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S. 662 (116th): Fair Day in Court for Kids Act of 2019

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About the bill

Should undocumented children have a guaranteed right to a lawyer during their deportation trial?

Context and what the bill does

When undocumented people are caught crossing the U.S.-Mexico border, they’re sent to immigration court. But only about 32 percent of undocumented children caught are represented by a lawyer.

And that can make all the difference. More than 80 percent of such unrepresented children were deported, while only 12 percent of represented children were. After all, children almost never the intricacies of the legal system — or even English at all.

The Fair Day in Court for Kids Act would provide all unaccompanied children with legal representation when appearing in immigration court or removal proceedings.

It was introduced in the Senate on March 5 as bill number S. 662 ...

Sponsor and status

Mazie Hirono

Sponsor. Junior Senator for Hawaii. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Mar 5, 2019
Length: 10 pages
Mar 5, 2019
116th Congress (2019–2021)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on March 5, 2019, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.


21 Cosponsors (20 Democrats, 1 Independent)


Position statements

What legislators are saying

Hirono, Senate Democrats Call Attention to Treatment of Children at the Border
    — Sen. Mazie Hirono [D-HI] (Sponsor) on Jul 23, 2019

Senators Jones, Collins, Tester, and Crapo Introduce Legislation to Eliminate the Military Widows Tax
    — Sen. Doug Jones [D-AL, 2018-2020] on Mar 5, 2019

Senator Collins Joins Bipartisan Group in Introducing Legislation to Eliminate the Military Widows Tax
    — Sen. Susan Collins [R-ME] on Mar 12, 2019

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Mar 5, 2019

Bills and resolutions are referred to committees which debate the bill before possibly sending it on to the whole chamber.

S. 662 (116th) 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 S. 662. This is the one from the 116th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 116th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2019 to Jan 3, 2021. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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