About the bill
When an family attempts cross the border into the United States illegally, should the children be split up from their parents after being apprehended?
In May, the Trump Administration announced a new policy that will separate families at the border when they attempt to illegally immigrate to the U.S. Children had previously been allowed to stay with their families in shelters while in limbo before deportation.
How frequently is this occurring? During a two-week period in May shortly after Sessions announced the policy, U.S. Customs and Border Protection separated more than 650 children from their parents. That would come out to more than 33,000 such cases per year.
What the bill does
Sponsor and status
Sponsor. Senator for Minnesota. Democrat.
Last Updated: May 23, 2018
Length: 11 pages
115th Congress (2017–2019)
This bill was introduced on May 23, 2018, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.
Although this bill was not enacted, its provisions could have become law by being included in another bill. It is common for legislative text to be introduced concurrently in multiple bills (called companion bills), re-introduced in subsequent sessions of Congress in new bills, or added to larger bills (sometimes called omnibus bills).
28 Cosponsors (27 Democrats, 1 Independent)
What legislators are saying
“Cardin Statement on Trump Policy of Separating Children from Parents at U.S.-Mexico Border”
— Sen. Benjamin Cardin [D-MD] (Co-sponsor) on Jun 15, 2018
May 23, 2018
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S. 2937 (115th) was a bill in the United States Congress.
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Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number S. 2937. This is the one from the 115th Congress.
This bill was introduced in the 115th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2017 to Jan 3, 2019. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.
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