IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
February 7, 2019
Mr. Merkley introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary
To prohibit the Department of Health and Human Services from operating unlicensed temporary emergency shelters for unaccompanied alien children.
This Act may be cited as the
Shut Down Child Prison Camps Act.
In this Act, the term temporary emergency shelter means an unlicensed care provider facility that provides temporary emergency shelter and services for unaccompanied alien children when licensed facilities are near or at capacity.
Prohibition against temporary emergency shelters
The Secretary of Health and Human Services shall not maintain or operate (directly or through a contract) any temporary emergency shelter, including—
the temporary emergency shelter previously operational in Tornillo, Texas; and
the temporary emergency shelter in Homestead, Florida.