Sen. Menendez and Rep. Honda Introduce the Reuniting Families Act (S. 3514)

On 09/18/08, Senator Menendez (D-NJ) introduced the Reuniting Families Act (S. 3514), a bill aimed at promoting family unity in the immigration system.

A companion bill (H.R. 6938) was introduced in the House by Rep. Honda (D-CA)

If passed, the bill would:

  • Recapture immigrant visas lost to bureaucratic delays;
  • Reclassify the spouses and minor children of lawful permanent residents as immediate relatives;
  • Address country limits and unreasonably long backlogs;
  • Increase government discretion and flexibility in addressing numerous hardships caused by a provision that bars individuals unlawfully present in the United States from utilizing our legal immigration system;
  • Provide relief for certain orphans and widows of US citizens or lawful permanent residents, and;
  • Exempt certain veterans from the Philippines from immigrant visa limits.

For complete analysis of the bill, read the section-by-section analysis of the Reuniting Families Act.

Cite as AILA Doc. No. 08092368.