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      house Committees
      House Committee on the Judiciary
      Immigration and Border Security
    IntroducedOctober 30th, 2013

What is it?

H.R. 3431 expands the discretionary authority of government officials to waive minor violations of law when reviewing cases in which families have been split by immigration laws. It does not create new mechanisms for legalizing undocumented individuals.  

The American Families United Act (AFUA) focuses those who if not for certain legal obstacles might be eligible to apply for lawful permanent residence. These "inadmissibility waivers" could be granted to:
  • People who entered the U.S. before age 16 and now have a bachelor's degree;
  • Those who made false claims of U.S. citizenship when they were under 18 years old, or because they lacked the mental competence to knowingly misrepresent a claim; 
  • Individuals who made a false claim of U.S. citizenship if inadmissibility would create "family separation hardship for the alien or for a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident family member."

The bill also expands the waiver of "3 and 10 year bars," which prevent immigrants from obtaining lawful permanent residence or re-entering the U.S. if they have previously been in the country illegally for at least a year. The waiver currently applies to immigrants with spouses who are U.S. citizens; this bill would expand the waiver to parents of a U.S. citizen if the parent would suffer "hardship" without by not being in the U.S. 

H.R. 3431 bill creates a three-year statute of limitations on inadmissibility extending from fraud or misrepresentation tied to trying to obtain a visa or other immigration benefit. 

Finally, the bill states that separation from family would be enough to obtain a waiver of inadmissibility in cases related to fraud or misrepresentation from trying to obtain a visa or other immigration benefit. 

Impact

The bill most directly impacts those seeking to immigrate to the U.S. who have family members that are U.S. citizens.

Cost

A CBO cost estimate is currently unavailable.

More Information

Of Note:

The application fee for the 9-page inadmissibility waiver is $585. 

Media:

Sponsoring Reps. Steve Pearce (R-NM) and Beto O’Rourke (D-TX) Press Release

El Paso Times


C-Span


(Photo Credit: Flickr user Elvert Barnes)

AKA

American Families United Act

Official Title

To amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to promote family unity, and for other purposes.

    I voted yes on this bill because I do believe everybody deserves a second chance. People come the to us illegally to make a better life for themselves and their families. Like the bills description stated they come here at age 16 and have a bachelors degree by now. I am aware criminals will be able to apply for this as well. However I'm sure when it would come to it to look on that specific persons record they'll see if they have been in trouble with the law, or if they are law biding citizens.
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    Separating children from their parents is a a human rights violation. This is not what our country stands for.
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    I f they were thrown out we don't want them back.
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    Illegal entry to the US carries criminal penalties, in addition to civil penalties and immigration consequences.
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    If they come illegally then they are breaking the law hence the title illegal immigration. We MUST strengthen our borders to protect our beautiful country from illegal entry.
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    When we rip these families apart we are destroying their family. Most of the time the kids are left behind and alone with no one to go to.
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    Yes they do! Especially if they’re tied to US citizens!!! Unless they committed criminal acts while in the US like drug offense or crime.
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    Destroying families is bad.
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    They were here illegally Mexico doesn't spend more be red cent more n refugees or illegal aliens our tax dollars should be spent on Americans jobs healthcare 343 Billion goes to illegal aliens per yet and vets sit homeless in tired of this crap
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    Yes. Stop separating parent from their children.
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    Not right now,we need to get this under control
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