Should people under immigraton inspection have a right to counsel?
• “There is no real definition of what constitutes the ‘briefest term and least restrictive conditions practicable… This could be used to justify the release of aliens [into the U.S.].” Source: Preston Huennekens (Government Relations Associate, FAIR)
• “The day after the President signed his inhumane Muslim Ban executive order, innocent men, women and children at Seattle-Tacoma and airports across the country were detained and barred from entering the United States without any access to counsel… Unlawfully detaining and deporting individuals is wrong, and denying them access to an attorney is a gross violation of basic rights. To uphold principles of due process and fair treatment, this bill will ensure the government gives individuals access to an attorney.” Source: Rep. Pramila Jayapal (Democrat, Washington, District 7)
Awaiting Vote .
This bill gives various protections for U.S. nationals, lawful permanent residents, aliens in possession of a visa, and refugees subject to secondary or deferred inspections when coming into the U.S. These protections include making sure people have meaningful opportunity to speak with counsel or related parties like relatives within an hour of an inspection starting. It may not seem like they are related to the bill, but this is because representatives sometimes use amendments as an opportunity to bring new issues to the table or change how the bill will be received or voted on. (House Amendment to the Senate Amendment to H.R. 2486) Sponsor: Rep. Pramila Jayapal (Democrat, Washington, District 7)