Register for AILA’s National Day of Action (NDA) on April 11, 2019, to meet with members of Congress and share how the administration’s immigration policy changes are harming American families, businesses, and communities.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
On March 12, 2019, Representative Lucille 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.
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.
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 Fair Day in Courts for Kids Act of 2019, which would provide legal representation for unaccompanied immigrant children during removal proceedings.
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.
On 2/7/19, Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) introduced S. 386 to eliminate the per-country numerical limitation for employment-based immigrants and increase the per-country numerical limitation for family-sponsored immigrants. This is the Senate companion bill to H.R. 1044.
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.
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.
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.
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.