[Ed. – The bill leaves a lot of unresolved questions, such as the disposition of illegal children who are detained while their parents’ cases are being adjudicated, but an even bigger question for Schumer himself is why he didn’t propose this law in 2014 when detention centers were already ‘overflowing’ with children?]
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer introduced a bill that aims to end the separation of migrant children from their families while improving living conditions in border detention facilities.
The bill, called the “Stop Cruelty to Migrant Children Act,” was unveiled on Capitol Hill Thursday morning.
“It is not American to treat children like this,” Schumer said, calling for “nasty and vicious” people in the Trump administration — namely immigration hardliner Stephen Miller — to stop using migrant children as political pawns.
Besides legislating the end of child separation, the bill will bump up health and safety protection for detained kids, including getting them swift medical assessments. It will also require that Congress receive monthly reports on the number of children in custody.
The measure has already amassed more than 20 Senate co-sponsors, all Democrats. …