Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act (S. 744)

APA sends letters of support for protections of children and LGBT people in immigration reform markup

On May 9, APA sent a letter of support (PDF, 113KB) urging passage of Senator Al Franken's, D-Minn., amendment (PDF, 31KB) and Senator Patrick Leahy's, D-Vt., amendment (PDF, 20KB)  during the Senate Judiciary Committee consideration of the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act (S. 744).
 
The Franken amendment, which passed committee on a unanimous voice vote, requires the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency to consider the best interests of children in detention, release and transfer decisions affecting their parents, as well as stipulations that require that immigrant parents must receive free, confidential calls to arrange for their children's care while in ICE custody.
 
The Leahy amendment, which would allow for U.S. citizens to sponsor their same-sex partners in family-based immigration procedures, was withdrawn.