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Pending Legislation

116th Congress

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 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, 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.
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 Doc. No. 19030638

S.___: Fair Day in Court for Kids 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 Fair Day in Courts for Kids Act of 2019, which would provide legal representation for unaccompanied immigrant children during removal proceedings.
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

7/11/2019
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.
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