Legislative Updates: 115th Congress
Rep. Deutch Cosponsors Keep Families Together Act
Congressman Ted Deutch (D-FL-22) cosponsored the Keep Families Together Act, a bill aimed at keeping families who cross into the U.S. illegally together.
This bill forbids any agent or contractor of the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Justice, or the Department of Health and Human Services from removing a child under the age of 18 who has no permanent immigration status from his or her parent or legal guardian. These restrictions apply at or near a port of entry into the U.S. or within 100 miles of the U.S. border. There is an exception if an authorized court rules that it is in the child’s best interest to be removed from their parent or legal guardian. A state or country welfare official with experience dealing with childhood trauma or a Chief Patrol Agent or Area Port director may allow for the removal of a child from their parent or legal guardian if the child is at risk of abuse, neglect, or human trafficking.The text of H.R.6135 is available here.