H.R.2842: POD Act of 2019
The POD Act would prohibit any policy by a federal agency to limit access to immigration detention centers for members of Congress.
- The National Assembly supports this bill because it would likely provide increased oversight over the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) with respect to the detention of undocumented immigrants, including minors and children.
- The National Assembly supports reforms to the detention system to better protect immigrants’ humanity and provide swift and fair adjudications.
- Our country presently detains more than 400,000 immigrants for some period of time in a given year, many of whom have committed no offense and are arrested only for lack of legal status.
- Detention and deportation should be reserved as a last resort because our communities are best equipped to build well-being when families are permitted to remain together and contribute to our society.