US HB541 | 2019-2020 | 116th Congress


Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 202-1)
Status: Introduced on January 14 2019 - 25% progression
Action: 2019-02-25 - Referred to the Subcommittee on Immigration and Citizenship.
Pending: House Subcommittee on Immigration and Citizenship Committee
Text: Latest bill text (Introduced) [PDF]


Keep Families Together Act This bill limits the separation of families at or near U.S borders or ports of entry and imposes limits on the prosecution of asylum seekers. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Department of Justice (DOJ), and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) shall not separate a child from a legal guardian at a port of entry or within 100 miles of a U.S. border unless a state court terminates the legal guardian's rights; a state child welfare agency or court determines it is in the child's best interests to be removed; or the child is determined to be a trafficking victim or at risk of becoming one, the accompanying adult is most likely not the legal guardian, or the child is in danger of abuse or neglect. Such separation shall end unless a licensed independent child welfare expert authorizes the separation within 48 hours. DHS, DOJ, or HHS may not separate a child from a legal guardian solely to deter migration into the United States or to promote compliance with immigration laws. DHS shall develop (1) training related to the bill's family separation requirements, and (2) guidance for how legal guardians may locate a separated child. HHS shall provide legal guardians weekly status updates about a separated child. An asylum seeker who has expressed a credible or reasonable fear of persecution may not be prosecuted for certain immigration law violations until the asylum application has been finally adjudicated.

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Keep Families Together Act


Rep. Jerrold Nadler [D-NY]Rep. Zoe Lofgren [D-CA]Rep. Pramila Jayapal [D-WA]Rep. Ted Lieu [D-CA]
Rep. Jimmy Panetta [D-CA]Rep. Pete Aguilar [D-CA]Rep. Nanette Barragan [D-CA]Rep. Karen Bass [D-CA]
Rep. Joyce Beatty [D-OH]Rep. Ami Bera [D-CA]Rep. Don Beyer [D-VA]Rep. Sanford Bishop [D-GA]
Rep. Earl Blumenauer [D-OR]Rep. Lisa Rochester [D-DE]Rep. Suzanne Bonamici [D-OR]Rep. Brendan Boyle [D-PA]
Rep. Anthony Brown [D-MD]Rep. Julia Brownley [D-CA]Rep. Cheri Bustos [D-IL]Rep. Salud Carbajal [D-CA]
Rep. Tony Cardenas [D-CA]Rep. Andre Carson [D-IN]Rep. Matthew Cartwright [D-PA]Rep. Kathy Castor [D-FL]
Rep. Joaquin Castro [D-TX]Rep. Judy Chu [D-CA]Rep. David Cicilline [D-RI]Rep. Gil Cisneros [D-CA]
Rep. Katherine Clark [D-MA]Rep. Yvette Clarke [D-NY]Rep. Lacy Clay [D-MO]Rep. Steve Cohen [D-TN]
Rep. Gerald Connolly [D-VA]Rep. Jim Cooper [D-TN]Rep. Luis Correa [D-CA]Rep. Jim Costa [D-CA]
Rep. Joe Courtney [D-CT]Rep. TJ Cox [D-CA]Rep. Charlie Crist [D-FL]Rep. Jason Crow [D-CO]
Rep. Elijah Cummings [D-MD]Rep. Danny Davis [D-IL]Rep. Susan Davis [D-CA]Rep. Madeleine Dean [D-PA]
Rep. Peter DeFazio [D-OR]Rep. Diana DeGette [D-CO]Rep. Rosa DeLauro [D-CT]Rep. Suzan DelBene [D-WA]
Rep. Val Demings [D-FL]Rep. Theodore Deutch [D-FL]Rep. Debbie Dingell [D-MI]Rep. Michael Doyle [D-PA]
Rep. Eliot Engel [D-NY]Rep. Veronica Escobar [D-TX]Rep. Anna Eshoo [D-CA]Rep. Adriano Espaillat [D-NY]
Rep. Dwight Evans [D-PA]Rep. Bill Foster [D-IL]Rep. Lois Frankel [D-FL]Rep. Marcia Fudge [D-OH]
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard [D-HI]Rep. Ruben Gallego [D-AZ]Rep. John Garamendi [D-CA]Rep. Jesus Garcia [D-IL]
Rep. Sylvia Garcia [D-TX]Rep. Jimmy Gomez [D-CA]Rep. Vicente Gonzalez [D-TX]Rep. Raul Grijalva [D-AZ]
Rep. Debra Haaland [D-NM]Rep. Josh Harder [D-CA]Rep. Alcee Hastings [D-FL]Rep. Jahana Hayes [D-CT]
Rep. Denny Heck [D-WA]Rep. Brian Higgins [D-NY]Rep. Katie Hill [D-CA]Rep. James Himes [D-CT]
Rep. Steven Horsford [D-NV]Rep. Jared Huffman [D-CA]Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee [D-TX]Rep. Eddie Johnson [D-TX]
Rep. Henry Johnson [D-GA]Rep. Marcy Kaptur [D-OH]Rep. William Keating [D-MA]Rep. Robin Kelly [D-IL]
Rep. Joseph Kennedy [D-MA]Rep. Ro Khanna [D-CA]Rep. Daniel Kildee [D-MI]Rep. Derek Kilmer [D-WA]
Rep. Ron Kind [D-WI]Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi [D-IL]Rep. Ann Kuster [D-NH]Rep. Conor Lamb [D-PA]
Rep. James Langevin [D-RI]Rep. Rick Larsen [D-WA]Rep. John Larson [D-CT]Rep. Brenda Lawrence [D-MI]
Rep. Al Lawson [D-FL]Rep. Andy Levin [D-MI]Rep. John Lewis [D-GA]Rep. Daniel Lipinski [D-IL]
Rep. David Loebsack [D-IA]Rep. Alan Lowenthal [D-CA]Rep. Nita Lowey [D-NY]Rep. Ben Lujan [D-NM]
Rep. Elaine Luria [D-VA]Rep. Stephen Lynch [D-MA]Rep. Tom Malinowski [D-NJ]Rep. Carolyn Maloney [D-NY]
Rep. Sean Maloney [D-NY]Rep. Doris Matsui [D-CA]Rep. Ben McAdams [D-UT]Rep. Betty McCollum [D-MN]
Rep. Donald McEachin [D-VA]Rep. James McGovern [D-MA]Rep. Jerry McNerney [D-CA]Rep. Gregory Meeks [D-NY]
Rep. Grace Meng [D-NY]Rep. Gwen Moore [D-WI]Rep. Joseph Morelle [D-NY]Rep. Seth Moulton [D-MA]
Rep. Stephanie Murphy [D-FL]Rep. Grace Napolitano [D-CA]Rep. Joseph Neguse [D-CO]Rep. Donald Norcross [D-NJ]
Rep. Eleanor Norton [D-DC]Rep. Tom O'Halleran [D-AZ]Rep. Ilhan Omar [D-MN]Rep. Frank Pallone [D-NJ]
Rep. Bill Pascrell [D-NJ]Rep. Donald Payne [D-NJ]Rep. Ed Perlmutter [D-CO]Rep. Scott Peters [D-CA]
Rep. Chellie Pingree [D-ME]Rep. Stacey Plaskett [D-VI]Rep. Mark Pocan [D-WI]Rep. Katie Porter [D-CA]
Rep. Ayanna Pressley [D-MA]Rep. David Price [D-NC]Rep. Mike Quigley [D-IL]Rep. Jamie Raskin [D-MD]
Rep. Kathleen Rice [D-NY]Rep. Cedric Richmond [D-LA]Rep. Harley Rouda [D-CA]Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard [D-CA]
Rep. Raul Ruiz [D-CA]Rep. C.A. Ruppersberger [D-MD]Rep. Bobby Rush [D-IL]Rep. Tim Ryan [D-OH]
Rep. Gregorio Sablan [I-MP]Rep. Linda Sanchez [D-CA]Rep. John Sarbanes [D-MD]Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon [D-PA]
Rep. Janice Schakowsky [D-IL]Rep. Adam Schiff [D-CA]Rep. Bradley Schneider [D-IL]Rep. Kurt Schrader [D-OR]
Rep. Kim Schrier [D-WA]Rep. David Scott [D-GA]Rep. Robert Scott [D-VA]Rep. Jose Serrano [D-NY]
Rep. Terri Sewell [D-AL]Rep. Donna Shalala [D-FL]Rep. Brad Sherman [D-CA]Rep. Albio Sires [D-NJ]
Rep. Adam Smith [D-WA]Rep. Darren Soto [D-FL]Rep. Abigail Spanberger [D-VA]Rep. Jackie Speier [D-CA]
Rep. Greg Stanton [D-AZ]Rep. Thomas Suozzi [D-NY]Rep. Eric Swalwell [D-CA]Rep. Mark Takano [D-CA]
Rep. Bennie Thompson [D-MS]Rep. Mike Thompson [D-CA]Rep. Dina Titus [D-NV]Rep. Rashida Tlaib [D-MI]
Rep. Paul Tonko [D-NY]Rep. Norma Torres [D-CA]Rep. Juan Vargas [D-CA]Rep. Marc Veasey [D-TX]
Rep. Filemon Vela [D-TX]Rep. Nydia Velazquez [D-NY]Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz [D-FL]Rep. Bonnie Coleman [D-NJ]
Rep. Peter Welch [D-VT]Rep. Jennifer Wexton [D-VA]Rep. Susan Wild [D-PA]Rep. Frederica Wilson [D-FL]
Rep. John Yarmuth [D-KY]Rep. Maxine Waters [D-CA]Rep. Barbara Lee [D-CA]Rep. Mark DeSaulnier [D-CA]
Rep. Peter Visclosky [D-IN]Rep. Richard Neal [D-MA]Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell [D-FL]Rep. Ed Case [D-HI]
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez [D-NY]Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick [D-AZ]Rep. Lori Trahan [D-MA]Rep. Mike Levin [D-CA]
Rep. Hakeem Jeffries [D-NY]Rep. Emanuel Cleaver [D-MO]Rep. David Trone [D-MD]


2019-02-25HouseReferred to the Subcommittee on Immigration and Citizenship.
2019-02-04HouseReferred to the Subcommittee on Border Security, Facilitation, and Operations.
2019-01-14HouseReferred to the Committee on the Judiciary, and in addition to the Committee on Homeland Security, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.
2019-01-14HouseReferred to the Committee on the Judiciary, and in addition to the Committee on Homeland Security, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.
2019-01-14HouseIntroduced in House

Same As/Similar To

SB292 (Related) 2019-01-31 - Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary. (Sponsor introductory remarks on measure: CR S802-803)
SB1733 (Related) 2019-06-05 - Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary. (Sponsor introductory remarks on measure: CR S3256; text: CR S2356-3258)


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