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Congresswoman Karen Bass

Representing the 37th District of California

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June 27, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC — Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), top Democrat on the House Subcommittee on Global Human Rights, introduced H.R. 6236, the “Family Unity Rights and Protection Act”, which would require the federal government to reunite families that have been forcibly separated at the border. When she offered the bill as an amendment on the House floor for a vote this afternoon, House Republicans blocked the motion. You can watch Rep. Bass’ speech before the vote below:

June 27, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC — Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), top Democrat on the House Subcommittee on Global Human Rights, introduced H.R. 6236, the “Family Unity Rights and Protection Act”, which would require the federal government to reunite families that have been forcibly separated at the border.

“The separation of children at the border is a human rights violation. It’s government-sanctioned child abuse,” said Rep. Bass. “When the federal government is the one responsible for the separation, they should also be responsible for reunification. That responsibility was notably absent from Trump’s insufficient executive order that he issued last week.

June 26, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (D-IL-17) led Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) and 106 of her Democratic colleagues on a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar demanding to know how many tax dollars have been and are currently being used on President Trump's family separation policy. The letter asks several specific questions seeking to find the true cost to taxpayers covering the gamut of procedures these children have been put through - from capture, to transportation, to detainment and, hopefully, to reunification with their families. Below is the full text of the letter along with a list of signatories.

June 26, 2018

Dear Secretaries Azar and Nielsen:

As federal officials, we have a moral obligation to uphold the values that have always made America a beacon of hope, democracy and decency in the world.

We also have an obligation to the hardworking taxpayers across this nation who entrust us to spend their money wisely.

June 22, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC — Today, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 6, the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act of 2018, which included legislation drafted by Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) to clarify that states do not have the option to deny health coverage to former foster youth who aged out of the foster care system in a different state. You can watch her remarks regarding her bill below.

Full Remarks:

Mr. Speaker, I rise today in support of this bill and the foster youth who will benefit from its passage.

June 22, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC — Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) issued the following statement upon the passing of her dear friend and mentor, John Mack.

“There was perhaps no bigger leader in the fight for civil rights in Los Angeles than John.

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June 21, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON - Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) joined BBC World News to discuss the egregious separation of immigrant families at the border. Watch her full interview below.
June 20, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON - Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) joined ABC7 to discuss Trump's executive order which will not end his zero-tolerance immigration policy. Watch the interview below.
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June 20, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Today Congresswomen Debbie Dingell (MI-12) and Annie Kuster (NH-2) announced they are leading a group of more than 50 Democratic women in pressing the Secretaries of Homeland Security (DHS) and Health and Human Services (HHS) to release details about immigrant children separated from their parents.

“The Administration’s policy of separating children from their parents at the border is deeply concerning and it goes against our nation’s values and long history as a land of immigrants,” the lawmakers wrote. “As we learn more about the devastating effects of President Trump’s zero tolerance policy, we are seeing more and more images of some of the children that are being deta

June 19, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC — Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) issued the following statement calling for the resignation of Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen because of her role in the separation of immigrant families at the border.

“Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen must resign because of the human rights abuses our country has committed under her watch at our border.

“Under her leadership, the Department of Homeland Security has carried out state-sanctioned child abuse and yesterday, she took to the White House press podium and lied to the American people about her department’s involvement.

June 19, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC — Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) joined more than 100 of her colleagues in introducing the Keep Families Together Act of 2018 in response to the Trump administration’s insidious practice of family separation. This bill has also been introduced in the Senate by Senator Diane Feinstein of California.

“The separation of immigrant families is a violation of human rights,” said Rep. Bass, top Democrat on the House Subcommittee on Global Human Rights. “A civilized country should never levy lifelong trauma as a deterrent to immigrants seeking asylum, let alone defenseless children.

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