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      house Committees
      House Committee on the Judiciary
      Immigration and Border Security
    IntroducedApril 13th, 2018

What is it?

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

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.”

This legislation has the support of 32 cosponsors, all of whom are Democrats.


Media:

Summary by Eric Revell

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AKA

Reentry and Reunification Act of 2018

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.

    Please support a pathway to citizenship. This is consistent with American humanitarian values, something we seem to have misplaced and need to reassert.
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    Why? Did they earn in? Did they serve in our military? Just because you got deported for breaking immigration law but you happen to be related to someone who’s a citizen doesn’t mean you should get a special pathway to citizenship
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    If there is no significant criminal background than the interests of maintaining stable families should hold sway.
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    We have seen ICE Agents tearing apart families and separating people from their loved ones. Giving them a path to be reunited is the right thing to do.
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    It’s funny how people who were born here, and therefore did nothing to “deserve” their citizenship, are so quick to be stingy about extending that citizenship to others, even when such an attitude leads to the separation of families.
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    Most definitely. A spouse of a US citizen or parents of US children should never be torn apart from their family. It’s absolutely hideous to even think of it. I would have thought this would be common sense and decency but I guess in today’s rule we’ll have to wait for decent people to make the laws again.
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    They can leave now and file for legal re-entry.
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    The fact that this has to be addressed shows how far our country has fallen.
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    Just imagine it was your family member or loved one. These are real people, give them a pathway to citizenship.
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    Yes to keeping families together!
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    We are a country of immigrants
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    Nope - no one that broke the law should be able to apply.
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    There are people in government with records.....literally!!! A misdemeanor charge for entering illegally is nothing compared to some of the charges our government officials have been allowed to have. So for the sake of hypocrisy, facts, and just being a good person, the answer is YES!
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    All this is is another DemocRAT vote gatherer. The only people that should be allowed to immigrate have to have a skill to benefit the US. Then and only then can the immediate family (spouse and children only) be admitted providing spouse and children are not criminals!
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    The idea of separating families seems cruel and in-American. The immigration system is long and tedious, not to mention, extremely expensive. Those people shouting that people should “do it right” usually know little about how that system works. No, families shouldn’t be separated. Yes, that spouse should be given a path to citizenship.
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    The reason illegal immigrants were allowed to be here for so long, many of them decades, has to do with our government’s unwillingness to address the problem of illegal immigration. One reason they were reticent to do so in the past is because business is held is high esteem in this land. Wealthy people hired immigrants to landscape, garden, nanny, and house clean at reduced wages and they did not want to give that up. Many businesses in construction, agriculture, dining and other service industries relied on low immigrant wages to make a profit. So illegal immigrants married and had children over those decades. It is unreasonable to create a problem of this magnitude and then suddenly solve it by breaking up these families in order to punish those who were used for the personal gain of business owners and wealthy home owners. Right now, due to deportations, many farms are struggling to get help with picking, a problem that was forecasted at the start when this President started his crusade to deport people. If you are wealthy, then you should be paying your help a fair living wage. If you are in business and the only way your business can survive is by paying less than a living wage, then you should not be in business. Too many on this app imply that the problem of illegal immigration is just the fault of those who entered illegally, but after being tolerated without real action for so long, the responsibility for creating the current situation lies with the many that have been involved. When someone breaks the law that does not give another the license to treat them inhumanely. I know some people want situations like this to be black and white so they do not have to think or work at a humane solution. But if the shoe were on the other foot, probably those same people would whistle a different tune. Let’s create a path to citizenship for those who have been here for decades and have spouses and children here. And let’s stop pretending that America’s many problems are caused by these immigrants. My ancestors were treated badly when they came here in the early nineteen hundreds and blamed for numerous problems. That pattern is longstanding and keeps the heat off those in power. If you are one of those who espouse that the people at the bottom of the power structure are to blame for all these problems, please reconsider. Those at the bottom of the food chain are not the cause of these problems, but rather the pawns in the situation. Many of them are simply trying to survive.
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    Yes they should... the current administration shows no empathy or compassion at all
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    We shouldn't be tearing apart families... period!!
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    Not just no, but HELL no! We already encourage enough lawlessness in this country. Lawlessness for the people in power, lawlessness for the illegals that come here to threaten our way of life. It seems that the rules only apply to the citizens who are actually honest and hardworking then we constantly get shit on.
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    This is a moral and decent compromise that I would support as it looks into more than just relations. We must include character in such matters!
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