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H.R. 3868: Help Oversee, Manage, and Evaluate Safe Treatment and Ensure Access without Delay Act of 2019

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Should members of Congress be allowed to drop in unannounced to an immigration detention center? Under current law, they can’t.


Immigration detention centers used to hold undocumented migrants caught crossing the U.S.-Mexico border have received widespread attention in the past year, especially after summer 2018’s reports about family separations at the border.

One of the most notorious and controversial immigrant detention centers is in Homestead, Florida. In June, exposés by CBS News and the New York Times reported on the sometimes-horrific conditions children face at the facility.

Under current law, members of Congress who wish to visit an immigration detention center have to give the executive branch at least 48 hours. And even then, sometimes the members are turned down, as in April when Trump ...

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Debbie Wasserman Schultz

Sponsor. Representative for Florida's 23rd congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Jul 22, 2019
Length: 2 pages
Jul 22, 2019
116th Congress (2019–2021)

Introduced on Jul 22, 2019

This bill is in the first stage of the legislative process. It was introduced into Congress on July 22, 2019. It will typically be considered by committee next before it is possibly sent on to the House or Senate as a whole.

2% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)


Jul 22, 2019

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H.R. 3868 is 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 H.R. 3868. This is the one from the 116th Congress.

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