Round-Up of Immigration Related Legislation (February 2011)

The following immigration-related bills were introduced into the House of Representatives and the Senate in February 2011:

House Bills

Nuclear Family Priority Act (H.R. 692)
Introduced by Rep. Gingrey (R-GA) on 2/14/11
Summary: Amends the Immigration and Nationality Act to replace existing family-sponsored immigrant categories with a single preference allocation for spouses and children of permanent resident aliens. Reduces the number of, and revises the calculation for, fiscal year family-sponsored immigrant entrants. Establishes a nonimmigrant visa category for an alien who is a parent of a U.S. citizen at least 21 years old.

E-Verify Modernization Act of 2011 (H.R. 693)
Introduced by Rep. Gingrey (R-GA) on 2/14/11
Summary: A bill to amend the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 (8 U.S.C. 1324a note) to make the E-Verify program permanent and mandatory, and to provide for certain changes to procedures for participants in the program.

Tibetan Refugee Assistance Act of 2011 (H.R. 699)
Introduced by Rep. Sensenbrenner (R-WI) on 2/14/11
Summary: Makes 3,000 immigrant visas in FY2012-FY2014 available to individuals who were born in Tibet and have been continuously residing in India or Nepal prior to the date of the enactment of this Act. Makes such visas available to the sons, daughters, grandsons, or granddaughters of such individuals.

Security and Fairness Enhancement (SAFE) for America Act (H.R. 704)
Introduced by Rep. Goodlatte (R-VA) on 2/15/11
Summary: A bill to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to eliminate the diversity immigrant program.

Keeping Families Together Act of 2011 (H.R. 713)
Introduced by Rep. Filner (D-CA) on 2/15/11
Summary: Amends IIRAIRA to repeal the provision amending the definition of "aggravated felony," and restore provisions of law amended by such provision as if it had not been enacted, including residency-or status-related rights of an affected legal alien. Amends the INA to revise detention of criminal alien provisions, effective as if included in the Act. Repeals, as if included in the Act: (1) certain provisions respecting termination of continuous presence or physical presence in the United States, and (2) the definition of "conviction." Authorizes the DHS Secretary to admit certain lawfully admitted permanent resident aliens returning to the U.S. who temporarily proceeded abroad voluntarily and not under an order of deportation or removal, effective as of a specified date, as if certain sections of AEDPA and the Act had not been enacted. Revises provisions respecting judicial review of removal orders. Requires the Secretary to establish a post-proceeding removal relief process for affected aliens.

Visitors Interested in Strengthening America (VISA) Act of 2011 (H.R. 714)
Introduced by Rep. Filner (D-CA) on 2/15/11
Summary: A bill to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to permit certain Mexican children, and accompanying adults, to obtain a waiver of the documentation requirements otherwise required to enter the United States as a temporary visitor.

Save Our Border Communities Act (H.R. 717)
Introduced by Rep. Filner (D-CA) on 2/15/11
Summary: A bill to authorize federal payment to first responders for costs associated with providing emergency services at the international borders of the United States, and for other purposes.

Jobs Recovery by Ensuring a Legal American Workforce Act of 2011 (H.R. 800)
Introduced by Rep. Carter (R-TX) on 2/18/11
Summary: A bill to make the E-verify program permanent, and to provide for penalties to enforce compliance with the program, and for other purposes.

Senate Bills

USA PATRIOT Act Sunset Extension Act of 2011 (S. 290)
Introduced by Sen. Leahy (D-VT) on 2/3/11
Summary: A bill to extend the sunset of certain provisions of the USA PATRIOT Act, and for other purposes.

USA PATRIOT Reauthorization Act of 2011 (S. 291)
Introduced by Sen. McConnell (R-KY) on 2/3/11
Summary: A bill to repeal the sunset provisions in the USA PATRIOT Improvement and Reauthorization Act of 2005 and other related provisions and permanently reauthorize the USA PATRIOT Act.

Strengthening Our Commitment to Legal Immigration and America's Security Act (S. 332)
Introduced by Sen. Hatch (R-UT) on 2/14/11
Summary: A bill to promote the enforcement of immigration laws and for other purposes.

North Korean Refugee Adoption Act of 2011 (S. 416)
Introduced by Sen. Burr (R-NC) on 2/28/11
Summary: A bill to develop a strategy for assisting stateless children from North Korea, and for other purposes.

Note: Each week hundreds of bills are introduced into the House and Senate, and the likelihood of any particular bill moving is usually very small. The bills posted on this page represent all immigration-related legislation introduced this week, not legislation AILA believes is important or likely to succeed.

Stay tuned to AILA's Proposed Legislation page for updates on pressing legislative activity.

Cite as AILA Doc. No. 11030335.