Text: H.R.5217 — 109th Congress (2005-2006)All Bill Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in House (04/27/2006)


109th CONGRESS
2d Session
H. R. 5217

To authorize the Secretary of Homeland Security to award competitive grants to units of local government for innovative programs that address expenses incurred in responding to the needs of undocumented immigrants.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
April 27, 2006

Mrs. McCarthy (for herself, Mr. Schwarz of Michigan, Mr. Bishop of New York, Ms. Jackson-Lee of Texas, Mrs. Maloney, and Ms. Bordallo) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary, and in addition to the Committees on Energy and Commerce 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


A BILL

To authorize the Secretary of Homeland Security to award competitive grants to units of local government for innovative programs that address expenses incurred in responding to the needs of undocumented immigrants.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the “Municipal Illegal Immigration Relief Act of 2006”.

SEC. 2. Grants for local programs relating to undocumented immigrants.

(a) Grants authorized.—The Secretary is authorized to award competitive grants to units of local government for innovative programs that address the increased expenses incurred in responding to the needs of undocumented immigrants.

(b) Maximum amount.—The Secretary may not award a grant under this section to a unit of local government in an amount which exceeds $5,000,000.

(c) Use of grant funds.—Grants awarded under this section may be used for activities relating to the undocumented immigrant population residing in the locality, including—

(1) law enforcement activities;

(2) uncompensated health care;

(3) public housing;

(4) inmate transportation; and

(5) reduction in jail overcrowding.

(d) Application.—Each unit of local government desiring a grant under this section shall submit an application to the Secretary, at such time, in such manner, and accompanied by such information as the Secretary may reasonably require.

(e) Authorization of appropriations.—There are authorized to be appropriated $50,000,000 for each of the fiscal years 2007 through 2011 to carry out this section.