U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) yesterday cosponsored legislation by Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) to address the border crisis that would change current law to more quickly process unaccompanied minors that have crossed the border illegally.
"This legislation changes the 2008 law that has been making it more difficult to process these unaccompanied children and send them back to a safe place in their own countries," said Alexander. "The HUMANE Act is a good first step in dealing with the border crisis by making necessary changes to the law that would help send these children back to their home countries as quickly and safely as possible."
Cornyn's Helping Unaccompanied Minors and Alleviating National Emergency (HUMANE) Act would amend the 2008 Trafficking Victims Protection Act to expedite the process for reviewing immigration claims and returning unaccompanied minors who do not have a valid immigration claim under U.S. law. It authorizes 40 new immigration judges, and requires that all immigrants are treated equally under the law whether they are from Mexico or Central America. It also requires the Secretary of Health and Human Services to conduct FBI fingerprint background checks on any person taking custody of an unaccompanied child.
Alexander last week called on the president to send his proposal to change this 2008 law at an Appropriations Committee hearing to deal with the border crisis.