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house Bill H.R. 168

Should Deported Parents & Spouses of U.S. Citizens Get a Pathway to Citizenship?

Argument in favor

Barriers to the reentry of U.S. citizens parents or spouses who have been deported should be removed, it’s unjust to keep families apart.

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02/16/2019
Immigrants add value to the US. It’s the fundament upon which the country was so successful.
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Susan's Opinion
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It used to be that if you married a US citizen you became a US citizen. When the hell did that change?
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Protecting families should be a priority.
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Argument opposed

If a person has been deported because they entered the country illegally they should be ineligible for legal status to live in the U.S. permanently.

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While I don’t directly disagree with this bill, there needs to be an overhaul of the immigration process before lawmakers start trying to do things of this sort. Instead of trying to piece meal a policy together actually do your job and compromise with each other. Doing some quick research on Google, take it as you wish, it takes minimum of a year to get a green card then actually get official citizenship. I feel with the technology we have today this could be vetted quicker but the officials need to ensure the people trying to come in are not going to posed a potential threat.
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No, bills like this are insults to immigrants who go through the process to come here legally.
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They are still illegal then the children if old enough become the sponsors and they should go through the system. Read your immigration process my had to be a sponsor for her husband whom spent the last 14 years spending 6 months here then back in the UK. They knew each other and they decided to marry the immigration office required she sponsor him and she had to go through a intense investigation as did he. 22 meetings you can not miss with $5,000 in fees and still now he was approved, he has a 6 month DL and has to go back and renew it after another 6 months for his permanent DL. This all took 2 to 3 years and the system works why can’t these people do the same. You Democratic assholes stand up and sponsor them show you care for them not just getting illegal their vote then dump them like a tool. Take them into their homes we know Pelosi would not she already chased them away from her walled in home. So use the system and stop acting like a child.
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      house Committees
      Committee on the Judiciary
    IntroducedJanuary 3rd, 2019

What is House Bill H.R. 168?

This bill — the Reentry and Reunification Act of 2018 — would provide lawful permanent resident status to spouses and parents of U.S. citizens who are inadmissible to or deportable from the U.S. Eligible immigrants couldn’t have a significant criminal history beyond immigration violations or minor traffic offenses, must have been of good moral character and been physically present in the country continuously for the four years prior to the bill’s enactment.

Prospective immigrants would have to apply within the three years following this bill’s enactment. The continuous presence provision would be violated if the applicant left the U.S. for any period exceeding 90 days or for any periods exceeding 180 days in the aggregate, although extensions would be granted for extenuating circumstances such as serious illness or travel authorized by the Dept. of Homeland Security. Immigrants admitted under this legislation wouldn’t be subject to numerical limitations set by immigration laws.

Impact

Spouses and parents of U.S. citizens who have been deported or are inadmissible; and Homeland Security.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 168

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-Depth: Sponsoring Rep. Al Green (D-TX) introduced this bill to provide a path to U.S. citizenship for spouses and parents of U.S. citizens who had been previously been deported:

“Under current law, if someone entered the country unlawfully, made any attempt to reenter, or was deported, they are immediately excluded from applying for citizenship in the U.S. due to the punitive nature of our current immigration system. However, this bill would remove those barriers to reentry if the individual is the spouse or parent of a U.S. citizen and does not have a criminal history… Families are a cornerstone of this country, and our government should not be in the business of tearing them apart. We need legislation like the Reentry and Reunification Act to create a more just and humane immigration system and ensure that we are giving all hardworking families every opportunity to thrive.”

The Center for Immigration Studies' Dan Cadman opposed this bill when it was introduced in the 115th Congress, writing that: 

"It probably comes as no surprise that I don't favor any measure that gives reentrants-after-removal some kind of automatic track to resident alien status. In the first place, simply having a child born in the United States doesn't suggest any kind of affinity for our country; to the contrary, such a measure may simply act as a questionable impetus for having children. Of course, the statement of the bill's sponsor, Rep. Green, makes the obligatory obeisance to family life in America: 'Families are a cornerstone of our country, and our government should not be in the business of tearing them apart.' That's just throwaway language. Our society already does a great job on its own of tearing families apart, and revealing that the 1950s and even '60s-era television sitcom version of families no longer applies, if it ever did... Disturbingly, it would appear that the bill doesn't even contain any kind of qualifier to require that the alien who would receive resident status have been a responsible parent who acted as a primary caregiver or, at minimum, has provided adequate financial support to raise the child decently. Then there is the fact that such children aren't just United States citizens; they are dual nationals. I am uncomfortable with such split allegiances, but they are a ground reality. The child will almost certainly be a legally cognizable citizen of Mexico, or Honduras, or Guatemala, or virtually anywhere else in the world that the parent(s) came from. Yes, I understand that often such countries don't enjoy the same standard of living as most Americans. But it's also true that many immigrants in the United States are at the lower echelons of our economic ladder and don't enjoy the same standard of living as middle-class Americans. What's more, the implication underlying this bill strikes me as elitist: who is to say that living a more modest life in another country is somehow less honorable or less worth living than residing in the United States? Finally there is the question of this bill asserting that access to resident status will require that the alien be of 'good moral character'. It makes a mockery of the phrase. How can we make such an assumption about any individual who has proven him- or herself to be a scofflaw and repeat immigration violator? If they show such contempt for our immigration laws, why should they benefit from them? In short, it seems to me that Rep. Green's bill is just a stealth amnesty for people who have shown no particular merit to deserve such largesse. Let us hope it gets shelved."

Last Congress, this bill had the support of 34 cosponsors, all of whom were Democrats.


Of Note: Under current law, noncitizens who attempt to enter the U.S. without authorization, who attempted illegal re-entry, or who were deported can't apply for U.S. citizenship.

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Summary by Eric Revell

(Photo Credit: fstop123 / iStock)

AKA

Reentry and Reunification Act

Official Title

To authorize the Secretary of Homeland Security to provide lawful permanent resident status to previously removed alien parents and spouses of citizens of the United States, and for other purposes.

    Immigrants add value to the US. It’s the fundament upon which the country was so successful.
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    While I don’t directly disagree with this bill, there needs to be an overhaul of the immigration process before lawmakers start trying to do things of this sort. Instead of trying to piece meal a policy together actually do your job and compromise with each other. Doing some quick research on Google, take it as you wish, it takes minimum of a year to get a green card then actually get official citizenship. I feel with the technology we have today this could be vetted quicker but the officials need to ensure the people trying to come in are not going to posed a potential threat.
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    It used to be that if you married a US citizen you became a US citizen. When the hell did that change?
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    Protecting families should be a priority.
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    If Melania’s family can have a pathway to citizenship, every American should have the same opportunity.
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    Immigrants have historically been our greatest asset as a nation. Every effort should be made to reunite immigrant family members as this program outlines.
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    Have some humanity. If a person shows respect to this country, help them to stay. Especially if they have family here. There’s numerous reasons why a person may have overstayed their visa, even come here illegally. But if they are working, they are supporting a family, then they should be given a chance.
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    Yes. Take the politics out of the equation.
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    No, bills like this are insults to immigrants who go through the process to come here legally.
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    Although I support this bill I have absolutely no faith in Congress or the Administration when it comes to immigration. This bigoted, racist, craziness has been going on a very long time. In the 1910’s my grandmother, who was born in this country and a U.S. citizen, had her citizenship stripped from her because she married a German immigrant. Both of them went through the steps to gain citizenship, my grandmother included, even though she was born here.
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    Ripping families apart is cruelty under most conditions. Let families be together.
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    They are still illegal then the children if old enough become the sponsors and they should go through the system. Read your immigration process my had to be a sponsor for her husband whom spent the last 14 years spending 6 months here then back in the UK. They knew each other and they decided to marry the immigration office required she sponsor him and she had to go through a intense investigation as did he. 22 meetings you can not miss with $5,000 in fees and still now he was approved, he has a 6 month DL and has to go back and renew it after another 6 months for his permanent DL. This all took 2 to 3 years and the system works why can’t these people do the same. You Democratic assholes stand up and sponsor them show you care for them not just getting illegal their vote then dump them like a tool. Take them into their homes we know Pelosi would not she already chased them away from her walled in home. So use the system and stop acting like a child.
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    I’m all in favor of a legal pathway. We need a wall to stop human trafficking and drugs. Why can’t people grasp this simple concept?? The media is lying to you
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    If it is okay to let in a mere Slovenian immigrant and her parents, what is the issue?
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    Spouses of citizens and parents of minor citizens should have a path to legal status. Defend the family and keep it together.
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    Hell yes! This is America
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    Immigrants who abide by the law benefit our country in a huge way. They should not be held in line because others cannot follow the law and overwhelm our immigration system. Let’s start praising and making it easier on those who did not start their lives in this country by committing a crime. Illegal immigration is immoral and hurts legal immigrants more than anyone else.
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    Our immigration system is so messed up babies have to be their own lawyers it’s safe to say a lot of non criminals were swept up in the name of “protecting” Americans.... we need to reunite families and many have citizens as family.
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    Heck Nay!
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    A lot of immigrants are fleeing the terrible living conditions in their countries that the U.S caused. If they’re able to make it into the U.S. and stay long enough to establish children and spouses that are U.S. citizens, they deserve to stay. It should be a human right to be able to live with their family. Not only that, the U.S.’s immigration policy makes it absurdly hard to legally get into the country. Visas take upward for 10 years to even be heard, it needs to get reformed to a more open border.
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