Upton votes for, House passes Short-Term Detention Standards Act
Legislation advances following Upton and Problem Solvers Caucus’ visit to the southern border
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today voted for and the House passed bipartisan legislation – H.R. 3670, the Short-Term Detention Standards Act – that would ensure individuals apprehended by Customs and Border Protection would have access to temporary shelter with access to bathroom and shower facilities, water and appropriate nutrition, hygiene and personal grooming items, and sanitation needs.
Upton is a cosponsor of the legislation, which was introduced by U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-MI). Slotkin and Upton traveled with the Problem Solvers Caucus to the southern border last week and toured a number of facilities, including a point of entry, a border patrol station, and a centralized processing center and participated in briefings and discussions with border patrol agents.
“As I said last week, our visit to the border was extremely sobering and the situation will clearly continue to get worse if we do not take action,” Upton said. “Our system is overwhelmed, period. I know the border patrol agents we talked to are committed to working hard and doing the best they can to address the enormous task before them. I believe this legislation is simply common sense and ensures those in our nation’s care receive appropriate and humane treatment.”
The Homeland Security Act of 2002 currently only requires access to food and water.