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Immigration and Citizenship Resources

Overview of immigration and citizenship resources, including websites and organizations at the local and national level.

Immigration Legislation - S. 3036 – Keep Families Together Act

Sponsor: Sen. Feinstein, Dianne [D-CA] (Introduced 06/07/2018)
Committees: Senate - Judiciary
Latest Action: Senate - 06/07/2018 Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary. 

 

 

https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/senate-bill/3036; accessed June 18, 2018.

Immigration Leglislation - R. 2572 – Protect Family Values at the Border Act

Sponsor: Rep. Roybal-Allard, Lucille [D-CA-40] (Introduced 05/19/2017)
Committees: House - Judiciary; Homeland Security
Latest Action: House - 06/23/2017 Referred to the Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security.

 

Introduced in House (05/19/2017)

Protect Family Values at the Border Act

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) shall: (1) consider safety and family concerns in any action related to the repatriation or prosecution of individuals apprehended for immigration violations, and (2) provide related training for U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and cooperating entity personnel.

DHS, with certain exceptions, shall certify every 180 days that it has deported or otherwise removed an apprehended individual from the United States through an entry or exit point on the southern border only during daylight hours.

DHS shall promulgate regulations establishing short-term custody standards providing for basic minimums of care at all CBP facilities holding individuals in CBP custody.

https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/2572; accessed June 18, 2018.

 

Non-profit Organizations - R. 5950/S.2937 – the HELP Separated Children Act

Sponsor: Sen. Smith, Tina [D-MN] (Introduced 05/23/2018)
Committees: Senate - Judiciary
Latest Action: Senate - 05/23/2018 Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary. 

 

https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/senate-bill/2937; accessed June 18, 2018.

Non-profit Organizations - R. 2043/S. 2468 – Fair Day in Court for Kids Act of 2018

Sponsor: Rep. Lofgren, Zoe [D-CA-19] (Introduced 04/06/2017)
Committees: House - Judiciary
Latest Action: House - 05/01/2017 Referred to the Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security.

 

Introduced in House (04/06/2017)

Fair Day in Court for Kids Act of 2017

This bill amends the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) authorize the Department of Justice (DOJ) to appoint or provide counsel at government expense to aliens in removal proceedings.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) shall provide an alien in removal proceedings with all relevant documents in its possession, unless the alien has knowingly waived the right to such documents. In the absence of a waiver, a removal proceeding may not proceed until the alien has received and had time to review the documents.

DOJ may appoint or provide counsel to aliens in any INA proceeding.

DHS shall ensure that aliens have access to counsel inside all immigration detention and border facilities.

DOJ shall appoint counsel, at government expense if necessary, for an unaccompanied alien child or a particularly vulnerable individual. If DOJ has consolidated any such alien's case with that of any other alien and that other alien does not have counsel, the appointed counsel shall be appointed to represent the other alien as well.

DHS shall: (1) facilitate access to counsel for all aliens detained in facilities under the supervision of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement or of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP); and (2) establish procedures to ensure that legal orientation programs are available for all detained aliens, including aliens held in CBP facilities.

DOJ shall develop and administer a two-year pilot program at not fewer than two immigration courts to grant access to legal information to non-detained aliens with pending asylum claims.

DHS shall establish a pilot program to increase the court appearance rates of unaccompanied alien children and particularly vulnerable individuals by contracting with nongovernmental, community-based organizations to provide such aliens with case management services. The pilot program shall not be used to monitor individuals designated as unaccompanied alien children under the Homeland Security Act.

If DOJ fails to appoint counsel for an unaccompanied alien child or vulnerable person: (1) no limitation pertaining to the filing of any motion to reopen the removal proceeding shall apply, and (2) the filing of such a motion shall stay the removal of the alien.

 

 

 

https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/2043; accessed June 18, 2018.