Quigley Cosponsors Bill to End Inhumane Separation & Keep Families Together
WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05) joined more than 190 House Democrats in cosponsoring the Keep Families Together Act, H.R. 6135, legislation to end family separation at the U.S. border.
“Congress cannot stand idly by as the Trump Administration implements a cruel and inhumane policy that rips children away from their parents,” said Rep. Quigley. “It is up to all of us to right this wrong and illustrate the profiles in courage and compassion that this White House lacks. I’m proud to cosponsor this incredibly important piece of legislation, and now I urge my Republican colleagues to follow suit, and in doing so honor our founding principles and ideals that truly make America great. That must include holding our president accountable when he so blatantly threatens vulnerable families seeking safety and a better life.”
In addition to promoting family unity by prohibiting Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials from separating children from their parents, except in extraordinary circumstances, this bill also: limits criminal prosecutions for asylum seekers; increases child welfare training for all CBP officers and agents; establishes public policy preference for family reunification, and adds procedures to help parents and children locate each other and reunite if they have been separated.
Earlier this month, Rep. Quigley sent a letter urging the Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security to restrict the Department of Homeland Security’s ability to use appropriated funds to separate parents from their children. He has also previously offered an appropriations amendment to prohibit the detention of immigrant children and families in our nation’s immigration detention centers, saving taxpayer dollars from family detention and reinvesting that money into more humane and cost-effective Alternatives to Detention. Rep. Quigley has also pushed for legislative efforts that expand immigrant families’ access to legal assistance through funding for Immigration Help Desks and his introduction of the Immigrant Detainee Legal Rights Act.