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Immigration in the National Interest Act of 1995

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Official Titles - House of Representatives

Official Title as Introduced

To amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to improve deterrence of illegal immigration to the United States by increasing border patrol and investigative personnel, by increasing penalties for alien smuggling and for document fraud, by reforming exclusion and deportation law and procedures, by improving the verification system for eligibility for employment, and through other measures, to reform the legal immigration system and facilitate legal entries into the United States, and for other purposes.


Actions Overview (1)

Date Actions Overview
06/22/1995Introduced in House

All Actions (26)

Date All Actions
08/04/1995Clean Bill, H.R. 2202 Forwarded by Subcommittee to Full Committee in Lieu.
Action By: House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and Claims
08/04/1995For Further Action See H.R.2202.
07/20/1995Clean Bill, to be Forwarded by Subcommittee to Full Committee in Lieu.
Action By: House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and Claims
07/20/1995Subcommittee Consideration and Mark-up Session Held.
Action By: House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and Claims
07/19/1995Subcommittee Consideration and Mark-up Session Held.
Action By: House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and Claims
07/18/1995Subcommittee Consideration and Mark-up Session Held.
Action By: House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and Claims
07/17/1995Subcommittee Consideration and Mark-up Session Held.
Action By: House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and Claims
07/13/1995Subcommittee Consideration and Mark-up Session Held.
Action By: House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and Claims
07/11/1995Executive Comment Requested from DOD.
07/10/1995Referred to the Subcommittee on Health and Environment, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Chairman.
Action By: Committee on Commerce
06/30/1995Referred to the Subcommittee on Housing and Community Opportunity.
Action By: Committee on Banking and Financial Services
06/29/1995Subcommittee Hearings Held.
Action By: House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and Claims
06/26/1995Referred to the Subcommittee on Immigration and Claims.
Action By: Committee on the Judiciary
06/26/1995Referred to the Subcommittee on Human Resources.
Action By: Committee on Ways and Means
06/26/1995Referred to the Subcommittee on Government Management, Information and Technology.
Action By: Committee on Government Reform and Oversight
06/26/1995Referred to the Subcommittee on Department Operations, Nutrition and Foreign Agriculture.
Action By: Committee on Agriculture
06/22/1995Referred to the Committee on the Judiciary, and in addition to the Committees on National Security, Economic and Educational Opportunities, Government Reform and Oversight, Ways and Means, Commerce, Agriculture, and Banking and Financial Services, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.
Action By: House of Representatives
06/22/1995Referred to the Committee on the Judiciary, and in addition to the Committees on National Security, Economic and Educational Opportunities, Government Reform and Oversight, Ways and Means, Commerce, Agriculture, and Banking and Financial Services, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.
Action By: House of Representatives
06/22/1995Referred to the Committee on the Judiciary, and in addition to the Committees on National Security, Economic and Educational Opportunities, Government Reform and Oversight, Ways and Means, Commerce, Agriculture, and Banking and Financial Services, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.
Action By: House of Representatives
06/22/1995Referred to the Committee on the Judiciary, and in addition to the Committees on National Security, Economic and Educational Opportunities, Government Reform and Oversight, Ways and Means, Commerce, Agriculture, and Banking and Financial Services, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.
Action By: House of Representatives
06/22/1995Referred to the Committee on the Judiciary, and in addition to the Committees on National Security, Economic and Educational Opportunities, Government Reform and Oversight, Ways and Means, Commerce, Agriculture, and Banking and Financial Services, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.
Action By: House of Representatives
06/22/1995Referred to the Committee on the Judiciary, and in addition to the Committees on National Security, Economic and Educational Opportunities, Government Reform and Oversight, Ways and Means, Commerce, Agriculture, and Banking and Financial Services, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.
Action By: House of Representatives
06/22/1995Referred to the Committee on the Judiciary, and in addition to the Committees on National Security, Economic and Educational Opportunities, Government Reform and Oversight, Ways and Means, Commerce, Agriculture, and Banking and Financial Services, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.
Action By: House of Representatives
06/22/1995Referred to the Committee on the Judiciary, and in addition to the Committees on National Security, Economic and Educational Opportunities, Government Reform and Oversight, Ways and Means, Commerce, Agriculture, and Banking and Financial Services, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.
Action By: House of Representatives
06/22/1995Referred to the Committee on the Judiciary, and in addition to the Committees on National Security, Economic and Educational Opportunities, Government Reform and Oversight, Ways and Means, Commerce, Agriculture, and Banking and Financial Services, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.
Action By: House of Representatives
06/22/1995Introduced in House
Action By: House of Representatives

Cosponsors (100)

* = Original cosponsor
CosponsorDate Cosponsored
Rep. Bryant, John W. [D-TX-5]* 06/22/1995
Rep. Gallegly, Elton [R-CA-23]* 06/22/1995
Rep. Moorhead, Carlos J. [R-CA-27]* 06/22/1995
Rep. McCollum, Bill [R-FL-8]* 06/22/1995
Rep. Bryant, Ed [R-TN-7]* 06/22/1995
Rep. Bono, Sonny [R-CA-44]* 06/22/1995
Rep. Heineman, Frederick K. (Fred) [R-NC-4]* 06/22/1995
Rep. Gekas, George W. [R-PA-17]* 06/22/1995
Rep. Coble, Howard [R-NC-6]* 06/22/1995
Rep. Canady, Charles T. [R-FL-12]* 06/22/1995
Rep. Inglis, Bob [R-SC-4]* 06/22/1995
Rep. Goodlatte, Bob [R-VA-6]* 06/22/1995
Rep. Barr, Bob [R-GA-7]* 06/22/1995
Rep. Baker, Bill [R-CA-10]* 06/22/1995
Rep. Ballenger, Cass [R-NC-10]* 06/22/1995
Rep. Beilenson, Anthony C. [D-CA-24]* 06/22/1995
Rep. Bilbray, Brian P. [R-CA-49]* 06/22/1995
Rep. Bonilla, Henry [R-TX-23]* 06/22/1995
Rep. Brewster, Bill K. [D-OK-3]* 06/22/1995
Rep. Calvert, Ken [R-CA-43]* 06/22/1995
Rep. Condit, Gary A. [D-CA-18]* 06/22/1995
Rep. Cunningham, Randy (Duke) [R-CA-51]* 06/22/1995
Rep. Deal, Nathan [R-GA-9]* 06/22/1995
Rep. Dreier, David [R-CA-28]* 06/22/1995
Rep. Duncan, John J., Jr. [R-TN-2]* 06/22/1995
Rep. Foley, Mark [R-FL-16]* 06/22/1995
Rep. Hayes, James A. [D-LA-7]* 06/22/1995
Rep. Herger, Wally [R-CA-2]* 06/22/1995
Rep. Hunter, Duncan [R-CA-52]* 06/22/1995
Rep. Johnson, Sam [R-TX-3]* 06/22/1995
Rep. Meyers, Jan [R-KS-3]* 06/22/1995
Rep. Packard, Ron [R-CA-48]* 06/22/1995
Rep. Rohrabacher, Dana [R-CA-45]* 06/22/1995
Rep. Roukema, Marge [R-NJ-5]* 06/22/1995
Rep. Shays, Christopher [R-CT-4]* 06/22/1995
Rep. Stenholm, Charles W. [D-TX-17]* 06/22/1995
Rep. Tauzin, W. J. (Billy) [R-LA-3]* 06/22/1995
Rep. Vucanovich, Barbara F. [R-NV-2]* 06/22/1995
Rep. McKeon, Howard P. "Buck" [R-CA-25] 06/30/1995
Rep. Barton, Joe [R-TX-6] 06/30/1995
Rep. Hutchinson, Tim [R-AR-3] 06/30/1995
Rep. Thornberry, Mac [R-TX-13] 06/30/1995
Rep. Laughlin, Greg [R-TX-14] 06/30/1995
Rep. Traficant, James A., Jr. [D-OH-17] 06/30/1995
Rep. Sensenbrenner, F. James, Jr. [R-WI-9] 06/30/1995
Rep. Kasich, John R. [R-OH-12] 06/30/1995
Rep. Seastrand, Andrea H. [R-CA-22] 07/10/1995
Rep. Geren, Pete [D-TX-12] 07/10/1995
Rep. Wilson, Charles [D-TX-2] 07/10/1995
Rep. Stockman, Steve [R-TX-9] 07/10/1995
Rep. Hastings, Doc [R-WA-4] 07/11/1995
Rep. Bereuter, Doug [R-NE-1] 07/11/1995
Rep. Combest, Larry [R-TX-19] 07/11/1995
Rep. Bartlett, Roscoe G. [R-MD-6] 07/11/1995
Rep. Barrett, Bill [R-NE-3] 07/13/1995
Rep. Shaw, E. Clay, Jr. [R-FL-22] 07/17/1995
Rep. Pickett, Owen B. [D-VA-2] 07/17/1995
Rep. Skeen, Joe [R-NM-2] 07/19/1995
Rep. Gutknecht, Gil [R-MN-1] 07/21/1995
Rep. Kingston, Jack [R-GA-1] 07/28/1995
Rep. Taylor, Charles H. [R-NC-11] 07/28/1995
Rep. Rogers, Harold [R-KY-5] 07/28/1995
Rep. Solomon, Gerald B. H. [R-NY-22] 07/28/1995
Rep. Roberts, Pat [R-KS-1] 07/28/1995
Rep. Everett, Terry [R-AL-2] 07/28/1995
Rep. Doolittle, John T. [R-CA-4] 07/28/1995
Rep. Hefley, Joel [R-CO-5] 07/28/1995
Rep. Schaefer, Dan [R-CO-6] 07/28/1995
Rep. Goss, Porter J. [R-FL-14] 07/28/1995
Rep. Bunning, Jim [R-KY-4] 07/28/1995
Rep. Parker, Mike [D-MS-4] 07/28/1995
Rep. Taylor, Gene [D-MS-5] 07/28/1995
Rep. Emerson, Bill [R-MO-8] 07/28/1995
Rep. Boucher, Rick [D-VA-9] 07/28/1995
Rep. Shuster, Bud [R-PA-9] 07/28/1995
Rep. Fields, Jack [R-TX-8] 07/28/1995
Rep. Quillen, James H. (Jimmy) [R-TN-1] 07/28/1995
Rep. Hall, Ralph M. [D-TX-4] 07/28/1995
Rep. Hoekstra, Peter [R-MI-2] 07/28/1995
Rep. McCrery, Jim [R-LA-5] 07/28/1995
Rep. Stearns, Cliff [R-FL-6] 07/28/1995
Rep. Burton, Dan [R-IN-6] 07/28/1995
Rep. Lewis, Ron [R-KY-2] 07/28/1995
Rep. Baker, Richard H. [R-LA-6] 07/28/1995
Rep. Bachus, Spencer [R-AL-6] 07/28/1995
Rep. Lightfoot, Jim [R-IA-3] 07/28/1995
Rep. Collins, Mac [R-GA-3] 08/02/1995
Rep. Hansen, James V. [R-UT-1] 08/02/1995
Rep. Horn, Stephen [R-CA-38] 08/02/1995
Rep. Royce, Edward R. [R-CA-39] 08/02/1995
Rep. Paxon, Bill [R-NY-27] 08/02/1995
Rep. Molinari, Susan [R-NY-13] 08/02/1995
Rep. Linder, John [R-GA-4] 08/02/1995
Rep. Hastert, J. Dennis [R-IL-14] 08/02/1995
Rep. Camp, Dave [R-MI-4] 08/03/1995
Rep. Hancock, Mel [R-MO-7] 08/03/1995
Rep. Spence, Floyd [R-SC-2] 08/03/1995
Rep. Jones, Walter B., Jr. [R-NC-3] 08/03/1995
Rep. Livingston, Bob [R-LA-1] 08/03/1995
Rep. Regula, Ralph [R-OH-16] 08/03/1995
Cosponsors Who Withdrew Date Cosponsored Date Withdrawn CR Explanation
Rep. Kim, Jay [R-CA-41] 08/03/1995 09/27/1995 --

Committees (8)

Committees, subcommittees and links to reports associated with this bill are listed here, as well as the nature and date of committee activity and Congressional report number.

Committee / Subcommittee Date Activity Reports
House Judiciary06/22/1995 Referred to
House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and Claims06/26/1995 Referred to
06/29/1995 Hearings by
07/20/1995 Markup by
House National Security06/22/1995 Referred to
House Economic and Educational Opportunities06/22/1995 Referred to
House Government Reform and Oversight06/22/1995 Referred to
House Government Reform and Oversight Subcommittee on Government Management, Information and Technology06/26/1995 Referred to
House Ways and Means06/22/1995 Referred to
House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Human Resources06/26/1995 Referred to
House Commerce06/22/1995 Referred to
House Commerce Subcommittee on Health and Environment07/10/1995 Referred to
House Agriculture06/22/1995 Referred to
House Agriculture Subcommittee on Department Operations, Nutrition and Foreign Agriculture06/26/1995 Referred to
House Banking and Financial Services06/22/1995 Referred to
House Banking and Financial Services Subcommittee on Housing and Community Opportunity06/30/1995 Referred to

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Subjects (170)


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Shown Here:
Introduced in House (06/22/1995)

TABLE OF CONTENTS:

Title I: Deterrence of Illegal Immigration Through Improved

Border Enforcement and Pilot Programs

Subtitle A: Improved Enforcement at Border

Subtitle B: Pilot Programs

Title II: Enhanced Enforcement and Penalties Against Alien

Smuggling; Document Fraud

Subtitle A: Enhanced Enforcement and Penalties Against

Alien Smuggling

Subtitle B: Deterrence of Document Fraud

Subtitle C: Asset Forfeiture for Passport and Visa

Offenses

Title III: Inspection, Apprehension, Detention,

Adjudication, and Removal of Inadmissible and Deportable

Aliens

Subtitle A: Revision of Procedures for Removal of

Aliens

Subtitle B: Removal of Alien Terrorists

Subtitle C: Deterring Transportation of Unlawful Aliens

to the United States

Subtitle D: Additional Provisions

Title IV: Enforcement of Restrictions Against Employment

Title V: Reform of Legal Immigration System

Subtitle A: Worldwide Numerical Limits

Subtitle B: Changes in Family-Sponsored and Employment-

Based Preference System

Subtitle C: Refugees, Asylees, Parole, and Humanitarian

Admissions

Subtitle D: Effective Dates; Transition Provisions

Title VI: Restrictions on Benefits for Illegal Aliens

Subtitle A: Eligibility of Illegal Aliens for Public

Benefits

Subtitle B: Expansion of Disqualification from

Immigration Benefits on the Basis of Public Charge

Subtitle C: Attribution of Income and Affadavits of

Support

Title VII: Facilitation of Legal Entry

Title VIII: Miscellaneous

Immigration in the National Interest Act of 1995 - Title I: Deterrence of Illegal Immigration Through Improved Border Enforcement and Pilot Programs - Subtitle A: Improved Enforcement at Border - Increases: (1) the Border Patrol; and (2) Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) border enforcement and related personnel.

(Sec. 102) Provides for improved border crossing cards, equipment, and crossing barriers, including authorization of appropriations for fencing and road improvements in the border area near San Diego, California.

(Sec. 105) Amends the Immigration and Nationality Act (Act) to establish civil penalties for illegal U.S. entry.

Subtitle B: Pilot Programs - Establishes pilot programs for: (1) interior repatriation of inadmissible or deportable aliens; (2) use of closed military bases to detain inadmissible or deportable aliens; and (3) collection of alien departure records.

Title II: Enhanced Enforcement and Penalties Against Alien Smuggling; Document Fraud - Subtitle A: Enhanced Enforcement and Penalties Against Alien Smuggling - Amends Federal criminal law to: (1) authorize wiretaps in alien smuggling investigations; and (2) include alien smuggling offenses under the purview of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) provisions.

(Sec. 203) Amends the Act to: (1) expand INS forfeiture authority for smuggling or harboring illegal aliens; and (2) increase criminal penalties for alien smuggling.

(Sec. 205) Increases the number of Assistant United States Attorneys and provides for their assignment to criminal matters involving illegal aliens.

Subtitle B: Deterrence of Document Fraud - Amends Federal criminal law and the Act to increase and establish criminal and civil penalties for specified immigration related document fraud offenses.

Subtitle C: Asset Forfeiture for Passport and Visa Offenses - Amends Federal criminal law to provide for asset forfeiture for passport and visa offenses.

Title III: Inspection, Apprehension, Detention, Adjudication, and Removal of Inadmissible and Deportable Aliens - Subtitle A: Revision of Procedures for Removal of Aliens - Amends the Act to revise alien removal provisions.

Subtitle B: Removal of Alien Terrorists - Part 1: Removal Procedures for Alien Terrorists - Amends the Act to establish a special removal procedure for terrorists, including the designation by the Chief Justice of the United States of a special removal court.

Part 2: Exclusion and Denial of Asylum for Alien Terrorists - Amends the Act to make membership in a terrorist organization a ground for U.S. exclusion.

(Sec. 332) Denies asylum, status adjustment, and deportation relief to alien terrorists.

Subtitle C: Deterring Transportation of Unlawful Aliens to the United States - Amends the Act with regard to vessel and aircraft transportation of illegal aliens into the United States.

Subtitle D: Additional Provisions - Amends the Act to impose civil penalties upon an alien subject to an order of removal who fails to depart.

(Sec. 358) Authorizes additional appropriations for removal of illegal aliens.

(Sec. 359) Establishes in the Treasury an Immigration Enforcement Account.

Title IV: Enforcement of Restrictions Against Employment - Increases full-time employee positions in: (1) the Investigations Division of INS; and (2) the Wage and Hour Division of the Employment Standards Administration of the Department of Labor.

(Sec. 403) Amends the Act to revise the employer sanctions program.

Title V: Reform of Legal Immigration System - Subtitle A: Worldwide Numerical Limits - Amends the Act to revise legal immigration categories and numerical limitations.

(Sec. 504) Requires periodic congressional review and reauthorization of worldwide immigration levels.

Subtitle B: Changes in Preference System - Amends the Act to revise the immigration preference system.

Subtitle C: Refugees, Asylees, Parole, and Humanitarian Admissions - Amends the Act to revise annual refugee admissions and asylee adjustment provisions.

(Sec. 523) Authorizes the temporary employment of certain retirees to help reduce asylum application backlogs.

(Sec. 524) Limits parole entry to a case-by-case basis for humanitarian or significant public benefit reasons.

Subtitle D: General Effective Date; Transition Provisions - Sets forth transition provisions for specified classification status petitions.

Title VI: Restrictions on Benefits for Illegal Aliens - Subtitle A: Eligibility of Illegal Aliens for Public Benefits - Part 1: Public Benefits Generally - Makes illegal aliens ineligible (with specified exceptions) for public assistance, contracts, and licenses.

(Sec. 602) Makes unauthorized aliens ineligible for unemployment benefits.

Part 2: Earned Income Credit - Amends the Internal Revenue Code to deny the earned income tax credit to individuals not authorized to work in the United States.

Subtitle B: Expansion of Disqualification from Immigration Benefits on the Basis of Public Charge - Amends the Act to revise public charge grounds for inadmissibility and deportability.

Subtitle C: Attribution of Income and Affidavits of Support - Attributes a sponsor's income and resources to a family-sponsored immigrant for purposes of eligibility for Federal means-tested public benefits programs.

(Sec. 632) Amends the Act to set forth sponsor affidavit of support requirements.

Title VII: Facilitation of Legal Entry - Provides for: (1) increased numbers of land border inspectors; and (2) border infrastructure improvements.

(Sec. 703) Amends the Act to provide for: (1) preinspection at specified foreign airports; and (2) training of airline personnel in fraudulent document detection. Establishes a carrier consultant program.

Title VIII: Miscellaneous Provisions - Amends the Act, as amended by the Immigration and Nationality Technical Corrections Act of 1994 to revise the definition of "aggravated felony."

Amends the Act with regard to: (1) definitions of "child" and "parent"; (2) visa processing procedure; (3) waiver authority concerning notice of visa application denial; (4) Canadian landed immigrants; (5) H-1B nonimmigrants; (6) visa extensions; (7) status adjustment; (8) access to certain confidential INS files; (9) nonimmigrant status for spouses and children of members of the armed forces; (10) fraudulent birth certificates; and (11) specified miscellaneous and technical provisions.