made available for grants to one or more nonprofit entities operating respite centers to aid asylum-seeking families with services and compliance with legal requirements.
In years where the number of asylum-seeking alien families exceeds the previous year’s number by 200 percent, an additional $20 million shall be made available from the Emergency Fund for Asylum Seekers/ Of the $20 million, at least $5 million shall be made available for grants to one or more nonprofit entities operating respite centers to assist alien families with services and compliance with legal requirements.