S.3776 (Families First Immigration Enforcement Act) - would establish procedures DHS must follow when carrying out an immigration workplace enforcement operation "reasonably calculated to apprehend, or results in the apprehension of," at least 50 aliens, including: (1) advance notification of state officials so that state law enforcement may notify state social service agencies (SSAs); (2) notification of appropriate nongovernmental organizations (NGOs); (3) giving appropriate SSAs access to aliens detained in the enforcement action to determine whether the arrest will place the detainee's dependents at risk; (4) medical screenings to identity and report any medical issues that may necessitate humanitarian release or additional care; (5) immediate consideration of recommendations made by SSAs and the Division of Immigration Health Services about detainees who should be released on humanitarian grounds (e.g., pregnant women, nursing mothers, sole caretakers of minor children or elderly relatives, those will ill spouses or who are younger than 18 years old); and (6) provision of, and advertisement of in the mainstream and foreign language media, a toll-free telephone number through which detainees' family members may report their relationships to operators for more information about the related detainee's status.
Would require the release from DHS custody within 72 hours of a
detained alien if he: (1) is not subject to mandatory detention; (2) does not
pose an immediate flight risk; or (3) falls under any of the categories noted
in (5) above (i.e., pregnant women, etc.); would allow such release: (1) on the
alien's own recognizance or on parole; (2) posting of at least a $1,500 bond;
or (3) through the Intensive Supervision Appearance Program or a similar
program; and would grant aliens apprehended in such an enforcement action
access to legal orientation presentations provided by independent NGOs through
the Legal Orientation Program administered by the Executive Office for
Immigration Review. Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) is the bill’s main sponsor.