U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) today joined with his colleagues to introduce the Keep Families Together and Enforce the Law Act.
The legislation requires the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to keep families together pending the outcome of their immigration proceedings. It also authorizes more immigration court judges to prioritize adjudication of family cases. In addition, it protects children who are at risk of harm and sets standards of care for family residential centers to ensure immigrant families are treated humanely and fairly.
“I support keeping families together while their immigration status is determined. This legislation does just that by addressing the issue in a timely manner and halts the separation of children from their families during this process,” said Senator McConnell.
The legislation was led by Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Ron Johnson (R-WI), Tom Cotton (R-AR), John Cornyn (R-TX), Ted Cruz (R-TX), and Dean Heller (R-NV).
Original co-sponsors include Senators McConnell, Chuck Grassley (R-IA), James Lankford (R-OK), Deb Fischer (R-NE), Joni Ernst (R-IA), Jerry Moran (R-KS), Ben Sasse (R-NE), Pat Roberts (R-KS), Steve Daines (R-MT), Johnny Isakson (R-GA), Jeff Flake (R-AZ), Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Jim Inhofe (R-OK), John Thune (R-SD), Bob Corker (R-TN), Mike Crapo (R-ID), John Hoeven (R-ND), John Boozman (R-AR), and Rob Portman (R-OH).