Thursday, July 17
(Washington, DC) -- The Senate Minority Whip is pushing legislation that would streamline how the U.S. deals with unaccompanied minors coming across the border from Central America. Texas Republican John Cornyn says the current immigration system has led to a backlog in hearings and the "warehousing" of migrants in makeshift detention centers in several states. He says his bill would ensure all migrant children will be treated fairly under the law. Under Cornyn's bill, unaccompanied minors waiting for hearings would be placed in the care of federally-approved sponsors, instead of being locked up in overcrowded facilities.