“Dignity for Detained Immigrants Act” Reintroduced to Congress

Last week the “Dignity for Detained Immigrants Act” was reintroduced by U.S. Representative Pramila Jayapal, U.S. Senator Cory Booker, and U.S. Representative Adam Smith. The legislation (H.R.2222) was initially introduced in 2021.

If passed, the bill would seek to protect primary vulnerable populations including, caregivers, asylum seekers, LGBTQ+ individuals, pregnant women, survivors of gender-based violence/torture, those under 21, and other similar populations. While the bill seeks to diminish mandatory detention and the detention of families/children, it also seeks to:

  • Require the Department of Homeland Security to establish civil detention standards that provide the level of protection in the American Bar Association’s Civil Immigration Detention Standards
  • Mandate unannounced inspections with penalties for centers that fail to comply with standards

Potential Reinstatement of Family Detention

The reintroduction of the “Dignity for Detained Immigrants Act” comes as the Biden administration weighs the implementation of family detention. As Title 42 ends, the administration is exploring more restrictive measures to address the expected rise in migrants arriving at the southern border. However, advocates are concerned about the separation of families and the treatment of unaccompanied minors.

Speak to a Family-Based Immigration Lawyer

While this legislation is still pending, the end of Title 42 seems to be on the horizon. This can impact many migrant families, making it of the utmost importance to seek legal guidance immediately.

Reeves Immigration Law Group regularly advises individuals and their families on the best immigration path for their circumstances whether it is humanitarian parole, asylum, or other family-based immigration options. With over 40 years of experience, our family-based immigration attorneys are well-equipped to do everything in our power to avoid the separation of families.

Contact us today for a consultation on your case.


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