Summary

                            To clarify the rights of all persons who are held or detained at a port of entry or at any detention facility overseen by U.S. Customs and Border Protection or U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Introduced in House
This bill amends the Immigration and Nationality Act to provide an individual in
any removal, exclusion, or deportation proceeding or inspection (excluding
primary inspections as defined by Department of Homeland Security policies) with
a right to representation (at no expense to the government) by counsel of such
individual's choosing, including remote counseling if counsel cannot personally
meet with the individual. 

A person held or detained at a port of entry may not submit a valid Record of
Abandonment of Lawful Permanent Resident Status or Withdrawal of Application for
Admission if such person has been denied access to counsel.

The bill extends the right to be accompanied, represented, and advised by
counsel or other qualified representative before a government agency to any
person subject to a proceeding, examination, holding, or detention.

The holding or detention of individuals at a port of entry or at any holding or
detention facility overseen by U.S. Customs and Border Protection or U.S.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement shall: (1) be limited to the briefest term
and the least restrictive conditions practicable, (2) be consistent with the
rationale for such holding or detention; and (3) shall include access to food,
water, and rest room facilities.



                        

Actions

  • Referred to the Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security.

    Feb 24th, 2017
  • Sponsor introductory remarks on measure. (CR H1161)

    Feb 14th, 2017
  • Referred to the Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security.

    Feb 13th, 2017
  • Referred to House Homeland Security

    Feb 13th, 2017
  • Referred to House Judiciary

    Feb 13th, 2017
  • Referred to the Committee on the Judiciary, and in addition to the Committee on Homeland Security, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.

    Feb 13th, 2017
  • Introduced in House

    Feb 13th, 2017
  • Introduced in House

    Feb 13th, 2017