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house Bill H.R. 1958

Should Homeland Security Offer Financial Aid to Help Foreign Gov’ts Repatriate Their Citizens Who Threaten U.S. National Security?

Argument in favor

Giving known or suspected terrorists’ home countries funds to help them repatriate these dangerous individuals back to their countries of origin will help make the U.S. safer. It is also a more efficient financial solution than the federal government processing, detaining, and deporting them.

JustJeeps's Opinion
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04/27/2019
Charter flights, be rid of them, bill these countries by decreasing foreign aid payments to them by 1MM per head. That should get attention.
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Daniel 's Opinion
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04/26/2019
In the form of Free Military buses, trains, and airlift transport to bring them back home. No monetary aid.
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Ed's Opinion
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05/01/2019
Another stupid plan from Trump. It amounts to bribery, or tribute, which we should not pay. Resort to the DUE PROCESS OF LAW. That might be a tad much to expect from this regime, though.
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Argument opposed

Congress shouldn’t give the Dept. of Homeland Security or any other agency the authority to give foreign governments financial assistance to repatriate their citizens who’ve been deemed a threat to U.S. national security. They should be processed, detained, and deported through the normal process.

Kodiwodi's Opinion
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04/26/2019
There’s a reason why this bill has No Cosponsors. It’s insane. No money should be spent by any agency to help foreign nations repatriate their terrorists or suspected terrorists. Let’s bribe them to take back their criminals? No. Deal with terrorists here or buy them a ticket home one way. There are too many other problems with this bill as well. A terrorist has had due process. A suspected terrorist has not. Who’s deciding who is a threat or potential threat? Again this seems a targeted effort that is based in bigotry. This seems to be backwards. If you wish to send foreign aid to countries so that they might keep them there safe and well fed, I’d go for that.
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Cherie65's Opinion
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04/26/2019
Nope. If a foreign individual poses a threat to our national security, kick them out. It's that simple.
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Daniel's Opinion
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04/26/2019
Why would we pay money to another country for them to take back a terrorist.
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bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
  • The house has not voted
      house Committees
      Border Security, Facilitation, and Operations
      Committee on Foreign Affairs
    IntroducedMarch 28th, 2019

What is House Bill H.R. 1958?

This bill — the Repatriation Assistance Act of 2019 — would give the Dept. of Homeland Security (DHS) the authority to provide financial support to foreign governments so they can return individuals from outside the Western Hemisphere to their home country when such persons pose a national security threat to the U.S.

Impact

Special interest aliens (SIAs); foreign nations in the U.S. who pose a threat to U.S. national security; DHS; and non-Western foreign governments with nationals who pose a threat to the U.S. present in the U.S.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 1958

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-DepthRep. Michael McCaul (R-TX) reintroduced this bill from the 115th Congress to allow the Dept. of Homeland Security (DHS) to provide financial support to foreign governments to return individuals from outside the Western Hemisphere to their home country if they pose a national security threat to the U.S. When he introduced this bill in the 115th Congress, Rep. McCaul said:

“Known or Suspected Terrorists, wanted criminals, and other bad actors are exploiting illicit pathways throughout our hemisphere and racing towards our border. These individuals pose a serious threat to our national security and to the security of the countries they travel through. By empowering DHS with this authority, our foreign partners will be able to better identify, detain, and transport these dangerous individuals back to their country of origin. This legislation will extend our borders and increase our homeland security by addressing the threats well before they reach U.S. soil.”

Expressing its support for giving DHS repatriation authority in a November 2018 backgrounder, the Center for Immigration Studies noted, “Mexico, Panama, and several other common SIA transit countries practice catch-and-release of SIA migrants. This entails post-apprehension provision of food and medical attention for 10-21 days and then release with temporary legal status with an expectation that migrants will exit their countries northward — often with direct and indirect government assistance. These policies critically enable SIA smuggling and are actually incorporated into smuggling business models.”

This bill doesn’t have any cosponsors in the 116th Congress. It also didn’t have any cosponsors in the 115th Congress. While it hasn’t expressed explicit support for this bill, the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) has supported authorizing DHS repatriation authority as far back as November 2018.


Of NoteIn January 2019, the House Homeland Security Committee released a report, “Stopping Terrorist Travel Through Illicit Paths to the Homeland,” containing 10 recommendations for mitigating the threat posed by special interest aliens (SIAs) in the U.S. Providing DHS with repatriation authority was among those recommendations:

“[T]he authority of U.S. entities to assist the repatriation of individuals from foreign countries is limited and unclear. As the department responsible for immigration and removal, DHS does not have authority to provide foreign assistance; and, as the department responsible for foreign assistance, DOS does not have the authority to fund operational activities such as repatriation and removal. Congress should therefore provide DHS the authority to give financial assistance to foreign partners to support the repatriation of individuals that impact the security of the United States. This will be a major tool for thwarting any potential threats before they reach the Homeland, while also improving security and decreasing migration flows throughout the Western Hemisphere. Additionally, while it will require additional funding on the front end to our regional partners, it will greatly reduce the amount of money spent on processing, detaining, and removing individuals after they reach our border.”


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Summary by Lorelei Yang

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AKA

Repatriation Assistance Act of 2019

Official Title

To amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to authorize provision to a foreign government of financial assistance for foreign country operations to address individuals who may pose a national security, border security, or terrorist threat to the United States before such a threat reaches the United States, and for other purposes.

    There’s a reason why this bill has No Cosponsors. It’s insane. No money should be spent by any agency to help foreign nations repatriate their terrorists or suspected terrorists. Let’s bribe them to take back their criminals? No. Deal with terrorists here or buy them a ticket home one way. There are too many other problems with this bill as well. A terrorist has had due process. A suspected terrorist has not. Who’s deciding who is a threat or potential threat? Again this seems a targeted effort that is based in bigotry. This seems to be backwards. If you wish to send foreign aid to countries so that they might keep them there safe and well fed, I’d go for that.
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    Nope. If a foreign individual poses a threat to our national security, kick them out. It's that simple.
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    Why would we pay money to another country for them to take back a terrorist.
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    That’s insanity. No we will not bribe other sovereign nations to take their terrorists. Just process them and deport them like we always have.
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    Why should we pay them to take their citizens back? They should pay us the cost of investigating, capturing, and holding them. I was under the impression that the loser pays the fees in a legal case.
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    No Way Should The American Taxpayers Pay 4 Foreign Nationals. SneakyPete. 4*26*19/
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    This bill is concentrated stupidity. It’s like Congress wakes up in the morning and first thing mixes up a large pitcher of dumbass. And then they chug it like it’s a frat party.
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    Other countries need to pay for their own problems with no help from our citizens only their citizens !!!
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    So we are going to pay someone to take their bad guys home? I think a one way plane ticket would work. More humane than just returning the body.
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    And, where is the accountability? We just give monies to governments with no follow through.
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    What level of insanity is this?
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    Congress shouldn’t give the Dept. of Homeland Security or any other agency the authority to give foreign governments financial assistance to repatriate their citizens who’ve been deemed a threat to U.S. national security. They should be processed, detained, and deported through the normal process.
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    No! Those countries need to take back their people COD if they've threatened our security. This bill is kind of insane.
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    What a stupid waste!
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    Providing financial aid to foreign countries is the responsibility of the State Department. How about the different departments of our government working together instead of collecting their own little empires.
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    Sounds like a great way for other nations to profit from exporting their troublemakers. If we catch them? $$$ If we don't? They're still gone.... Win/win for having porous borders.
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    Have you all LOST YOUR MINDS?
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    This is stupid!
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    Every Republican is complaining that foreign countries get to much money from the US now, and now they want to give them more to do our job ??? Good Grief. Ridiculous. Congress shouldn’t give the Dept. of Homeland Security or any other agency the authority money for a person deemed a threat to U.S. national security, that’s ridiculous. They should be processed, detained, and deported through the normal process.
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