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House Proceeding 02-26-09 on Feb 26th, 2009 :: 0:25:15 to 0:29:00
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Lucille Roybal-Allard

0:25:15 to 0:25:38( Edit History Discussion )

Lucille Roybal-Allard: ms. roybal-allard: i rise to introduce the immigration, oversight and fairness act, which will help address the shameful detention in our family. it's bad that our country forces children caught on their own to spend harrowing nights in bordered jails and

Lucille Roybal-Allard

0:25:15 to 0:29:00( Edit History Discussion )
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Lucille Roybal-Allard

0:25:39 to 0:26:00( Edit History Discussion )

Lucille Roybal-Allard: incarcerates cells asylum seekers who came to these shores for freedom. these incould you seeable things should have never happened and americans should have never tolerated them. the act will help ensure the department of homeland security does not violate its own detention standards by strengthening existing regulations and giving them the

Lucille Roybal-Allard

0:26:01 to 0:26:21( Edit History Discussion )

Lucille Roybal-Allard: force of law. my bill ensures that all detainees can communicate with their lawyers and obtain needed medical care. it will also help to expand legal orientation programs so that detainees understand their rights and the likelihood of winning their cases. the immigration, oversight and fairness act also protects vulnerable children who are

Lucille Roybal-Allard

0:26:22 to 0:26:42( Edit History Discussion )

Lucille Roybal-Allard: arrested on their own and held in d.h.s. custody at border stations. a recent report by the women's refugee commission found that the border patrol continues to hold unaccompanied immigrant children in inappropriate conditions. this bill increases aining for the border patrol officers and facilitates speedy

Lucille Roybal-Allard

0:26:43 to 0:27:04( Edit History Discussion )

Lucille Roybal-Allard: transfers of children to safer, better equipped facilities. in addition, it expands the use of alternatives to detention. it costs the american payer nearly $2 billion a year to house detainees. yet, the vast majority of detained immigrants pose no threat to their communities or our country.

Lucille Roybal-Allard

0:27:05 to 0:27:26( Edit History Discussion )

Lucille Roybal-Allard: . this legislation will make it be possible for vulnerable population including families, prig pregnant women, and the elderly to be released using secure proven methods of supervision that come at a fraction of the cost of incarceration. addressing the problems that plague our detention facilities will require a new commitment to

Lucille Roybal-Allard

0:27:27 to 0:27:47( Edit History Discussion )

Lucille Roybal-Allard: openness and transparency. this bill therefore has oversight d accountable provisions which will shine a much needed light on a system that for too long has operated in the shadows. because of introduced this sensible reforms t correct the many failings of immigrant detention in this country, the

Lucille Roybal-Allard

0:27:48 to 0:28:09( Edit History Discussion )

Lucille Roybal-Allard: immigration oversight and fairness act has garnered broad base support. more than 100 faith, human i rights, civil liberties, immigrant, and community organizations have signed a letter endorsing my bill. i would like to specifically thank the lutheran immigration and refugee service, the american immigration lawyers

Lucille Roybal-Allard

0:28:10 to 0:28:30( Edit History Discussion )

Lucille Roybal-Allard: association, and the national immigrant justice center for the important role that they played in formulating this legislation and for the tireless work they do every day on behalf of immigrant detainees. madam speaker -- mr. speaker, the detention system in which thousands of detainees languish daily frequently denied access

Lucille Roybal-Allard

0:28:31 to 0:28:52( Edit History Discussion )

Lucille Roybal-Allard: to loved ones, legal counsel, and medical care, is incompatible with our laws and inconsistent with our american values. the immigration oversight and fairness act will ensure that our government honor its most seek red obligations to respect -- sacred obligations to respect our laws and protect the children entrusted to its care.

Lucille Roybal-Allard

0:28:53 to 0:29:00( Edit History Discussion )

Lucille Roybal-Allard: i look forward to working with the obama administration to fix america's broken immigration system. and i ask my colleagues to

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