Karen Bass Intros Bill Requiring Feds Reunite Families, House Says Nope
Congresswoman Karen Bass (D-CA), the top Democrat on the House Subcommittee on Global Human Rights, introduced legislation on Wednesday which would require the federal government to reunite families that have been forcibly separated at the border. The Family Unity Rights and Protection Act would require parental notification regarding process and procedure pertaining for the return of their children and prohibit the termination of parental rights without actual notice to the parents, wherever they may be. It would also establish a family registry to aid in reuniting children separated from their parents. “The separation of children at the border is a human rights violation. It’s government-sanctioned child abuse,” said Bass. “When the federal government is the one responsible for the separation, they should also be responsible for reunification. That responsibility was notably absent from Trump’s insufficient executive order that he issued last week." When she offered the bill as an amendment on the House floor for a vote, House Republicans blocked the motion. The Congresswoman is holding a press conference this morning at 10A EDT to discuss. More here.