S.2256: Coordinating Care for Children Affected by Immigration Enforcement Act


S. 2256 would allow detained parents to make calls to arrange for the care of their children, ensure that children can call and visit their parents while they are detained, allow parents to participate in family court proceedings affecting their children, prohibit (absent medical necessity or extraordinary circumstances) children from serving as translators for their parents in immigration enforcement actions, ensure that parents can coordinate their departures with their children, and require Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to consider the best interests of children in detention, release, and transfer decisions affecting their parents.

H.R. 3451 is the House companion bill introduced by Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard.

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Talking Points

  • Children who are impacted by the administration's Family Separation policies face threats to their mental and physical well-being.
  • Parents and children should, at the very least, be able to communicate and coordinate during instances of family separation.
  • The National Assembly supports legislation that supports the health and well-being of immigrants and their children.
  • When all members of our community feel safe and supported, we all thrive.

Our Stance




Bill Number


Date Introduced

July 24, 2019


Senate Judiciary Committee

Bill Status

Introduced or Prefiled


Sen. Tina Smith