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BY: Charles Fain Lehman
The House of Representatives is expected to vote Tuesday on a bill that Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) cheered for funding "humane alternatives to detention" instead of "the Administration's failed mass detention policy."
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"The legislation protects families. It does not fund the Administration's failed mass detention policy, but, instead, funds effective, humane alternatives to detention with a proven track record of success," Pelosi said Sunday night. "It places strict limits on influx shelters, protects sponsors from DHS immigration enforcement based on information collected by HHS during the vetting process and creates strong oversight by Congress including to protect unaccompanied children."
The funding bill is a response to the swelling influx of Central American immigrants arriving daily at the southwestern border, with more than 150,000 people apprehended attempting to cross illegally in May alone. The result has been a detention system stretched well beyond its means, prompting widespread criticism of conditions from the media and calls for emergency funding from both U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the New York Times.
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Congress has been slow to act, however. House Democrats blocked a Republican-proposed amendment that would have offered $4.5 billion in emergency funding. Since then, negotiators in the House and Senate have worked to bang out a compromise aid package, with the Senate appropriations committee passing a proposal last week.
The House proposal expected to get a vote on Tuesday is H.R. 3401, introduced Friday by Rep. Nita Lowey (D., N.Y.). According to Politico, the bill is substantively similar to the Senate version, but includes "extra oversight demands" and "hundreds of millions of dollars less" in funding to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
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The bill does appropriate $700 million for "migrant processing facilities," and an additional $85 million specifically for "procurement, construction, and improvements" related to those facilities. But...
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