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Lawsuits expected if Biden decides to detain migrant families at the border

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The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is planning to sue the Biden administration if it decides to detain migrant families at the southern border. It’s one of multiple proposals the administration is considering ahead of the end of Title 42 on May 11.

“Putting children and their parents behind barbed wire to deter them from seeking safety should shock the conscience of every American who believes in fairness, safety, and basic human dignity for all people,” Anthony Romero, executive director of the ACLU, said in a statement. “We will fight him every step of the way.”

The New York Times and Wall Street Journal reported the Biden administration is planning for the end of Title 42, which allowed migrants to be deported almost immediately on public health grounds. Illegal immigration is expected to surge when it’s over.

If the Biden administration does decide to detain the families, officials said it will be done in compliance with the Flores settlement agreement, which sets standards for the quality of facilities unaccompanied children must be held in, and prevents them from being detained for more than 20 days. 

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said the best solution is comprehensive immigration reform. He said he will ask Sens. Kyrsten Sinema, I-Ariz., and Thom Tillis, R-N.C., to reintroduce a bipartisan plan they brought forward at the end of last year that never got over the finish line.

“I think the best way to solve this problem is in a bipartisan solution. That’s the only way it’s worked,” Sen. Schumer said.

Republicans are continuing to criticize the Biden administration’s handling of the border. They contend he’s not doing enough. 

“I’ve seen no indication that the Biden administration is serious about controlling the human train wreck at the border. In fact, I think the Biden administration, it’d be a lot more intellectually honest, if it would just come out and say we believe in an open borders, we believe that vetting people at the border is racist,” Sen. John Kennedy, R-La., said.

In addition to the Tillis-Sinema bill, Sens. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., also introduced a bipartisan proposal to give “Dreamers,” or people who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children, a pathway to citizenship. Graham said he would only support that though if his separate bill to overhaul the asylum system also passes. 

New reports indicate the Biden Administration is actively considering detaining migrant families who illegally cross the border. The New York Times and Wall Street Journal reported it’s one of multiple proposals they are considering ahead of the end of title 42 May 11th, which allowed immigrants to be deported almost immediately on public health grounds. 

If the Biden Administration does decide to detain the families, officials said it will be done in compliance with the Flores settlement agreement, which sets standards for the quality of facilities unaccompanied children must be held in, and prevents them from being held for more than 20 days. 

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer says the real answer to this is comprehensive immigration reform. He said he’ll ask Senators Kyrsten Sinema and Thom Tillis to reintroduce a bipartisan plan they brought forward at the end of last year that never got over the finish line. 

Schumer immigration: “I think the best way to solve this problem is in a bipartisan solution. That’s the only way it’s worked.”

 

Republicans say the Biden Administration isn’t doing enough to secure the border. 

 

Sen. John Kennedy, R-LA: “I’ve seen no indication that the Biden administration is serious about controlling the human train wreck at the border. In fact, I think the Biden administration I, it’d be a lot more intellectually honest, if it would just come out and say we believe in an open borders, we believe that vetting people at the border is racist.”

If the President moves forward with this, lawsuits are expected. The executive director of the ACLU said his organization will fight the Biden administration all the way, and added in a statement: “Putting children and their parents behind barbed wire to deter them from seeking safety should shock the conscience of every American who believes in fairness, safety, and basic human dignity for all people.” 

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The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is planning to sue the Biden administration if it decides to detain migrant families at the southern border. It’s one of multiple proposals the administration is considering ahead of the end of Title 42 on May 11.

“Putting children and their parents behind barbed wire to deter them from seeking safety should shock the conscience of every American who believes in fairness, safety, and basic human dignity for all people,” Anthony Romero, executive director of the ACLU, said in a statement. “We will fight him every step of the way.”

The New York Times and Wall Street Journal reported the Biden administration is planning for the end of Title 42, which allowed migrants to be deported almost immediately on public health grounds. Illegal immigration is expected to surge when it’s over.

If the Biden administration does decide to detain the families, officials said it will be done in compliance with the Flores settlement agreement, which sets standards for the quality of facilities unaccompanied children must be held in, and prevents them from being detained for more than 20 days. 

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said the best solution is comprehensive immigration reform. He said he will ask Sens. Kyrsten Sinema, I-Ariz., and Thom Tillis, R-N.C., to reintroduce a bipartisan plan they brought forward at the end of last year that never got over the finish line.

“I think the best way to solve this problem is in a bipartisan solution. That’s the only way it’s worked,” Sen. Schumer said.

Republicans are continuing to criticize the Biden administration’s handling of the border. They contend he’s not doing enough. 

“I’ve seen no indication that the Biden administration is serious about controlling the human train wreck at the border. In fact, I think the Biden administration, it’d be a lot more intellectually honest, if it would just come out and say we believe in an open borders, we believe that vetting people at the border is racist,” Sen. John Kennedy, R-La., said.

In addition to the Tillis-Sinema bill, Sens. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., also introduced a bipartisan proposal to give “Dreamers,” or people who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children, a pathway to citizenship. Graham said he would only support that though if his separate bill to overhaul the asylum system also passes. 

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