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S. 505 (116th): Korematsu-Takai Civil Liberties Protection Act of 2019


The text of the bill below is as of Feb 14, 2019 (Introduced). The bill was not enacted into law.


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116th CONGRESS

1st Session

S. 505

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

February 14, 2019

(for herself, Mr. Blumenthal, Mr. Booker, Mr. Durbin, Mrs. Feinstein, Ms. Harris, Ms. Hirono, Ms. Klobuchar, Mr. Markey, Mrs. Murray, Ms. Rosen, Mr. Schatz, Ms. Smith, and Ms. Warren) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary

A BILL

To ensure due process protections of individuals in the United States against unlawful detention based solely on a protected characteristic.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Korematsu-Takai Civil Liberties Protection Act of 2019.

2.

Prohibition against unlawful detention

Section 4001 of title 18, United States Code, is amended—

(1)

by redesignating subsection (b) as subsection (c); and

(2)

by inserting after subsection (a) the following:

(b)

Prohibition on detention based on protected characteristics

(1)

In general

No individual may be imprisoned or otherwise detained based solely on an actual or perceived protected characteristic of the individual.

(2)

Definition

In this subsection, the term protected characteristic includes each of the following:

(A)

Race.

(B)

Ethnicity.

(C)

National origin.

(D)

Religion.

(E)

Sex.

(F)

Gender identity.

(G)

Sexual orientation.

(H)

Disability.

(I)

Any additional characteristic that the Attorney General determines to be a protected characteristic.

(3)

Rule of construction

Nothing in this subsection shall be construed to allow the Attorney General to remove a characteristic described in subparagraphs (A) through (H) of paragraph (2) from the definition of the term protected characteristic under this subsection.

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