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house Bill H.R. 4760

Securing the Border, Reforming Legal Immigration, and Giving DACA Recipients Legal Status

Argument in favor

This bill makes important reforms to the legal immigration system by ending chain migration, secures the border, and provides legal status for recipients of DACA. It does everything an immigration reform bill should.

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01/25/2018
Give the dreamers there citizenship’s that’s all we ask for. No wall
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JusticeForMe's Opinion
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01/25/2018
Secure our borders. Support this bill and do your job
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01/25/2018
I think a lot of this makes sense. The reduction of immigrants isn’t that large (there will still be 1\3 of a percentage of our entire country coming from abroad annually —800,000), the number of green card recipients will increase on all fronts, it will remove criminals, require people that work in the US to actually be registered, and the border enhancements will deter people from making a really dangerous journey that isn’t legal to do in the first place. I don’t understand why anyone thinks it’s a good idea to just keep the status quo and reduce punishments for entering illegally. How will that help the people entering or those who are legal residents? How will the countries in Latin America change and improve themselves if the people in them rely on escape to the US as opposed to development?
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Argument opposed

This bill would cut legal immigration by too much, criminalize “unlawful presence” in the U.S., and mandate that businesses use E-Verify. It’s not a balanced enough approach to immigration reform.

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01/25/2018
I want to see a bipartisan proposal. I want to see a clean DACA bill. Work across the isle to get this done. I’m not comfortable with adding 5000 more government agents or directing 90% of the proposed budget to the ‘wall’. Surely we have more sophisticated security methods than fencing in the USA.
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Devin's Opinion
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01/25/2018
This doesn’t solve any problems, it just shuts the door on the problems. No human is illegal.
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IllWill's Opinion
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01/25/2018
This bill is a cruel joke. This isn’t immigration reform. It’s a xenophobic nightmare. It doesn’t even give DACA recipients a pathway to citizenship and discourages immigration in general when diversity is what makes our country stronger. Rip this up and start over again!
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  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
  • The house Rejected June 21st, 2018
    Roll Call Vote 193 Yea / 231 Nay
      house Committees
      Committee on Agriculture
      National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands
      Committee on Armed Services
      Committee on Education and Labor
      Committee on Foreign Affairs
      Committee on Homeland Security
      Committee on Natural Resources
      Committee on Oversight and Reform
      Committee on the Judiciary
      Immigration and Citizenship
      Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
      Aviation
      Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation
      Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management
      Highways and Transit
      Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials
      Water Resources and Environment
      Committee on Ways and Means
    IntroducedJanuary 10th, 2018

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What is House Bill H.R. 4760?

This bill — the Securing America's Future Act — would seek to enhance enforcement of existing immigration law, reform the legal immigration system, secure the border, and provide a solution for the beneficiaries of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. A summary of the bill’s provisions can be found below.

Legal Immigration Reforms

Overall immigration levels would be reduced by about 25 percent from averaging over 1,060,000 a year to about 800,000. The number of green cards available for skilled workers would increase from 120,000 a year to about 175,000 annually — an increase of about 45 percent. Up to 500,000 agricultural guest workers would be allowed each year.

The Diversity Immigrant Visa program (aka the green card lottery), which makes 50,000 visas available annually to immigrants from countries with low levels of immigration to the U.S., would be eliminated. Green card programs for relatives (other than spouses and minor children) would be eliminated in order to end “chain migration”, while a renewable temporary visa would be available for parents of citizens.

Additional Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents would be sent to relatively high-risk embassies overseas to vet visitors and immigrants before they come to the U.S.

Border Security

This section of the bill would authorize $10.3 billion each year from 2018-2022 for border security, of which $9.3 billion would be for the construction of physical barriers and $1 billion for improving tactical infrastructure (ie roads and other technology). It would also increase the number of Border Patrol Agents and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Officers by 5,000 each.

Ports of entry along the southern border would be improved, modernized, and expanded. The full implementation of a biometric entry-exit system would be required at all air, land, and sea ports of entry.

The National Guard would be authorized to provide aviation and intelligence assistance for border security operations.

Immigration Enforcement

This section of the bill would mandate that all employers use E-Verify after a 2-year phase-in period, which is a program to check that current or prospective employees are authorized to work in the U.S. It would make it a misdemeanor federal crime to knowingly be unlawfully present in the U.S. for a period of more than 90 days, which would be punishable by fines and potential incarceration for between six months and 20 years depending on the number of offenses. Additionally, a provision known as Kate’s Law would create enhanced criminal penalties for repeatedly re-entering the U.S. illegally.

The Dept. of Justice (DOJ) would be authorized to withhold grants from sanctuary jurisdictions, which are cities or states that refuse to cooperate with the enforcement of immigration laws. It would allow the victims of crimes perpetrated by criminal unauthorized immigrants who were released because of sanctuary policies to sue the government body responsible. State and local law enforcement officers who honor requests by ICE to detain an unauthorized immigrant and in defiance of a sanctuary policy would be granted immunity. Probable cause standards would be established for ICE detainers, and ICE would be required to enter into 287(g) agreements requested by localities.

The Dept. of Homeland Security (DHS) would be permitted to detain unauthorized immigrants who can’t be returned to their home countries. Unauthorized immigrants would be removable for being convicted of aggravated felonies, not registering as sex offenders, multiple DUI arrests, or gang membership.

Unaccompanied minors who are apprehended at the border would be safely and quickly returned to their home countries, and children apprehended with their parents could be detained.

The “credible fear” standard for asylum seekers would be revised to prevent frivolous claims and penalties for fraudulent claims would be increased. Asylum would be terminated for individuals who voluntarily return to their home country.

DACA

Individuals who received deferred action after being brought to the U.S. illegally as children would be eligible for a 3-year renewable legal status that allows them to work, and travel overseas without “advance parole” (which lets non-citizens traveling from the U.S. re-enter). DACA recipients wouldn’t have a special path to a green card (aka legal permanent resident status) but could use existing paths to obtain one.

No gang members or individuals with criminal convictions or convictions in juvenile court for serious crimes would be eligible. Individuals who misrepresent themselves could be prosecuted for fraud.

Impact

Unauthorized immigrants, especially DACA recipients; asylum seekers; state and local governments, especially their law enforcement officers; ICE and CBP.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 4760

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-DepthSponsoring Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) introduced this bill to bolster enforcement of existing immigration law, reform the legal immigration system, secure the border, and provide legal status for recipients of DACA:

“With the introduction of the Securing America’s Future Act we have an historic opportunity to fix our broken immigration system. The only way to reduce illegal immigration is to address both enforcement of our immigration laws in the interior of our country and to secure our borders. This carefully crafted legislation, which is aligned with the White House’s immigration priorities, combines enforcement measures and increased border security to enhance public safety, ensure the door remains open to law-abiding immigrants, and restore the rule of law.”

The National Immigration Forum expressed opposition to this bill because it wouldn’t offer legal status to the so-called Dreamers who didn’t apply for DACA and because E-Verify has been prone to errors in the past. It also claims the reduction in legal immigration would harm the economy:

“Reducing legal immigration to the U.S. would have a negative impact on economic growth and would likely make it harder for a number of industries to find employees.”

This legislation has the support of 77 cosponsors in the House, all of whom are Republicans. The White House has expressed support for this bill because it would accomplish the president’s “core priorities” of securing the border, ending chain migration & the visa lottery, and responsibly addressing the status of the DACA population.


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Summary by Eric Revell

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AKA

Securing America's Future Act of 2018

Official Title

To amend the immigration laws and the homeland security laws, and for other purposes.

    Give the dreamers there citizenship’s that’s all we ask for. No wall
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    I want to see a bipartisan proposal. I want to see a clean DACA bill. Work across the isle to get this done. I’m not comfortable with adding 5000 more government agents or directing 90% of the proposed budget to the ‘wall’. Surely we have more sophisticated security methods than fencing in the USA.
    Like (421)
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    This doesn’t solve any problems, it just shuts the door on the problems. No human is illegal.
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    This bill is a cruel joke. This isn’t immigration reform. It’s a xenophobic nightmare. It doesn’t even give DACA recipients a pathway to citizenship and discourages immigration in general when diversity is what makes our country stronger. Rip this up and start over again!
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    Secure our borders. Support this bill and do your job
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    You call it ‘chain migration’. I call it families.
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    NO wall, clean DREAM Act, period
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    I think a lot of this makes sense. The reduction of immigrants isn’t that large (there will still be 1\3 of a percentage of our entire country coming from abroad annually —800,000), the number of green card recipients will increase on all fronts, it will remove criminals, require people that work in the US to actually be registered, and the border enhancements will deter people from making a really dangerous journey that isn’t legal to do in the first place. I don’t understand why anyone thinks it’s a good idea to just keep the status quo and reduce punishments for entering illegally. How will that help the people entering or those who are legal residents? How will the countries in Latin America change and improve themselves if the people in them rely on escape to the US as opposed to development?
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    This is comprehensive immigration reform. This is what our country needs. Not only is it a solution for DACA, but it also addresses the current issues with the visa lottery and chain migration programs.
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    Nope. DACA should be handled stand alone. Give them their path to citizenship and stop referring to them as illegals. They are not.
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    I support a clean bill for the Dreamers that creates a legitimate path to citizenship. This issue should NOT be bundled with discussions of “a wall” or other punitive measures. I am particularly concerned by the mention of biometric security in this bill, which raises significant ethical questions regarding privacy.
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    No wall! No ban! Clean DACA law
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    The path to citizenship must be the same as my grandparents had to go through. Amnesty only advances the bad side of citizenship. There are a lot of people who want to immigrate here in order to live the true American dream.
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    WHY NOT THE WALL??? Firstly the Democrats were FOR the Wall before they were AGAINST the Wall...... What’s up Doc? What’s the purpose of building the wall is in my mind, very apparent, for several SPECIFIC reasons. 1). Prevention of the massive influx of Drugs into the USA 🇺🇸 FROM south of the Border. 2). Reduction of the infiltration of ILLEGAL immigrants, including criminal elements such as MS13, from entering the USA 🇺🇸. 3). National Security would be enhanced through the possible infiltration of terrorist elements from entering the country. Both the Chain Migration and Diversity Immigrant Visa Program (Known as the green card lottery) programs must be revisited and modified to correct the deficiencies found in the present legislations. Again we are seeing the Democrats Senator Chuck Schumer, along with Representative Nancy Pelosi, conducting their Obstructionist activities, trying to get things “Their Way or NO Way”. The President’s proposal of providing a a pathway to citizenship, EXCEEDS that which the Democrats wanted previously, now is declined by Senator Schumer as not being enough. The American people voted loud and clear: border security wall, end chain migration, stop the visa lottery system, deal with this crazy sanctuary city policy. This bill makes important reforms to the legal immigration system by ending chain migration, secures the border, and provides legal status for recipients of DACA. It does everything an immigration reform bill should. COMPROMISE is not in the Democratic playbook. Again it’s “Their Way or NO way”. 1*27*18.
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    Sorry, but the border should be protected/secured [WALL], illegals returned to place or birth/origin, chain migration ended, recalcitrant DACA illegals rounded up and given a chance of a work permit subject to every three year re-evaluating, no voting privilege, ever and a one way ticket back the their personal *sh#t-hold* if there are any violations of civil or federal law.
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    One item. One bill. This is bullshit.
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    No wall!!!
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    Our immigration system is deeply flawed and this is much needed.
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    No DACA, no lottery, no chain immigration, build that damn wall completely!
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    We give away the store in this bill. Even though the DACA recipients are worthy of concessions, we can't give away the chance for millions of other hopeful-Americans to one day come to our great country & make a go of it. We can come to a better agreement than this. And if we can't, we do our best to protect the DACA recipients in the court. Or with a different bill.
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