New Bill Proposes Bond Hearings for Asylum Seekers Before Detention

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Undocumented immigrants board a bus before departing a US federal court following hearings in McAllen, Texas, July 3, 2018. (REUTERS/Loren Elliott)

Three lawmakers have reintroduced legislation that would require a bond hearing for all asylum seekers.

Senator Cory Booker (D-N.J.), along with US Representatives from Washington Pramila Jayapal and Adam Smith reintroduced the Dignity for Detained Immigrants Act on April 30, according to a statement. The bill would require all detained immigrants to have access to a bond hearing before an immigration judge and would force the government to provide evidence that migrants should be detained if they are a flight risk or are dangerous.

The bill would also require the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to set humane standards for the conditions of detention centers that house asylum seekers, according to the statement. It would also end the use of private prisons and county jails to detain immigrants….

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