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Titles (3)

Short Titles

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Short Titles as Introduced

FIRST Freedom Act
Further Independence of Religion for Security and Tolerance Freedom Act of 2015

Official Titles

Official Titles - House of Representatives

Official Title as Introduced

To protect and promote international religious freedom.


Actions Overview (1)

Date
07/23/2015Introduced in House

All Actions (6)

Date
09/08/2015Referred to the Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security.
Action By: Committee on the Judiciary
08/20/2015Referred to the Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and International Organizations.
Action By: Committee on Foreign Affairs
07/23/2015Referred to the Committee on the Judiciary, and in addition to the Committee on Foreign Affairs, 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
07/23/2015Referred to the Committee on the Judiciary, and in addition to the Committee on Foreign Affairs, 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
07/23/2015Referred to the Committee on the Judiciary, and in addition to the Committee on Foreign Affairs, 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
07/23/2015Introduced in House
Action By: House of Representatives

Cosponsors (1)

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CosponsorDate Cosponsored
Rep. Cicilline, David N. [D-RI-1]* 07/23/2015

Committees (2)

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Committee / Subcommittee Date Activity Reports
House Judiciary07/23/2015 Referred to
House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security09/08/2015 Referred to
House Foreign Affairs07/23/2015 Referred to
House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and International Organizations08/20/2015 Referred to

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Introduced in House (07/23/2015)

Further Independence of Religion for Security and Tolerance Freedom Act of 2015 or the FIRST Freedom Act

This bill expresses the sense of Congress that:

  • the protection and promotion of international human rights, including religious freedom, should be an important U.S. priority; and
  • the United States should pursue new strategies to deter and punish the perpetrators of severe violations of religious freedom, including non-state actors, and to protect the victims of such violations.

The Immigration and Nationality Act is amended to authorize the Department of State to designate refugee groups:

  • whose resettlement in the United States is justified by humanitarian concerns or is otherwise in the national interest; and
  • who share common characteristics that identify them as targets of persecution on account of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion, or having been so identified share a common need for resettlement.

The one-year time limit for filing an asylum claim is eliminated. A two-year window is provided for certain aliens to reopen a claim denied because of failure to file within one year.

The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom is authorized to study: (1) whether asylum officers are engaging in improper conduct, and (2) the impact of interview delays on asylum claims.

The International Religious Freedom Act is amended to authorize appropriations for the Commission through FY2017.

Any alien who was responsible for, or directly carried out, at any time, particularly severe violations of religious freedom is inadmissible or deportable. (Current law is limited to foreign government officials who commit such acts.)

The federal criminal code is amended to require that any person who outside the United States commits, or attempts or conspires to commit, religious persecution against a U.S. person: (1) be fined, imprisoned for not more than 20 years, or both; and (2) if the death of any person results from the violation, be fined and imprisoned for any term of years or for life.

No person may be prosecuted, tried, or punished for such a violation unless the indictment or the information is filed within 10 years after commission of the offense.