This bill — the Families Not Facilities Act — would block Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) from using information collected by Health and Human Services (HHS) to arrest family members or others who come forward to care for unaccompanied migrant children. That means ICE wouldn’t be able to arrest or otherwise take legal action against those in a prospective sponsor’s family because they are unauthorized immigrants.
It would also transfer $220 million from ICE’s 2019 budget to the new Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) programs to provide unaccompanied minors with comprehensive social work services and connect them with legal representation, as well as to the FBI’s Violent Crimes Against Children Program and the Health and Human Services (HHS) Task Force to Prevent and End Human Trafficking.
Finally, the bill creates an ORR Advisory Committee on Shelters, comprised of nonprofit immigration and child welfare experts. This committee would be required to publish reports on its findings.