H. R. 3868
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
July 22, 2019
Ms. Wasserman Schultz (for herself, Ms. Dean, Ms. Mucarsel-Powell, Ms. Shalala, Mrs. Watson Coleman, Mr. Ryan, Ms. DeLauro, and Ms. Wilson of Florida) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary, and in addition to the Committee on Homeland Security, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned
To grant Members of Congress access to detention facilities, and for other purposes.
This Act may be cited as the
Help Oversee, Manage, and Evaluate Safe Treatment and Ensure Access without Delay Act of 2019 or the
HOMESTEAD Act of 2019.
Mandatory access to detention facilities
A Member of Congress may not be prevented from entering any detention facility for the purpose of conducting oversight.
The head of a detention facility may not make any temporary modification at the detention facility in a manner that alters what is observed by a visiting Member of Congress.
No notice required
A Member of Congress shall not be required to provide notice of intent to enter a detention facility for the purpose of conducting oversight.
Detention facility defined
In this section, the term
detention facility means any facility—
used to detain or otherwise house aliens; and
operated by or for—
the Department of Homeland Security (including any facility operated by a private contractor with the Department); or
the Department of Health and Human Services (including any facility operated by a private contractor with the Department).