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Photo courtesy of Congresswoman Grace Meng's office
Congresswoman Grace Meng at an Appropriations Committee meeting on March 20, 2018.

Queens representative Grace Meng continued her fight for immigration reform this week with new legislation introduced within days of returning from immigration facilities along the U.S./Mexico border in Texas.

The Congresswoman introduced two bills to the House of Representatives that would improve living conditions for children separated from their parents after illegally crossing the border. While visiting the McAllen Border Patrol Precessing Center and Port Isabel Detention Center in Texas, Meng witnessed the damaging effects of family separation firsthand and has been critical of the lack of oversight in reuniting families.

“It is appalling that parents who had their kids ripped away from them are still separated from their children, and that the president still has no concrete plan to bring them back together,” said Meng in a press release. “But while these children are detained without their parents, it is essential that the government provide them with the best care possible, and that they have advocates who are on their side. My bills would ensure that children are afforded these vital protections, and I urge all of my colleagues to support these two measures. It is critical that the best interests of these children be served.”

Meng introduced the Better Care for Kids Act, which would require improved training for federal personnel who are tasked with caring for children and ensure that they can minimize trauma experience by “tender-age children.”

Her second measure, the Child Advocate Program Re-authorization Act, would bring back the Child Advocate Program that expired in 2017. This initiative appoints independent child advocates for vulnerable unaccompanied alien children and child trafficking victims, and the bill would extend the program through 2022.

On June 1, the Department of Health and Human Services announced its desire to provide a child advocate program for at least 550 children in locations around the country, including New York and Brownsville, Texas — where the Port Isabel Detention Center is located.

Both bills have been referred to the House Judiciary Committee where they are awaiting further action.

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