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H.R. 495 (115th): Protection of Children Act of 2017

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To amend the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008 to provide for the expedited removal of unaccompanied alien children who are not victims of a severe form of trafficking in persons and who do not have a fear of returning to their country of nationality or last habitual residence, and for other purposes.

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Sponsor and status

John R. Carter

Sponsor. Representative for Texas's 31st congressional district. Republican.

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Last Updated: Jan 12, 2017
Length: 8 pages
Jan 12, 2017
115th Congress (2017–2019)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on June 21, 2017, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.

Although this bill was not enacted, its provisions could have become law by being included in another bill. It is common for legislative text to be introduced concurrently in multiple bills (called companion bills), re-introduced in subsequent sessions of Congress in new bills, or added to larger bills (sometimes called omnibus bills).


6 Cosponsors (6 Republicans)


Position statements

What legislators are saying

Rep. Nadler: Republican Immigration Bill Subjects Unaccompanied Minors Seeking Asylum to Cross-Examination by ICE Attorneys About Sexual Abuse and Violence
    — Rep. Jerrold Nadler [D-NY12] on Jun 21, 2017

Statement on markup of H.R. 495, a Republican bill to remove child welfare protections
    — Rep. Zoe Lofgren [D-CA18] on Jun 21, 2017

Goodlatte Applauds President Trumps Commitment to Immigration Enforcement & Border Security
    — Rep. Bob Goodlatte [R-VA6, 1993-2018] on Aug 22, 2017

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Jan 12, 2017

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Jun 21, 2017
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H.R. 495 (115th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 495. This is the one from the 115th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 115th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2017 to Jan 3, 2019. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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