H.R. 3531 (111th): HELP Separated Children Act

Jul 31, 2009 (111th Congress, 2009–2010)
Died (Referred to Committee)
Lynn Woolsey
Representative for California's 6th congressional district
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Jul 31, 2009
31 pages
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H.R. 2607 (112th) was a re-introduction of this bill in a later Congress.

Referred to Committee
Last Action: Jul 21, 2011


This bill was introduced on July 31, 2009, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted.

Introduced Jul 31, 2009
Referred to Committee Jul 31, 2009
Full Title

To provide protection for children affected by the immigration laws of the United States, and for other purposes.


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16 cosponsors (16D) (show)

House Judiciary

Immigration and Border Security

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Humane Enforcement and Legal Protections for Separated Children Act or the HELP Separated Children Act - Sets forth: (1) apprehension procedures for immigration enforcement-related activities engaged in by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) or by other entities under agreement with DHS; and (2) related protections for apprehended persons who belong to specified vulnerable population groups.
Amends the Immigration and Nationality Act to: (1) authorize an alien who has been arrested or detained pending a removal determination to be represented by counsel (at no cost to the government); and (2) require that an alien who has been in such custody for more that 48 hours be brought for a custody determination not later than 72 hours after commencement of detention.
Amends part E (Foster Care and Adoption Assistance) of title IV of the Social Security Act to require that state plans for foster care and adoption assistance include provisions regarding foster care children with a parent, legal guardian, or primary caregiver relative who is in immigration detainment or has been removed from the United States.
Directs the Secretary of DHS to: (1) mandate vulnerable population and child welfare training for immigration enforcement personnel; and (2) ensure that immigration detention facilities take steps to preserve family unity.

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