The House passed a bill on Thursday to establish timelines and improved health standards for health screenings at the border. The bill would also require the DHS to submit a report to Congress on recommendations to improve screenings and create an electronic health record system for those apprehended at the border. Both of these provisions would be implemented within 30 days of implementation of the bill, if it is passed by the Senate and signed into law. Rep. Jim Banks (R-Ind.) criticized the bill for “diverting resources” from “core” CBP activities and into medical screenings. The U.S. Border Patrol Medical Screening and Standards Act passed in a 230-184 vote, and is now facing the Senate, where it has a slim chance of passing.

– Weekly Immigration Briefing by Olivia Hester, Immigration Law Analyst at Docketwise

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