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Pending Legislation

116th Congress

H. Res. 1153: Condemning Unwanted, Unnecessary Medical Procedures on Individuals Without Their Full, Informed Consent

10/2/2020
The House of Representatives passed House Res. 1153 by a vote of 232–156, with 7 Republicans joining 225 Democrats. The bipartisan resolution condemns unwanted, unnecessary medical procedures on individuals in immigration detention without their full, informed consent. AILA endorsed the resolution.
AILA Doc. No. 20100101

H.R. 8319: Continuing Appropriations Act, 2021 and Other Extensions Act

9/21/2020
On 9/21/20, the House included the Emergency Stopgap USCIS Stabilization Act (H.R. 8089) in its Continuing Resolution (H.R. 8319). If passed, this would give USCIS access to funds to cover operating expenses and increase revenue by raising premium processing fees and expand premium processing.
AILA Doc. No. 20092232

H.R. 8089: The Emergency Stopgap USCIS Stabilization Act

8/22/2020
On 8/22/20, Representatives Lofgren, Nadler, Fortenberry, Cleaver, Buck, Welch, and Raskin introduced the Emergency Stopgap USCIS Stabilization Act (H.R. 8089). The bill seeks to temporarily prevent the need for USCIS furloughs by immediately increasing USCIS premium processing revenues.
AILA Doc. No. 20082432

H.R.7508: Supplemental Appropriations to USCIS

7/9/2020
On July 9, 2020, Representative Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO) introduced a bill to provide supplemental appropriations to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, and for other purposes.
AILA Doc. No. 20071434

HR. 7569: Immigration Enforcement Moratorium Act

7/9/2020
Reps. Escobar (TX-16) and Wilson (FL-24) introduced the “Immigration Enforcement Moratorium Act” to halt the administration’s harmful immigration enforcement activities during the COVID-19 pandemic, citing AILA’s prior calls on DOJ to cease in-person removal proceedings. AILA endorses this bill.
AILA Doc. No. 20071030

House Bill: National Security Innovation Pathway Act

6/16/2020
On 6/16/20, Representatives Langevin (D-RI) and Stefanik (R-NY) introduced the National Security Innovation Pathway Act to establish a process for admitting essential scientists and technical experts into the United States to promote and protect the National Security Innovation Base.
AILA Doc. No. 20062234

S. 4011: Immigration Enforcement Moratorium Act

6/18/2020
Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) announced the "Immigration Enforcement Moratorium Act," citing AILA’s prior calls on the DOJ to cease in-person removal proceedings during the public health emergency and introducing measures to promote fairness in immigration courts. AILA endorses this bill.
AILA Doc. No. 20061808

House Bill: Coronavirus Containment Act of 2020

6/1/2020
On June 1, 2020, Representative Nadler (D-NY) introduced the Coronavirus Containment Act of 2020 to require ICE to ensure that foreign nationals test negative for SARS-CoV-2 before repatriation or removal, and for other purposes. AILA endorses this bill.
AILA Doc. No. 20071633

House Bill: Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions Act (HEROES Act)

5/12/2020
On 5/12/20, Representative Lowey (D-NY), introduced the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions Act (HEROES Act) (H.R.__) to making emergency supplemental appropriations for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2020, and for other purposes. AILA endorses this bill.
AILA Doc. No. 20051238

H.R. 6788: The Healthcare Workforce Resilience Act

5/8/2020
On 5/8/20, Representatives Schneider, Cole, Finkenauer, and Bacon introduced H.R. 6788, the Healthcare Workforce Resilience Act, which seeks to enhance the healthcare workforce during the COVID-19 pandemic by recapturing 40,000 unused immigrant visas for doctors and nurses. AILA endorses this bill.
AILA Doc. No. 20050834

H.R. 6537: Federal Immigrant Release for Safety and Security Together Act (FIRST Act)

4/17/2020
On 4/17/20, Representative Jayapal (D-WA), introduced the Federal Immigrant Release for Safety and Security Together Act (FIRST Act) (H.R. 6537) to require the release of most individuals detained by ICE during a national emergency related to a communicable disease. AILA endorses this bill.
AILA Doc. No. 20050500

S. ___: Federal Immigrant Release for Safety and Security Together Act (FIRST Act)

5/4/2020
On 4/30/20, Senator Booker (D-NJ), introduced the Federal Immigrant Release for Safety and Security Together Act (S.__) to require the release of most individuals detained by ICE during a national emergency related to a communicable disease. AILA endorses this bill.
AILA Doc. No. 20050439

S. 3599: The Healthcare Workforce Resilience Act

5/5/2020
On 5/5/20, Senators Perdue, Young, Cornyn, Durbin, Coons, and Leahy introduced S. 3599, the Healthcare Workforce Resilience Act, which seeks to enhance the healthcare workforce during the COVID-19 pandemic by recapturing 40,000 unused immigrant visas for doctors and nurses. AILA endorses this bill.
AILA Doc. No. 20043032

H.R. 5971: The Case Backlog Transparency and Accountability Act of 2020

2/26/2020
On 2/26/20, Rep. Tony Cárdenas (D-CA) and Steve Stivers (R-OH) introduced H.R. 5971, the Case Backlog Transparency and Accountability Act of 2020. The bill establishes new USCIS and GAO reporting requirements concerning the status and contributors to USCIS’s case backlog. AILA endorses this bill.
AILA Doc. No. 20022632

H.R. 2214: National Origin-Based Antidiscrimination for Nonimmigrants (NO BAN) Act

2/12/2020
The NO BAN Act (H.R. 2214) would repeal several iterations of the travel ban and ensure that no future administration could issue similar bans that would block immigrants from entering the United States based on their religion. The House of Representatives passed H.R. 2214 on 7/22/20.
AILA Doc. No. 20021237

H.R. 5581: Access to Counsel Act of 2020

2/12/2020
The Access to Counsel Act of 2020 (H.R. 5581) guarantees access to legal counsel for people who are arriving at ports of entry and are subject to secondary or deferred inspection by CBP. The House Judiciary Committee marked up and passed H.R. 5581 on 2/12/20. AILA endorses this bill.
AILA Doc. No. 20021236

H.R. 5327: Resolving Extended Limbo for Immigrant Employees and Families (RELIEF) Act

12/5/2019
On December 5, 2019, Rep. Donna Shalala (D-FL) introduced the House companion version of the Resolving Extended Limbo for Immigrant Employees and Families Act or the RELIEF Act, which would eliminate the family- and employment-based green card backlog within five years. AILA endorses this bill.
AILA Doc. No. 19120930

H.R. 5038: Farm Workforce Modernization Act of 2019

11/12/2019
On 11/12/19, Representative Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), introduced the Farm Workforce Modernization Act of 2019 (H.R.5038) to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to provide for terms and conditions for nonimmigrant workers performing agricultural labor or services. AILA endorses this bill.
AILA Doc. No. 19103105

H.R. 4803: Citizenship for Children of Military Members and Civil Servants Act

10/23/2019
On 10/23/19, Representatives Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) and Doug Collins (R-GA) introduced the Citizenship for Children of Military Members and Civil Servants Act to ensure children born abroad to Federal Government personnel residing abroad acquire automatic U.S. citizenship.
AILA Doc. No. 19102334

S. 2603, Resolving Extended Limbo for Immigrant Employees and Families (RELIEF) Act

10/16/2019
Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), and Mazie Hirono (D-HI) introduced S. 2603, RELIEF Act, which would eliminate the per-country numerical limitation for employment-based immigrants and eliminate the family– and employment-based green card backlog over five years, among other things.
AILA Doc. No. 19101805

S.J.Res. 55: Immigrant Investor Program Modernization

9/24/2019
On 9/24/19, Senator Paul Rand (R-KY) introduced S.J.Res. 55, a joint resolution providing for congressional disapproval of the Immigrant Investor Program Modernization rule (84 FR 35750, 7/24/19).
AILA Doc. No. 19092709

S. 2540: EB-5 Reform and Integrity Act of 2019

9/24/2019
On 9/24/19, Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) introduced the EB-5 Reform and Integrity Act of 2019 to reauthorize the EB-5 Regional Center Program in order to “prevent fraud and promote and reform foreign capital investment and job creation in American communities.”
AILA Doc. No. 19052707

S.J.Res. 54: Relating to a National Emergency

9/10/2019
On 9/10/19, Senators Tom Udall (D-NM), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), and Susan Collins (R-ME) introduced S.J.Res.54, a joint resolution that would terminate the national emergency declared by President Trump on February 15, 2019.
AILA Doc. No. 19092530

S. 1494: Secure and Protect Act of 2019

5/15/2019
On 5/15/19, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC), introduced S. 1494. The bill would make the Flores Settlement Agreement that sets the current standards of detention of migrant children inapplicable and require asylum seekers to apply at processing centers in Central America and Mexico.
AILA Doc. No. 19073009

S. 2091: Backlog Elimination, Legal Immigration, and Employment Visa Enhancement (BELIEVE) Act

7/11/2019
On 7/11/19, Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) introduced the Backlog Elimination, Legal Immigration, and Employment Visa Enhancement Act (S. 2091), which would eliminate the per-country limit for employment-based immigrants and increase the number of green cards available each year, among other things.
AILA Doc. No. 19071136

H.R. 3524: Northern Triangle and Border Stabilization Act

6/27/2019
On 6/27/19, Representative Zoe Lofgren introduced a bill that seeks to address root causes of the refugee crisis at the border. AILA endorses this bill.
AILA Doc. No. 19062791

S. 1900: Making Emergency Supplemental Appropriations for the Fiscal Year Ending September 30, 2019, and for Other Purposes

6/28/2019
On 6/19/19, Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL) introduced S.1900, making emergency supplemental appropriations for FY2019. On 6/27/19, the House passed S. 1900, by a vote of 305-102. The bill is now expected to go to the White House for final signature and approval.

AILA Doc. No. 19062633

H.R. 3222: No Federal Funds for Public Charge Act of 2019

6/12/2019
On 6/12/19, Representative Judy Chu (D-CA) introduced the No Federal Funds for Public Charge Act of 2019 (H.R. 3222) to prohibit the use of federal funds to implement, administer, or enforce the proposed rule on inadmissibility on public charge grounds.
AILA Doc. No. 19081431

H.R. 3401: Making Emergency Supplemental Appropriations for the Fiscal Year Ending September 30, 2019, and For Other Purposes

6/26/2019
On 6/26/19, Representative Nita Lowey (D-NY), introduced H.R. 3401 making emergency supplemental appropriations for the fiscal year ending in September 30, 2019.
AILA Doc. No. 19062631

H.R. 3033: H-4 Employment Protection Act of 2019

5/28/2019
On 5/28/19, Representative Anna Eshoo (D-CA), introduced the H-4 Employment Protection Act of 2019 (H.R. 3033) to allow certain H-4 dependent spouses to apply for employment authorization.
AILA Doc. No. 19061196

H.___ : FY2020 Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations Bill

5/16/2019
On 5/16/19, Representative Jose Serrano (D-NY) introduced a house bill with appropriations for Department of Commerce and Justice Science, and Related Agencies, including EOIR, for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2020, and for other purposes.
AILA Doc. No. 19052802

S. 1103: Reforming American Immigration for a Strong Economy Act

4/10/2019
On 4/10/19, Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR), introduced S. 1103 to establish a skill-based immigration points system, to focus family-sponsored immigration on spouses and minor children, eliminate the Diversity Visa Program, and limit the number of asylum seekers admitted to the United States.
AILA Doc. No. 19050133

H.R. 6: American Dream and Promise Act of 2019

6/4/2019
On March 12, 2019, Rep. Roybal-Allard (D-CA) introduced H.R. 6 to allow Dreamers, TPS recipients, and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) recipients to apply for permanent legal status. On June 4, 2019, H.R. 6 passed the House of Representatives by a recorded vote of 237–187. AILA endorses this bill.
AILA Doc. No. 19031835

S.___: Immigration Court Improvement Act of 2019

3/6/2019
On 3/6/19, Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI), along with Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) and Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR), announced the Immigration Court Improvement Act of 2019, would help insulate immigration judges from political interference or manipulation. AILA endorses this bill.
AILA Doc. No. 19030638

S.___: Fair Day in Court for Kids Act of 2019

3/6/2019
On 3/6/19, Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI), along with Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) and Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR), announced the Fair Day in Courts for Kids Act of 2019, which would provide legal representation for unaccompanied immigrant children during removal proceedings. AILA endorses this bill.
AILA Doc. No. 19030637

H.R.590: Freedom of Religion Act of 2019

1/16/2019
On 1/16/19, Representative Donald S. Beyer, Jr. (D-VA) introduced the Freedom of Religion Act of 2019 (H.R. 395) to amend the INA to prohibit denying admission or entry to the United States, or other immigration benefits, because of religion.
AILA Doc. No. 19030132

S. 386: Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act of 2019

10/17/2019
On 9/18/19, Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) proposed a substitute amendment to S. 386, Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act of 2019, by amending the version passed by the House (H.R. 1044). A vote on this amendment will likely occur on the Senate floor on 9/19/19.
AILA Doc. No. 19022700

H.J.Res. 46: Relating to a National Emergency Declared by the President on February 15, 2019

2/22/2019
On 2/22/19, Representative Joaquin Castro (D-TX) introduced H.J.Res. 46 that would block the President’s emergency declaration on the southern border. On 2/26/19, the House passed the resolution and on 3/14/19, the Senate passed H.J.Res. 46. The president signed his first veto on 3/15/19.
AILA Doc. No. 19022201

H.R. 1044: Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act of 2019

7/10/2019
On 7/10/19, the House passed H.R. 1044 by a vote of 365 to 65. If enacted, the bill would eliminate the per-country numerical limitation for employment-based immigrants and increase the per-country numerical limitation for family-sponsored immigrants, among other things.
AILA Doc. No. 19020735

S. 326: Restrictions Against Illegitimate Declarations for Emergency Re-appropriations (RAIDER) Act of 2019

2/4/2019
On 2/4/19, Senators Tom Udall (D-NM) and Martin Heinrich (D-NM) introduced the RAIDER Act of 2019, which prevents the president from utilizing the National Emergencies Act of 1976 to use critical military construction and disaster response funds to construct his wall along the southern border.
AILA Doc. No. 19020435

S. Amdt. 5: End the Shutdown and Secure the Border Act

1/21/2019
On 1/21/19, Senate Republicans introduced a bill to end the partial shutdown by funding the Wall, more detention beds, and additional border patrol and ICE agents, while providing limited protection for Dreamers and TPS-holders, and banning Central American minors from seeking asylum at the border.
AILA Doc. No. 19012238