Every year, bills are introduced in the House of Representatives to control illegal immigration, build fences on the U.S.-Mexican border and to grant benefits in the form of temporary visas and permanent residence.
The following immigration bills were introduced in Congress in 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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The House Judiciary Committee and it’s Immigration Subcommittee schedule hearings on a wide variety of immigration topics. Often, the webcasts of these hearings are broadcast live on the internet.
Representatives also sponsor private bills for constituents in sympathetic cases where there are no remedies under the immigration laws.
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