H.R.1915 - Immigration in the National Interest Act of 1995104th Congress (1995-1996)
|Sponsor:||Rep. Smith, Lamar [R-TX-21] (Introduced 06/22/1995)|
|Committees:||House - Judiciary; National Security; Economic and Educational; Government Reform; Ways and Means; Commerce; Agriculture; Banking and Financial Services|
|Latest Action:||08/04/1995 Clean Bill, H.R. 2202 Forwarded by Subcommittee to Full Committee in Lieu.|
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Summary: H.R.1915 — 104th Congress (1995-1996)All Bill Information (Except Text)
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
Subtitle B: Deterrence of Document Fraud
Subtitle C: Asset Forfeiture for Passport and Visa
Title III: Inspection, Apprehension, Detention,
Adjudication, and Removal of Inadmissible and Deportable
Subtitle A: Revision of Procedures for Removal of
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
Subtitle D: Effective Dates; Transition Provisions
Title VI: Restrictions on Benefits for Illegal Aliens
Subtitle A: Eligibility of Illegal Aliens for Public
Subtitle B: Expansion of Disqualification from
Immigration Benefits on the Basis of Public Charge
Subtitle C: Attribution of Income and Affadavits of
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.