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H.R. 1700 (114th): Vulnerable Immigrant Voice Act

The text of the bill below is as of Mar 26, 2015 (Introduced). The bill was not enacted into law.



1st Session

H. R. 1700


March 26, 2015

(for himself, Ms. Bass, Mr. Deutch, Ms. Chu of California, Ms. Lee, Mr. Serrano, Ms. Norton, and Mr. McGovern) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary


To amend section 292 of the Immigration and Nationality Act to require the Attorney General to appoint counsel for unaccompanied alien children and aliens with serious mental disabilities, and for other purposes.


Short title

This Act may be cited as the Vulnerable Immigrant Voice Act.


Appointment of counsel in certain cases


Appointment of counsel for unaccompanied alien children and aliens with a serious mental disability

Section 292 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1362) is amended—


by inserting (a) before In any;


by striking (at no expense to the Government);


by striking he shall and inserting the person shall; and


by adding at the end the following:


Except as provided in subsection (c), the Government is not required to provide counsel to aliens under subsection (a).


Notwithstanding subsection (b), the Attorney General shall appoint counsel, at the expense of the Government if necessary (to the extent provided in appropriations Acts), to represent an alien in a removal proceeding who—


has been determined by the Secretary to be an unaccompanied alien child (as defined in section 462 of the Homeland Security Act of 2002 (6 U.S.C. 279(g))); or


is unable to represent himself or herself due to a serious mental disability that would be included in section 3(1) of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (42 U.S.C. 12102(1)).




There are authorized to be appropriated such sums as may be necessary to carry out the amendments made by this section.