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115th CONGRESS
  1st Session
                                H. R. 858

      To require the Attorney General to make grants to nonprofit 
  organizations to offer legal assistance to certain aliens lawfully 
 admitted for permanent residence, DACA recipients, and refugees, and 
                          for other purposes.


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                    IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

                            February 3, 2017

 Mr. Correa (for himself, Ms. Hanabusa, Mrs. Napolitano, Mr. Cardenas, 
Mr. Gutierrez, Mr. Espaillat, Mr. Serrano, Ms. Schakowsky, Ms. Lee, Ms. 
  Clarke of New York, Ms. Judy Chu of California, Mr. Garamendi, Mr. 
 Lowenthal, Mr. Huffman, Ms. Barragan, Mr. Nadler, Ms. Velazquez, Mr. 
 Levin, Ms. Jayapal, Ms. Maxine Waters of California, Mrs. Torres, Ms. 
 Jackson Lee, Mr. Brendan F. Boyle of Pennsylvania, Mr. Carbajal, Mr. 
Vargas, Ms. Lofgren, Mr. Perlmutter, Mr. Gonzalez of Texas, Mr. Takano, 
 Mr. Brown of Maryland, Mr. Soto, Mr. Ben Ray Lujan of New Mexico, Ms. 
  Blunt Rochester, Mr. Yarmuth, Mr. Khanna, Mr. Suozzi, Mr. Grijalva, 
   Mrs. Watson Coleman, Mr. Jeffries, Mr. Blumenauer, Ms. Wasserman 
   Schultz, Mr. McGovern, Mr. Vela, Mr. DeSaulnier, Ms. Norton, Mr. 
Cummings, Mr. Hastings, Ms. Roybal-Allard, Mr. O'Rourke, Mr. Schneider, 
   Mr. Veasey, Ms. Eshoo, Ms. Speier, Ms. McCollum, Mr. Thompson of 
 California, and Mr. Raskin) introduced the following bill; which was 
               referred to the Committee on the Judiciary

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                                 A BILL


 
      To require the Attorney General to make grants to nonprofit 
  organizations to offer legal assistance to certain aliens lawfully 
 admitted for permanent residence, DACA recipients, and refugees, and 
                          for other purposes.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the 
United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

    This Act may be cited as the ``DREAMers, Immigrants, and Refugees 
(DIRe) Legal Aid Act''.

SEC. 2. GRANTS FOR LEGAL ASSISTANCE.

    (a) In General.--Not later than 120 days after the date of the 
enactment of this Act, the Attorney General shall, subject to the 
availability of appropriations, make grants to nonprofit legal services 
providers with immigration law expertise to provide legal services and 
advice with respect to the immigration laws (and any executive branch 
orders, regulations, rules, memoranda, or other guidance under such 
laws) to aliens who--
            (1) are present in the United States;
            (2) are described in subsection (b); and
            (3) have been ordered removed, are in removal proceedings, 
        or are at risk of being denied entry or admission into the 
        United States.
    (b) Aliens Described.--An alien is described in this subsection 
if--
            (1) the alien is lawfully admitted to the United States for 
        permanent residence;
            (2) the alien received a grant of deferred action under the 
        Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program established 
        pursuant to the memorandum of the Secretary of Homeland 
        Security dated June 15, 2012; or
            (3) the alien, or the alien's spouse or parent, has been 
        admitted, or has been determined to be qualified for admission, 
        as a refugee.
    (c) Dissemination of Contact Information.--The Secretary of 
Homeland Security shall provide aliens described in subsection (a) with 
the contact information for providers receiving funds under this 
section and shall afford aliens in detention an opportunity to speak in 
person or by telephone to, and arrange representation by, such a 
provider.
    (d) Authorization of Appropriations.--There are authorized to be 
appropriated $5,000,000 to carry out this section.

SEC. 3. STUDY ON DISPARITIES IN OUTCOMES FOR ALIENS IN REMOVAL 
              PROCEEDINGS BASED ON HAVING LEGAL REPRESENTATION.

    Not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of this 
Act, the Secretary of Homeland Security, acting through the Under 
Secretary for Science and Technology, shall carry out a study on the 
relative outcomes for individuals in removal proceedings who have legal 
representation as compared to individuals who lack legal representation 
and shall submit to the Congress recommendations for correcting any 
disparities in outcomes found through such study.
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