Lucille Roybal-Allard Intros HELP for Children Separated from Parents by Immigration Officials
Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA) teamed with Senator Tina Smith (D-MN) to introduce legislation that would protect the safety and well-being of minor children who have been left alone after their parents have been arrested or detained by U.S. immigration authorities. The Humane Enforcement and Legal Protections (HELP) for Separated Children Act calls for allowing parents to make calls to arrange for the care of their children and ensuring that children can call and visit their parents while they are detained and participate in family court proceedings affecting their children. It also protects children from being compelled to serve as translators for their parents in immigration enforcement actions and ensures that parents can coordinate their departures with their children, including allowing parents to say goodbye to their children prior to being taken into custody. “As the Trump Administration accelerates its cruel efforts to tear apart immigrant families at the border, it has never been more critical for us to protect the children who are impacted by the administration’s remorseless family separation policies,” said Roybal-Allard. “If we have any decency, we must work to reduce the pain caused to children by this administration’s draconian immigration reforms.” A report released this week by the ACLU describes hundreds of cases of alleged abuse towards children, said to have occurred between 2009 and 2014. Read the report in blogs. More on the legislation here.