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REUNITE Act
Reunite Every Unaccompanied Newborn Infant, Toddler and other children Expeditiously Act

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Official Title as Introduced

To reunite families separated at or near ports of entry, and for other purposes.


Actions Overview (1)

Date Actions Overview
01/28/2021Introduced in House

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03/05/2021Referred to the Subcommittee on Immigration and Citizenship.
Action By: Committee on the Judiciary
01/28/2021Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.
Action By: House of Representatives
01/28/2021Introduced in House
Action By: House of Representatives

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Committee / Subcommittee Date Activity Related Documents
House Judiciary01/28/2021 Referred to
House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and Citizenship03/05/2021 Referred to

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Introduced in House (01/28/2021)

Reunite Every Unaccompanied Newborn Infant, Toddler and other children Expeditiously Act or the REUNITE Act

This bill directs the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to reunite children and their parents or legal guardians who were apprehended for illegal entry into the United States.

DHS and HHS shall develop procedures and programs, including procedures to (1) identify separated family members, (2) allow apprehended parents or legal guardians to have frequent no-cost contact with their separated children, and (3) coordinate with foreign consulates to locate apprehended individuals.

DHS and HHS shall ensure immediate reunification of apprehended children with a parent or legal guardian, but may make exceptions for the child's safety.

DHS and HHS may use DNA testing to determine family relationships, but shall first use other methods, such as official documents. DHS and HHS shall develop procedures for instances where the aliens refuse to consent to DNA testing. Collected DNA information may not be used for any purpose other than family reunification, including criminal or immigration enforcement.

The bill restores the Family Case Management Program, an alternative to detention program that uses case managers to promote compliance with immigration law obligations. DHS, HHS, and the Department of Justice (DOJ) shall establish the Office for Locating and Reuniting Children with Parents.

Aliens shall have access to counsel inside immigration detention facilities, and DOJ may provide counsel for immigration proceedings. DOJ shall provide counsel if necessary for children and vulnerable individuals, and children's cases shall be heard individually.