US Senate passes $4.6bn border funding bill – live updates

GOP-led Senate passes bill with strong bipartisan support, while Republican senators urge investigation of Trump sexual assault allegation

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Senator and presidential hopeful Cory Booker is calling for hearings on reports of ICE using solitary confinement in migrant detention camps, often against mentally ill persons, and detainees who hadn’t violated any rules.

In a letter to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, Booker cites May reports by NBC News and The Intercept that ICE placed thousands of immigrants in solitary confinement between 2012 and 2017.

ICE’s own policy seems to recognize the dangers of solitary confinement. The policy states that the ‘[p]lacement of detainees in segregated housing is a serious step that requires careful consideration of alternatives… In particular, placement in administrative segregation due to a special vulnerability should be used only as a last resort and when no other viable housing options exist.’”

-Cory Booker

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The Senate passed its own border supplement bill Wednesday with strong bipartisan support after the House passed one last night on a much tighter margin.

Both bills allocate funding to address the humanitarian crisis, but the two pieces of legislation differ substantially in the details. The House bill has more constraints than the Senate version on how the Trump administration would use the money, leaving the next step unclear.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi on border supplemental bill: “It’s for the children, the children, the children. It’s about lifting them up in a way that takes them beyond what we do today. This is a very strong first step for us… for the children. It’s very exciting.”

Related: US House passes $4.5bn emergency aid package for migrants held at border

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Source: theguardian