On 1/12/17, Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Jeff Flake (R-AZ), Chuck Schumer (D-NY), and Kamala Harris (D-CA) introduced the "Bar Removal of Immigrants Who Dream and Grow the Economy," or BRIDGE Act.
On 1/12/17, Mike Coffman (R-CO), Luis Gutierrez (D-IL), Carlos Curberlo (R-FL), Lucille Roybal-Allard (R-FL), Jeff Denham (R-CA), Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), and Judy Chu (D-CA), introduced the "Bar Removal of Immigrants Who Dream and Grow the Economy" (BRIDGE Act).
On 1/24/17, Representative Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) introduced the “High-Skilled Integrity and Fairness Act,” to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) to reform the H–1B visa program, and for other purposes.
On 2/9/17, Senator Kamala Harris of California, along with six fellow Democratic senators, introduced a bill to guarantee access to counsel to those held or detained at a port of entry or detention facility overseen by CBP or ICE.
On January 30, 2017, Senator Feinstein (D-CA) introduced a bill to rescind President Trump’s Executive Order (EO) barring immigrants and refugees from seven predominantly Muslim countries. The bill was co-sponsored by 37 senators.
On January 30, 2017, Representatives Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) and John Conyers (D-MI) introduced a bill to defund and rescind President Trump’s executive order banning travel from Muslim countries and suspending the refugee program. The legislation was co-sponsored by 179 House Democrats.
On 1/3/17, Representative Darrell Issa (R-CA) introduced the “Protect and Grow American Jobs Act,” which amends the INA to revise the definition of "exempt H-1B nonimmigrant" to eliminate the masters or higher degree requirement and raise the annual salary threshold requirement.
On 1/5/17, Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) introduced the “Protect American Families Act,” which would prohibit the creation of an immigration-related registry program that classifies people on the basis of religion, race, age, gender, ethnicity, national origin, nationality, or citizenship.
On 12/9/16, Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Jeff Flake (R-AZ), and Chuck Schumer (D-NY) introduced the "Bar Removal of Immigrants Who Dream and Grow the Economy," or BRIDGE Act.
On 12/9/16, Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ) introduced the Securing Active and Fair Enforcement Act, or SAFE Act, (S. 3546), which pairs the language of the BRIDGE Act with harsh mandatory detention and rapid 90-day removal requirements for certain people.
On 9/9/16, Representative Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) introduced the American Job Creation and Investment Promotion Reform Act of 2016 to implement new reforms, and to reauthorize the EB-5 Regional Center Program.
On July 14, 2016, Representative Darrell Issa (R-CA) introduced H.R. 5801, Protect and Grow American Jobs Act, which seeks to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to modify the definition of “exempt H-1B nonimmigrant.”
On July 14, 2016, Representatives Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) and Eliot L. Engel (D-NY) introduced the Secure the Northern Triangle Act, the House companion to legislation introduced by Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid (NV) last month.
On July 14, 2016, Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Al Franken (D-MN) and Mazie Hirono (D-HI) introduced the Refugee Protection Act of 2016, which includes provisions to address many of the severe, longstanding problems in the U.S. refugee and asylum systems.
On July 14, 2016, Representative Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) introduced the Refugee Protection Act of 2016, which includes provisions to address many of the severe, longstanding problems in the U.S. refugee and asylum systems.
On 6/27/16, Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA) introduced the Stop Dangerous Sanctuary Cities Act (S. 3100) which would force local police to become immigration enforcement agents by threatening to withhold millions of dollars in federal grants to so-called “Sanctuary Cities.”
On 4/27/16, Representatives Raul Grijalva (D-AZ), Keith Ellison (D-MN), and Judy Chu (D-CA) introduced a resolution to repeal specific provisions of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act (IIRIRA) and the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act (AEDPA).
On March 17, 2016, Representative Mike Honda (D-CA) introduced the Reuniting Families Act, which would help reduce the current family-based backlogs by increasing the number of green cards available, and eliminate discrimination against same-sex couples in our immigration laws.
On 3/14/16, Representatives Raul Labrador (R-ID) and Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) introduced H.R. 4731, Refugee Program Integrity Restoration Act of 2016, which would drastically reduce and cap refugee admissions in the United States.
On 2/26/16, Representatives Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), Luis Gutierrez (D-IL), and Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA) introduced the House version of the Fair Day in Court for Kids Act 2016, which mandates that unaccompanied children and vulnerable immigrants receive legal representation.
On 2/11/16, Democratic Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (NV), introduced the Fair Day in Court for Kids Act of 2016 (S. 2540), which mandates that unaccompanied children and vulnerable immigrants receive legal representation.
On 1/13/16, Representative Justin Amash (R-MI) introduced the Equal Protection in Travel Act of 2016 (H.R. 4380) to remove limitations on the ability of certain dual citizens from participating in the Visa Waiver Program.
On 1/20/16, Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ) introduced the Equal Protection in Travel Act of 2016 (S. 2449) to remove limitations on the ability of certain dual citizens from participating in the Visa Waiver Program.
On 11/19/15, House members voted 289-137 in favor of H.R. 4038, which would halt the refugee resettlement program for Iraqis and Syrians, which was introduced on 11/17/15. On 1/20/16, the bill failed to receive the necessary vote to move forward in the Senate.
On 10/06/15, Senator Vitter (R-LA) introduced S. 2146: Stop Sanctuary Policies and Protect Americans Act, which would limit grants to cities that do not comply with detainers issued by DHS and increase penalties for individual who illegally reenter the U.S.
On 7/6/16, the Senate voted down S. 3100, the "Stop Dangerous Sanctuary Cities Act," by a vote of 53 to 44, and S. 2193, the "Stop Illegal Reentry Act," by a vote of 55 to 42. Both proposals needed 60 votes to advance to the Senate floor.
On 7/9/15, Representative Duncan Hunter (R-CA) introduced H.R. 3009, Enforce the Law for Sanctuary Cities Act, to amend section 241(i) of the INA to deny assistance under such section to a State or locality that prohibits its officials from taking certain actions with respect to immigration.
On 6/3/15, Senator Leahy (D-VT) and Senator Grassley (R-IA) introduced S. 1501, American Job Creation and Investment Promotion Reform Action of 2015, “to promote and reform foreign capital investment and job creation in American communities.”
On 1/13/15, Senators Hatch (R-Utah), Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Rubio (R-Fla.), Coons (D-Del.), Flake (R-Ariz.), and Blumenthal (D-Conn.) introduced the Immigration Innovation (“I-Squared”) Act of 2015. This bill was first introduced in the 113th Congress.
In July 2014 the House and Senate Appropriations Committee Chairs, Representative Hal Rogers (R-KY) and Senator Barbara Mikulski (R-MD) respectively, introduced legislation to provide supplemental funding to address the Central American humanitarian crisis impact on the southern border.
On 7/17/14 Representatives Goodlatte (R-VA) and Chaffetz (R-UT) introduced H.R. 5137, the Asylum Reform and Border Protection Act to “to stop the surge of children, teenagers, and families from Central America seeking to enter the United States illegally.”
On 7/9/14 Sen. Flake (R-AZ) filed an amendment (to an unrelated bill) to amend the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008 to allow for the expedited removal of unaccompanied minors from non-contiguous countries.
Rep. Candice Miller (R-MI), Chair of the Border and Maritime Subcommittee of the House Homeland Security Committee, introduced H.R. 3846 to authorize U.S. Customs and Border Protection on 1/10/14 and H.R. 4279 to authorize Immigration and Customs Enforcement on 3/21/14.
On 6/14/13 Rep. Jeff Denham (R-CA) introduced H.R. 2377, the Encourage New Legalized Immigrants to Start Training (ENLIST) Act. On 5/19/14 Rep. Denham offered the ENLIST Act as an amendment to H.R. 4435, the National Defense Authorization Act for FY2015.
H.R. 11, S. 5 and S. 47, three bills to Reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act of 1994, have been introduced by Rep. Moore (D-WI), Sen. Reid (D-NV) and Sen. Leahy (D-VT) respectively in the 2013 Congress. Both Senate bill have bi-partisan support.
H.R. 717 – Reuniting Families Act, introduced by Rep. Honda (D-CA), contains practical solutions for reducing family immigration visa backlogs and promoting humane and timely reunification of immigrant families.
H.R. 435 - Military Enlistment Opportunity Act, introduced by Rep. Coffman (R-CO), broadens the pool of those eligible to enlist in the U.S. Armed Forces beyond citizens and lawful permanent residents, and those eligible under the narrow MAVNI provisions.
S. 169 – Immigration Innovation (I2) Act of 2013, introduced by Sens. Hatch (R-UT), Klobuchar (D-MN), Rubio (R-FL), and Coons (D-DE) on January 29, 2013, makes changes to the H-1B and student visas and increases access to employment-based green cards.