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Full Text of SB2379  103rd General Assembly




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1    AN ACT concerning State government.
2    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
3represented in the General Assembly:
4    Section 5. The Right to Counsel in Immigration Proceedings
5Act is amended by changing Sections 1, 5, 10, 15, 20, and 99 as
7    (20 ILCS 4112/15)
8    (Section scheduled to be repealed on July 1, 2024)
9    Sec. 15. Task Force on Counsel in Immigration Proceedings.
10    (a) The Task Force on Counsel in Immigration Proceedings
11is established.
12    (b) The Task Force shall consist of the following 7
14        (1) the Governor, or his or her designee;
15        (2) the President of the Senate, or his or her
16    designee;
17        (3) the Minority Leader of the Senate, or his or her
18    designee;
19        (4) the Speaker of the House of Representatives, or
20    his or her designee;
21        (5) the Minority Leader of the House of
22    Representatives, or his or her designee;
23        (6) the Attorney General, or his or her designee; and



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1        (7) the Secretary of Human Services, or his or her
2    designee.
3    (c) Members of the Task Force shall serve without
5    (d) The Department of Human Services shall provide
6administrative and other support to the Task Force.
7    (e) The Task Force shall investigate the implementation of
8universal representation for covered individuals in
9immigration removal proceedings as described in subsection (f)
10of Section 5. The Task Force investigation shall include, but
11is not limited to, the following matters:
12        (1) the estimated number of covered individuals facing
13    a covered proceeding;
14        (2) the current infrastructure for providing
15    independent, competent, and zealous legal representation
16    in a covered proceeding;
17        (3) the additional resources, including salaries and
18    benefits for attorneys and support staff, training,
19    supervision, and material resources that would need to be
20    added to the existing infrastructure described in
21    paragraph (2) in order to provide independent, competent,
22    and zealous legal representation for the number of covered
23    individuals described in paragraph (1), including
24    mechanisms for subcontracted relationships with
25    independent experts and social service providers;
26        (4) the estimated annual cost of the additional



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1    resources described in paragraph (3);
2        (5) funding sources, public and private, that are or
3    would be available to pay for the additional resources
4    described in paragraph (3); and
5        (6) the estimated annual cost of bond payment support
6    needed for covered individuals facing a covered
7    proceeding, and the feasibility of a State-sponsored bond
8    fund for those individuals.
9    (f) In order for the Governor and General Assembly to
10evaluate different scopes of legal representation in
11immigration court proceedings, the Task Force investigation
12described in subsection (e) shall provide additional findings
13in the following categories:
14        (1) State domiciliary versus non-State domiciliary
15    covered individuals, and, among the State domiciliary
16    covered individuals, the regions of residence within the
17    State;
18        (2) household income above and below 250% of the
19    federal poverty line;
20        (3) type of proceedings in which the covered
21    individuals need legal representation; and
22        (4) current percentages of covered individuals in
23    covered proceedings with and without legal representation.
24    (g) The Task Force shall submit a report of its findings in
25the investigation described in subsection (e) and its
26recommendations for how to fully provide legal representation



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1for covered individuals facing covered proceedings no later
2than July 1, 2024 2023.
3(Source: P.A. 102-827, eff. 5-13-22.)
4    (20 ILCS 4112/20)
5    (Section scheduled to be repealed on July 1, 2024)
6    Sec. 20. Repeal. This Act is repealed on July 1, 2025 2024.
7(Source: P.A. 102-827, eff. 5-13-22.)
8    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
9becoming law.