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Pending Legislation

Senate Bill: Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act for FY2018

11/22/2017
On 11/21/17, the Senate Committee on Appropriations released the text of the FY2018 Homeland Security Appropriations Bill.
AILA Doc. No. 17112135

H.R. 4184: Extending Status Protection for Eligible Refugees with Established Residency Act of 2017

10/31/2017
On 10/31/17, Representatives Carlos Curbelo (R-FL), Frederica Wilson (D-FL), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), and Alcee Hastings (D-FL) introduced the Extending Status Protection for Eligible Refugees with Established Residency Act of 2017 (ESPERER Act, or H.R. 4184).
AILA Doc. No. 17110737

H.R. 4253: American Promise Act of 2017

11/7/2017
On 11/3/17, Representative Nydia Velázquez (D-NY) introduced the American Promise Act of 2017 (H.R. 4253) to provide individuals who currently receive TPS and DED, and have resided in the U.S. under these programs for a period of three years, the ability to apply for lawful permanent residence.
AILA Doc. No. 17110735

S.792: Save Our Small and Seasonal Businesses Act of 2017

3/30/2017
On 3/30/17, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) introduced the Save Our Small and Seasonal Business Act of 2017 (S. 792) to amend the INA to establish an H–2B temporary non-agricultural work visa program.
AILA Doc. No. 17102331

S. 1937: Border Security and Deferred Action Recipient Relief Act

10/5/2017
On 10/5/17, Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ) introduced the Border Security and Deferred Action Recipient Relief Act, which would provide young people who were brought to the U.S. as children the chance to adjust their status, along with increase border security and interior enforcement measures.
AILA Doc. No. 17100662

H.R. 4092: Agricultural Guestworker Act (AG Act)

10/23/2017
On 10/23/17, Representative Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) introduced the Agricultural Guestworker Act (H.R. 4092) which seeks to create a new temporary agricultural guestworker program by replacing the current H-2A program with an H-2C visa for temporary agricultural workers.
AILA Doc. No. 17100331

S. 1852: SUCCEED Act

9/25/2017
On 9/25/17, Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC), James Lankford (R-OK) and Orrin Hatch (R-UT) introduced the SUCCEED Act, which would provide young people who were brought to the U.S. as children the chance to adjust their status, if they meet certain requirements.
AILA Doc. No. 17092505

H. Res. 529: To Express that J-1 Visa Programs are Vital to the U.S.

9/18/2017
On 9/18/17, Representative Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ) introduced H.Res. 529, to express that the J-1 visa programs are vital to the economy and national interest of the U.S. and Congress should continue to monitor the administration of these programs in their current form.
AILA Doc. No. 17092261

H.R. 3354: Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2018

9/14/2017
The Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2018 consolidates the omnibus appropriations for the Departments of Homeland Security and State, as well as Agriculture, Commerce, Financial Services, Labor, and Transportation.
AILA Doc. No. 17091442

H.R. 3775: Immigration in the National Interest Act of 2017

9/14/2017
On 9/14/17, Representative Lamar Smith (R-TX) introduced the Immigration in the National Interest Act of 2017 (H.R. 3775). This is the House companion bill of S. 1720, Reforming American Immigration for a Strong Economy (RAISE) Act, introduced by Senators Tom Cotton (R-AR) and David Perdue (R-GA).
AILA Doc. No. 17091435

H.R. 3711: Legal Workforce Act

9/8/2017
On 9/8/17, Congressman Lamar Smith (R-TX) introduced the Legal Workforce Act, which would make E-Verify mandatory for all U.S. employers.
AILA Doc. No. 17092033

H.R. 3697: Criminal Alien Gang Member Removal Act

9/7/2017
On 9/7/17, Representative Barbara Comstock (R-VA) introduced the Criminal Alien Gang Member Removal Act (H.R. 3697), which would amend the INA’s grounds of inadmissibility and deportability for those associated with criminal gangs, as well as amend the INA’s definition of a gang member.
AILA Doc. No. 17091133

H.R. 3695: Protect DREAMer Confidentiality Act of 2017

9/7/2017
On 9/7/17, Representatives Beto O’Rourke (D-TX) and Mike Coffman (R-CO) introduced the Protect DREAMer Confidentiality Act of 2017 (H.R. 3695), which would ensure the information DACA applicants provide the U.S. government is not used against them for immigration enforcement.
AILA Doc. No. 17091130

S.1757: Building America's Trust Act

8/3/2017
On 8/3/17, Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) introduced the Building America's Trust Act (S. 1757) to strengthen border security and to increase resources for enforcement of immigration laws, among other things.
AILA Doc. No. 17102303

H.R. 3471: American Job Creation and Investment Into Public Works Reform Act of 2017

7/27/2017
On 7/27/17, Representative Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) introduced the American Job Creation and Investment Into Public Works Reform Act of 2017. The bill aims to reform and reauthorize the EB-5 Regional Center Program.
AILA Doc. No. 17080431

S. 1720: Reforming American Immigration for a Strong Economy (RAISE) Act

8/2/2017
On 8/2/17, Senators Tom Cotton (R-AR) and David Perdue (R-GA) introduced the Reforming American Immigration for a Strong Economy (RAISE) Act, which would create a skills-based immigration points system, end the Diversity Visa Program, and reduce the number of family-based immigrants and refugees.
AILA Doc. No. 17080295

H.R. 3548: Border Security for America Act of 2017

7/28/2017
On 7/28/17, Representative Michael McCaul (R-TX) introduced the Border Security for America Act of 2017, which would among other things, authorize a southern border wall, increase the number of Border Patrol agents, and identify visa overstays.
AILA Doc. No. 17072803

H.R. 3591: American Hope Act of 2017

7/28/2017
On 7/28/17, Representative Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) introduced the American Hope Act of 2017, which would provide young people, who were brought to this country as children and grew up in the United States, the chance to apply for lawful permanent residence. The bill has over 110 cosponsors.
AILA Doc. No. 17072801

H.R. 3474: Border Security and Accountability Act of 2017

7/27/2017
On 7/27/17, Representative Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) reintroduced the Border Security and Accountability Act of 2017, which among other things seeks to increases personnel at ports of entry and protects the unique ecosystems of the borderlands.
AILA Doc. No. 17072800

H.R. 3440: Dream Act of 2017

7/26/2017
On 7/26/17, Representatives Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) and Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA) introduced the House version of the Dream Act of 2017, which would provide young people who were brought to the U.S. as children, the chance to apply for LPR status, if they meet certain requirements.
AILA Doc. No. 17072764

S. 1615: Dream Act of 2017

7/20/2017
On 7/20/17, Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) introduced the bipartisan Dream Act of 2017, which would provide young people who were brought to this country as children and grew up in the U.S., the chance to apply for lawful permanent residence, if they meet certain requirements.
AILA Doc. No. 17072104

H.R. 3219: Make America Secure Appropriations Act, 2018

7/18/2017
The Make America Secure Appropriations Act (H.R. 3219) is a “minibus” spending package that attached $1.6 billion for the construction of southern border wall to funding for the Department of Defense, Veterans Affairs, Military Construction and Energy.
AILA Doc. No. 17072699

S. 1560: Integrity in Border and Immigration Enforcement Act

7/13/2017
On 7/13/17, Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) introduced the Integrity in Border and Immigration Enforcement Act (S. 1560), which would require that all law enforcement applicants pass a law enforcement polygraph test, as well as require post-hire polygraph testing.
AILA Doc. No. 17072802

H.R.3355: Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2018

7/11/2017
On 7/11/17, the House Appropriations Committee introduced the Homeland Security Appropriations Bill for FY2018, which would provide funds to hire more ICE law enforcement agents, Border Patrol agents, and increase the number of detention beds.
AILA Doc. No. 17071208

H.R. 3004: Kate's Law

6/22/2017
On 6/22/17, Representative Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) introduced Kate's Law (H.R. 3004), which would increase penalties for individuals who illegally reenter the United States.
AILA Doc. No. 17062337

H.R. 3003: No Sanctuary for Criminals Act

6/22/2017
On 6/22/17, Representative Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) introduced the No Sanctuary for Criminals Act (H.R. 3003), a bill that would toughen penalties for so-called "sanctuary cities."
AILA Doc. No. 17062336

H.R. 2825: Department of Homeland Security Authorization Act of 2017

6/8/2017
On 6/8/17, Representative Michael McCaul (R-TX) and Representative Clay Higgins (R-LA) introduced the Department of Homeland Security Authorization Act of 2017 (H.R. 2825) to amend Homeland Security Act of 2002 to make changes in the laws administered by the Secretary of Homeland Security.
AILA Doc. No. 17061601

H.R. 2826: Refugee Program Integrity Restoration Act of 2017

6/8/2017
On 6/8/17, Representative Raul Labrador (R-ID) introduced the Refugee Program Integrity Restoration Act to provide for an annual adjustment of the number of admissible refugees.
AILA Doc. No. 17061238

H.R. 2751: U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Authorization Act

5/26/2017
On 5/26/17, Representative Clay Higgins (R-LA) introduced the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Authorization Act (H.R. 2751) to seeks to amend section 442 of the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to establish the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
AILA Doc. No. 17073105

H.R. 2752: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Authorization Act

5/26/2017
On 5/26/17, Representative Clay Higgins (R-LA) introduced the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Authorization Act (H.R. 2752) to seeks to amend section 451 of the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to establish USCIS.
AILA Doc. No. 17073102

H.R. 2690: Agricultural Worker Program Act of 2017

5/25/2017
On 5/25/17, Representative Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) introduced the Agricultural Worker Program Act of 2017. The bill would allow agricultural workers and their families to apply for work authorization if they meet certain requirements. This is the House companion to S. 1034.
AILA Doc. No. 17072464

H.R. 2407: United States Citizenship and Immigration Services Authorization Act of 2017

5/11/2017
On 5/11/17, Representative Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) introduced the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services Authorization Act of 2017 (H.R. 2407), which seeks to amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to establish United States Citizenship and Immigration Services.
AILA Doc. No. 17051638

H.R. 2406: Immigration and Customs Enforcement Authorization Act of 2017

5/11/2017
On 5/11/17, Representative Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) introduced the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Authorization Act of 2017 (H.R. 2406), which seeks to amend section 442 of the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to authorize United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
AILA Doc. No. 17051637

S. 1040: State Sponsored Visa Pilot Program Act of 2017

5/4/2017
On 5/4/17, Senators Ron Johnson (R-WI) and John McCain (R-AZ) introduced the State Sponsored Visa Pilot Program Act of 2017 (S. 1040) to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to provide for a state-sponsored nonimmigrant pilot program.
AILA Doc. No. 17060831

H.R. 2213: Anti-Border Corruption Reauthorization Act of 2017

4/27/2017
On 4/27/17, Representative Martha McSally (R-AZ) introduced the Anti-Border Corruption Reauthorization Act of 2017 (H.R. 2213) to allow U.S. Customs and Border Protection to waive polygraph examination requirements for applicants. On 6/7/17, the House passed H.R. 2213 by a 282 to 137 vote.
AILA Doc. No. 17051631

H.R. 2431: Michael Davis, Jr. and Danny Oliver in Honor of State and Local Law Enforcement Act

4/6/2017
On 4/6/17, Representative Raul Labrador (R-ID) introduced the Michael Davis, Jr. and Danny Oliver in Honor of State and Local Law Enforcement Act, which seeks to increase interior enforcement.
AILA Doc. No. 17051635

S.748: Protecting the Rights of Families and Immigrants Who Legally Entered From Detention Act

3/28/2017
On 3/28/17, Senators Menendez (D-NJ) and Harris (D-CA) introduced the Protecting the Rights of Families and Immigrants Who Legally Entered from Detention Act, which would rescind EO 13768 and protect against unlawful detentions and prohibit racial profiling by law enforcement or agencies.
AILA Doc. No. 17032932

S.668: A Bill to Nullify the Effect of the Executive Order on Border Security and Immigration Enforcement

3/16/2017
On 3/16/17, Senator Tom Carper (D-DE) introduced S.668, a bill to rescind President Trump’s Executive Order 13767, entitled “Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements.” The bill is co-sponsored by 26 senators.
AILA Doc. No. 17032900

S. 608: A Bill to Nullify the Effects of the Executive Order on Visa Issuance/Screening and Refugees

3/13/2017
On 3/13/17, Senator Feinstein (D-CA) introduced S. 608, a bill to rescind President Trump’s Executive Order 13780, entitled “Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States.” Thirty-eight other senators co-sponsored the bill.
AILA Doc. No. 17032202

H.R. 1503: Statue of Liberty Values Act of 2.0 (SOLVE Act)

3/10/2017
On 3/10/17, Representative Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) introduced the SOLVE Act 2.0, which aims to defund and void President Trump’s Executive Order 13780, “Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States.” One hundred seventy-two Democratic members co-sponsored the bill.
AILA Doc. No. 17032035

S. 549: A Bill to Block Implementation of Executive Order 13780

3/7/2017
On 3/7/17, Senator Christopher Murphy (D-CT) introduced S. 549, a bill to block implementation of President Trump’s Executive Order 13780 entitled “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States,” which was signed on 3/6/17.
AILA Doc. No. 17050435

H.R. 1303: H-1B and L-1 Visa Reform Act of 2017

3/2/2017
On 3/2/17, Representative Bill Pascrell (D-NJ) introduced the H-1B and L-1 Visa Reform Act of 2017 (H.R. 1303) to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to reform and reduce fraud and abuse in certain visa programs for temporary workers.
AILA Doc. No. 17041242

H.R. 1468: Recognizing America’s Children Act

3/9/2017
On 3/9/17, Representative Carlos Curbelo (R-FL) introduced the Recognizing America’s Children Act (H.R. 1468), which would allow young people who were brought to this country as children and grew up in the U.S. to adjust their status. The bill has 18 Republican cosponsors.
AILA Doc. No. 17083060

S. 415: A Bill to Nullify the Effects of the Executive Order on Interior Enforcement

2/16/2017
On 2/16/17, Senator Catherine Cortez-Masto (D-NV) introduced a bill to rescind President Trump’s January 25 executive order on interior enforcement, entitled “Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States.” The bill was co-sponsored by 20 Senators.
AILA Doc. No. 17022306

H.R. 724: Statue of Liberty Values Act of 2017

2/14/2017
On 1/30/17, 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.
AILA Doc. No. 17020135

S. 354: Reforming American Immigration for Strong Employment Act

2/13/2017
On 2/13/17, Senators Tom Cotton (R-AR) and David Perdue (R-GA) introduced the Reforming American Immigration for Strong Employment (RAISE) Act (S. 354). The bill seeks to end the Diversity Visa Program and reduce the number of family-sponsored immigrants and refugees, among other things.
AILA Doc. No. 17073103

H.R. 1006: Access to Counsel Act

2/13/2017
On 2/13/17, Congresswoman Jayapal Pramila (D-WA) introduced the Access to Counsel Act (H.R. 1006) to clarify the rights of all persons held or detained at a port of entry or at any detention facility overseen by CBP or ICE. Forty-eight Democratic members co-sponsored the bill.
AILA Doc. No. 17030360

S. 349: Access to Counsel Act

2/9/2017
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.
AILA Doc. No. 17021430

H.R.920: Protecting Our Border Communities Act of 2017

2/7/2017
On 2/7/17, Representative Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) introduced the Protecting Our Border Communities Act of 2017 (H.R. 920) to prohibit the use of federal funds to enforce Executive Order 13767, entitled "Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements.” The bill is cosponsored by 25 Democrats.
AILA Doc. No. 17030831

H.R.921: Community Trust Act of 2017

2/7/2017
On 2/7/17, Representative Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) introduced the Community Trust Act of 2017 (H.R. 921), which would prohibit the use of federal funds to enforce Executive Order 13768, entitled “Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States.” The bill is cosponsored by 26 Democrats.
AILA Doc. No. 17030833

S. 303: A Bill to Rescind State and Local Immigration Enforcement Authority

2/3/2017
On 2/3/17, Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ), Brian Schatz (D-HI), Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Kamala Harris (D-CA), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), and Tom Carper (D-DE) introduced a bill to amend 287(g) from the Immigration and Nationality Act.
AILA Doc. No. 17022307

S. 240: To Nullify the Effects of the Executive Order on Visa Issuance/Screening and Refugees

1/30/2017
On 1/30/17, 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.
AILA Doc. No. 17020137

H.R. 670: High-Skilled Integrity and Fairness Act of 2017

1/24/2017
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.
AILA Doc. No. 17021432

S.180: H-1B and L-1 Visa Reform Act of 2017

1/20/2017
On 1/20/17, Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) introduced the H-1B and L-1 Visa Reform Act of 2017 (S.180) to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to reform and reduce fraud and abuse in certain visa programs for temporary workers. The bill was cosponsored by three Democratic senators.
AILA Doc. No. 17030330

S. 128: Bar Removal of Immigrants Who Dream and Grow the Economy

1/12/2017
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.
AILA Doc. No. 17021434

H.R. 495: Protection of Children Act of 2017

1/12/2017
On 1/12/17, Representative John Carter (R-TX) introduced a bill to amend the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008 to eliminate the special repatriation requirements for unaccompanied children who are nationals or residents of a country bordering the U.S.
AILA Doc. No. 17061236

H.R. 496: Bar Removal of Immigrants Who Dream and Grow the Economy

1/12/2017
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).
AILA Doc. No. 17021433

H.R. 392: Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act of 2017

1/10/2017
On 1/10/17, Rep. Chaffetz, Jason (R-UT) introduced a bill to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to eliminate the per-country numerical limitation for employment-based immigrants, to increase the per-country numerical limitation for family-sponsored immigrants, and for other purposes.
AILA Doc. No. 17041402

H.R. 391: Asylum Reform and Border Protection Act of 2017

1/10/2017
On 1/10/17, Representative Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) introduced the Asylum Reform and Border Protection Act of 2017 (H.R. 391) to modify the treatment of unaccompanied alien children.
AILA Doc. No. 17070700

S.54: Protect American Families Act

1/5/2017
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.
AILA Doc. No. 17012463

H.R.170: Protect and Grow American Jobs Act

11/15/2017
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.
AILA Doc. No. 17012464