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H.R. 6553 - Our Communities, Our Choices Act of 2018

Sponsor: Pete Olson (R)
Introduced: 2018-07-26
Bill Status: Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.
 
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115th CONGRESS
2d Session
H. R. 6553


    To amend the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008 to require consultation with State and local elected officials and a public hearing before awarding grants or contracts for housing facilities for unaccompanied alien children.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

July 26, 2018

    Mr. Olson (for himself, Mr. Smith of Texas, and Mr. Poe of Texas) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary


A BILL

    To amend the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008 to require consultation with State and local elected officials and a public hearing before awarding grants or contracts for housing facilities for unaccompanied alien children.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the “Our Communities, Our Choices Act of 2018”.

SEC. 2. Requiring consultation with State and local elected officials and a public hearing before awarding grants or contracts for housing facilities for unaccompanied alien children.

Section 235(i) of the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008 (8 U.S.C. 1232(i)) is amended by adding at the end the following:

““Before awarding any grant or contract under this subsection that provide for housing of unaccompanied alien children in a facility that is not on property of the Federal Government, the Secretary shall—

“(1) consult with State and local elected officials regarding the location of the facility as well as the duration of the award and the safety, security, and funding of the facility; and

“(2) conduct a public hearing, no earlier than 90 days after the announcement of a potential location for such facility, for which—

“(A) advance public notice has been provided, in mediums available for general circulation in the proposed jurisdiction, at least 10 days before the date of the hearing; and

“(B) a representative of the Department of Health and Human Services is in attendance in an official capacity for the purpose of receiving public comments.”.


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