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house Bill H.R. 241

Should Countries That Refuse to Repatriate Citizens Deported From the U.S. Face Visa Restrictions?

Argument in favor

Countries that won’t repatriate their citizens when they’re deported from the U.S. should face repercussions in terms of visas issued to their diplomats or assistants to government officials.

Marilyn's Opinion
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08/25/2017
Let's get some of these countries to step up. Cut all funding to these countries. We should not be funding any other country but the USA. Do it.
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Loraki's Opinion
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02/20/2017
I like the provisions of this bill, but it doesn't go far enough! A better bill is Rep. Brian Babin's H.R. 82 (Official Title: To withhold Federal financial assistance from each country that denies or unreasonably delays the acceptance of nationals of such country who have been ordered removed from the United States and to prohibit the issuance of visas to nationals of such country).
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Craig's Opinion
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08/25/2017
It they won't take there trash back why let anymore in
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Argument opposed

Restricting diplomatic visas to countries that deny or unreasonably delay the repatriation of one of their citizens is deported from the U.S. won’t force them to change their behavior.

OlderNWiser's Opinion
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08/25/2017
Our immigration program has already been destroyed. May we be saved from the Republicans who have never seen a non-problem for which they didn't want to punish immigrants and people of color. When it comes to carrot or stick, human beings ( and for that matter, animals) have been shown to respond better to the carrot. To mangle some metaphors more, let's stop beating a dead horse and expecting it to respond positively to our assault. News flash: we are one country among many--not rulers of the world. Manifest destiny works about as well as trickle down economics. No way, never, not at all. With apologies to thoughtful moral conservatives who are true conservative Republicans and not people acting out hatred of immigrants and people of color.
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Susan's Opinion
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08/25/2017
Oh, the tangled web we weave when we practice mass deportation of people who are doing just fine here and contributing to our society and who may have no real ties in their country of national origin! We are the assholes now.
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Kodiwodi's Opinion
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08/25/2017
This will change nothing in the behavior of the other countries involved. They may believe the deportee has done nothing wrong and that the leader of this country is breaking promises like DACA or unfairly breaking up families. Their desire to help us with extradition issues or similar situations would just go way down the tubes. This is where having a bit of diplomacy and a long term plan might come in handy instead of telling everyone what they are going to do for us.
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      house Committees
      Committee on Foreign Affairs
      Committee on the Judiciary
      Immigration and Citizenship
    IntroducedJanuary 4th, 2017

What is House Bill H.R. 241?

This bill would direct the Dept. of Homeland Security to publish a report every six months listing countries that refuse or unreasonably delay the repatriation of their citizens who are deported from the U.S. and punish them by denying visas for personal employees of national officials and reduce the number of visas available to the country’s diplomats.

The report would be published every six months and include:

  • Countries that have refused or unreasonably delayed repatriation of a citizen of that country and the total number of such persons, and countries that have excessive repatriation failure rates.

  • Each country that was included in both the current report and the one preceding it, although DHS could exclude a country if the total number of non-repatriations outstanding is less than 10 for the preceding three year period.

For each country listed in the report, he State Department would be authorized to:

  • Not issue visas to attendants, servants, and personal employees of such country’s officials and employees who receive such nonimmigrant status;

  • Reduce the number of visas available for the country’s diplomats and officials/employees by 10 percent for each six months that a country is listed.

Impact

Foreign nationals whose countries don’t repatriate them; diplomats, officials and their assistants who could face visa restrictions; foreign governments; the State Dept.; and DHS.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 241

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-DepthSponsoring Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX) introduced this bill to restrict diplomatic visas to countries that deny or unreasonably delay the repatriation of a person deported from the U.S.:

“The United States can no longer afford to give convicted foreign criminals a get-out-of-jail-free card. The safety of our own citizens is at stake.  The issue is that we cannot permanently detain criminals and their countries of origin refuse to take them back. It is time we make them. This is a dangerous and deadly hole in our immigration system. Our government must offer a proper incentive to these uncooperative nations who freely take our money, and turn around and disrespect our laws.  We should not be issuing diplomatic VISA’s to nations that refuse to cooperate with our government. Keeping their criminals here is endangering our own citizens.”

This legislation has the support of 16 Republican cosponsors in the House.


Of NoteIn August 2017 the Trump administration sanctioned four countries — Cambodia, Eritrea, Guinea, and Sierra Leone — for being “recalcitrant” in repatriating their citizens who were deported from the U.S.


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Summary by Eric Revell

(Photo Credit: U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement / Public Domain)

AKA

Timely Repatriation Act

Official Title

To provide for sanctions on countries that have refused or unreasonably delayed repatriation of an alien who is a national of that country, or that have an excessive repatriation failure rate, and for other purposes.

    Let's get some of these countries to step up. Cut all funding to these countries. We should not be funding any other country but the USA. Do it.
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    Our immigration program has already been destroyed. May we be saved from the Republicans who have never seen a non-problem for which they didn't want to punish immigrants and people of color. When it comes to carrot or stick, human beings ( and for that matter, animals) have been shown to respond better to the carrot. To mangle some metaphors more, let's stop beating a dead horse and expecting it to respond positively to our assault. News flash: we are one country among many--not rulers of the world. Manifest destiny works about as well as trickle down economics. No way, never, not at all. With apologies to thoughtful moral conservatives who are true conservative Republicans and not people acting out hatred of immigrants and people of color.
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    Oh, the tangled web we weave when we practice mass deportation of people who are doing just fine here and contributing to our society and who may have no real ties in their country of national origin! We are the assholes now.
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    This will change nothing in the behavior of the other countries involved. They may believe the deportee has done nothing wrong and that the leader of this country is breaking promises like DACA or unfairly breaking up families. Their desire to help us with extradition issues or similar situations would just go way down the tubes. This is where having a bit of diplomacy and a long term plan might come in handy instead of telling everyone what they are going to do for us.
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    Just another bully tactic. We don't need to govern the world!!! Don't we have enough issues here to worry about???
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    Yes, and stop giving them foreign aid.
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    I like the provisions of this bill, but it doesn't go far enough! A better bill is Rep. Brian Babin's H.R. 82 (Official Title: To withhold Federal financial assistance from each country that denies or unreasonably delays the acceptance of nationals of such country who have been ordered removed from the United States and to prohibit the issuance of visas to nationals of such country).
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    It they won't take there trash back why let anymore in
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    The administrative behavior of other countries shouldn't result in punishment for people who are trying to come to the U.S., who don't control that behavior. That is unfair.
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    When I ask my grandson if he wants French fries, he would say "Sure, why not." Same feelings I feel concerning the issue. Stop all Visas until "refusing" country complies with request and also withhold all foreign aid.
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    No, those counties have their own priorities and may be glad to get rid of these people. Plus it's a way to stick it to Trump and right now there probably not as many people wanting to come to the US as in previous years due to Trump's behavior. So not as many VISAs needed.
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    Play the game fair, or stay home
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    Kindergarten level diplomacy. Actions, like this one, hurt our national security.
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    Perfect. A lot of countries make money by their citizens sending money back to their home countries. This will put pressure on them to comply
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    The fact that they won't take their citizens back is the same philosophy that causes refugees to flee in the first place. These are human beings, not trade commodities. Show some soul.
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    To quote Mahatma Ghandi "An eye for an eye makes everyone blind". As a nation we are in severe danger of being isolated in an increasingly global world. History has many examples. We're all in this together folks. Wake up and smell the coffee!
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    We are a country of immigrants. We should be accepting them with open arms, not demonizing them.
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    This is a no-brained. Of course!
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    A misguided approach to dealing with illegal immigration.
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    This is just getting out of hand. We need comprehensive immigration reform. Diversity makes us stronger.
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