NTF ISSUE PAPER: ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION BILLS IN CONGRESS: 2017

NTF Issue paper: illegal17.doc. 3-17.
NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM ISSUE PAPER:
ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION BILLS IN CONGRESS: 2017.

GOOD HOUSE BILLS.
HR 80: Babin (Tx.).
To prohibit admission of alien refugees into the U.S., unless Congress passes a joint resolution giving the Department of Homeland Security authority to resume admitting them. The Government Accountability Office must report on the national security impact of refugee admissions and specific costs of providing refugees with benefits under Medicare, Medicaid, disability insurance under title II of the Social Security Act, food stamps, and low income rental housing assistance.
HR 81: Babin (Tx.).
To suspend and subsequently terminate the admission of specific refugees, to examine the impact on our national security of admitting refugees, and to examine the costs of providing benefits to such individuals.
HR 82: Babin (Tx.).
To cut foreign aid and travel visas to nations that refuse to accept back deportable illegal criminal aliens into their countries.
HR 83: Barletta (Pa.).
To stop federal funding to a state or local government that has a policy or law preventing local authorities from assisting immigration authorities to enforce federal immigration law or ban federal enforcement of immigration laws.
HR 120: Burgess (TX).
To direct the President to reduce foreign aid allocations for Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, or El Salvador by an amount equal to the number of unaccompanied illegal alien children who are nationals or citizens of any of these countries placed in federal custody in the preceding fiscal year because of their immigration status, multiplied by $15,000.
HR 140: King (IA.).
End the practice of giving automatic citizenship to children born to 2 illegal alien parents on U.S. soil. This bill would end the practice of illegal aliens accessing U.S. health, medical, and welfare services with their anchor babies.
HR 174: King (IA.).
Sarah’s Law. To amend the 1986 immigration act to require the detention of an alien who was not inspected and admitted into the U.S., who holds a revoked nonimmigrant visa, or who is deportable for failing to maintain non-immigrant status, and who has been charged in the U.S. with a crime that resulted in the death or serious bodily injury to another person.
HR 176: King (IA.).
To amend the IRS code of 1986 to clarify that wages paid to illegal aliens cannot become deducted from gross income.
HR 178: King (IA.).
To require the country of origin of certain special immigrant religious workers to extend reciprocal immigration treatment to nationals of the U.S.
HR 241: Poe (TX.).
To place 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.
HR 278: Ross (FL.).
To amend the 1996 Immigration Act to direct the Sec. of Homeland Security to complete the required 700-mile SW border fencing.
HR 300: Young (IA) and Bacon (NE.).
Sarah’s Law. To require Immigration & Customs Enforcement to take custody of specific aliens charged in the U.S. with a crime that resulted in the death or serious bodily injury of another person.
HR 361: King (IA.).
Kate’s Law. To amend the 1986 immigration act to increase penalties applicable to illegal aliens who re-enter the U.S. unlawfully after removal.
HR 391: Chaffetz (UT.).
Narrow the ” credible fear” standards that illegal aliens must meet in order to claim asylum.

BAD HOUSE BILLS.
HR 281: Stefanik (N.Y.).
To expand the H-2A program to allow in additional immigrants to compete with American workers.

GOOD SENATE BILLS.
S. 36: Inhofe (OK).
To amend the 1986 Immigration Act to provide for extensions of detention for specific illegal aliens ordered removed.
S. 37: Ernst (IA.).
Sarah’s Law. To require ICE to take custody of specific illegal aliens charged in the U.S. with a crime that results in the death or serious bodily injury of another person.
S. 45: Cruz (TX.).
Kate’s Law. To amend the 1986 Immigration Act to increase penalties for illegal aliens who re-enter the U.S. after removal.
S. 52: Grassley (IA.).
To make aliens associated with a criminal gang inadmissible, deportable, and ineligible for several forms of public welfare.
S. 180: Grassley (IA.).
To amend the 1986 Immigration Act to reform and reduce fraud and abuse in specific visa programs for aliens temporarily working in the U.S.
S. 354: Cotton (AR).
To reduce legal immigration by up to 50% by ending future chain migration and the diversity visa lottery. Annual refugee admissions would cap at 50,000. Most immigrants through the visa lottery that distributes 50,000 visas have low skills and compete for jobs with poorer Americans. We are not inviting the best and brightest but admitting millions of foreigners who compete against unemployed, poorly-educated Americans. Such is why we have higher unemployment. Chain migration allows naturalized immigrants to bring in not only their spouses and minor children but adult siblings and parents. Each of them then can bring in additional relatives. S. 354 would reduce the worldwide level of family-sponsored immigration from 480,000 to 88,000 by prioritizing nuclear families. This bill would restore historic levels of immigration to give working Americans an opportunity to gain wealth through employment.

BAD HOUSE BILLS.
HR 281 (Stefanik (N.Y.).
To expand the scope of the H-2A program to allow in more aliens to compete with Americans for jobs.

BAD SENATE BILLS.
S. 54: (Booker (NJ).
To prohibit the creation of an immigration-related registry program that classifies people on the basis of religion, age, gender, ethnicity, race, nationality, or citizenship.
S. 128: (Graham (SC.)
To grant “provisional protected presence” to approximately 740,000 DACA children and an unknown number of illegal aliens who would eventually age into DACA, for 3 years if the illegal alien has not been convicted of (1) a felony; (2) a “significant misdemeanor” (defined in the bill) or (3) 3 or more misdemeanors “not occurring on the same date and arising out of the same act.” The bill calls for a “reasonable fee” to apply but provides a list of criteria to get a fee waiver. The bill does not explain from where the funds will come to process applications from those illegal aliens granted a fee waiver. Worse, the bill limits the Homeland Security Secretary’s ability to rescind “provisional protected presence” to illegal aliens (1) convicted of a felony, significant misdemeanor, or 3 or more misdemeanors (not same day or same act); (2) pose a threat to national security or public safety; (3) travel outside the U.S. without authorization from the DHS Secretary; or (4) cease to continuously reside in the U.S.
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It is imperative that you contact your representative and senators to urge them to support the good legislation and oppose the bad bills. They need to hear from their constituents immediately; pressure them for a reply.

NEBRASKA SENATORS AND REPRESENTATIVES: 2017.
Congressman Don Bacon: 202-225-4155, https://bacon.house.gov
Congressman Jeff Fortenberry: 202-225-4806, https://fortenberry.house.gov
Congressman Adrian Smith: 202-225-6435, https://adriansmith.house.gov
Senator Ben Sasse: 202-224-4224, https://www.sasse.senate.gov
Senator Deb Fischer: 202-224-6551, https://www.fischer.senate.gov

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