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House Bill on Unaccompanied Minors Introduced

July 29, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. — House Republicans have introduced a supplemental funding bill today to address children and families who have fled to the United States.

The bill would provide $659 million, covering only the next two months — through the end of the current fiscal year, Sept. 30. The bill also would amend the Trafficking Victims Protection and Reauthorization Act of 2008 and deploy the National Guard to the southern border.

Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum, made the following statement regarding the bill:

“This bill falls short in most all respects. In this case, a half a loaf may actually be worse than no loaf at all.

“What this crisis needs is policy that aligns with our better nature and responds to children and families compassionately. This bill would reduce protections for vulnerable people fleeing desperate circumstances. Rather than meet them with open hearts and a clear, fair process, this bill meets them with National Guard troops.

“Congress must address this challenge over the long term, not just over the next two months. The more Congress plays on America’s fears, the more divided we will become.”

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