IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
March 25, 2021
Mr. Kennedy introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary
To amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to clarify the contempt authority of immigration judges, and for other purposes.
This Act may be cited as the
Empowering Immigration Courts Act.
Contempt authority of immigration judges
Section 240(b)(1) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1229a(b)(1)) is amended by striking
(under regulations prescribed by the Attorney General) to sanction by civil money penalty any action (or inaction) in contempt of the judge's proper exercise of authority under this Act and inserting
to sanction by fine contempt of its authority in accordance with section 401 of title 18, United States Code.