Grace Meng

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Grace Meng

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        Request for Cosponsor(s)


*House companion to the Senate bill led by Minority Leader Schumer and Sens. Merkley, Feinstein, Durbin, and Murray

Senate Original Cosponsors (35): Hirono, Coons, Klobuchar, Leahy, Cantwell, Reed, Bennet, Baldwin, Sanders, Van Hollen, Warren, Menendez, Cardin, Wyden, Schatz, Cortez Masto, Whitehouse, Rosen, Blumenthal, Markey, Gillibrand, Warner, Kaine,
Harris, Murphy, Duckworth, Hassan, Smith, Shaheen, Booker, Casey, King, Stabenow, Brown, and Carper.

Dear Colleague:

The Trump Administration’s response to and treatment of asylum-seeking families and children at our Southern land border is un-American and inhumane. We need to do everything we can to protect the health and safety of families and children in immigration
detention facilities. The “Stop Cruelty to Migrant Children Act” combines and supplements several legislative proposals to protect children and families at the border. 

This legislation would provide guardrails and minimum standards for the treatment of children and families, ensuring that government funds are not used to traumatize or harm asylum seekers.

Specifically, the Stop Cruelty to Migrant Children Act would:

  • End family separations except when authorized by a state court or child welfare agency, or when Customs and Border Protection and an independent child welfare specialist agree that a child is a trafficking victim, not the child of an accompanying
    adult, or is in danger of abuse or neglect.

    • Text from Rep. Nadler’s and Sen. Feinstein’s Keep Families Together Act (H.R.541/S.292).
  • Set minimum health and safety standards for children and families in Border Patrol Stations, specifically require access to hygiene products including toothbrushes, diapers, soap and showers, regular nutritious meals, and a prompt medical
    assessment by trained medical providers.
  • End for-profit contractors from operating new Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) standard shelters or influx facilities, specifically ensure that temporary influx facilities are state-licensed, meet
    Flores standards, and are not used to house children indefinitely.
  • Expand alternatives to detention and the successful Family Case Management Program.
  • Remove roadblocks to placing unaccompanied children with sponsors by lowering case manager caseloads, mandating lower staffing ratios, and ending the information sharing agreement between ORR and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
  • Ensure unaccompanied children have access to legal counsel and continue to be placed in a non-adversarial setting for their initial asylum case review.
  • Provide resources to non-profit centers that are helping provide humanitarian assistance.
  • Allow Members of Congress, accompanying staff, and credentialed press (without cameras) to visit any facility with 24-hour notice.

For questions or to be an original cosponsor, please contact Jacqueline Hsieh of my staff at or (202) 225-2601.



Rep. Grace Meng
Member of Congress

Related Legislative Issues

Selected legislative information: HealthCare, Homeland Security, Immigration

Related Bill Information

Bill Type: H.R.
Bill Type: TBD
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