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114th CONGRESS
2d Session
H. R. 4600


To amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to protect the well-being of soldiers and their families, and for other purposes.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

February 24, 2016

Mr. Thompson of California (for himself, Ms. Ros-Lehtinen, Mr. Vela, and Mr. Farr) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary


A BILL

To amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to protect the well-being of soldiers and their families, and for other purposes.

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 “Support and Defend Our Military Personnel and Their Families Act”.

SEC. 2. Facilitating naturalization for military personnel.

(a) In general.—Any person who has served honorably as a member of the Armed Forces of the United States in support of a contingency operation (as defined in section 101(a)(13) of title 10, United States Code), and who, if separated from the Armed Forces, was separated under honorable conditions, may be naturalized as provided in section 329 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1440) as though the person had served during a period designated by the President under such section.

(b) Naturalization through service in the Armed Forces of the United States.—Section 328 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1439) is amended—

(1) in subsection (a), by striking “six months” and inserting “one year”; and

(2) in subsection (d), by striking “six months” and inserting “one year”.

SEC. 3. Timely reunification of military personnel and their nuclear families.

Section 201(b)(1) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1151(b)(1)) is amended by adding at the end the following:

“(F) Aliens who are eligible for an immigrant visa under paragraph (2) of section 203(a) and are the spouse, child, son, or daughter of an alien who is serving in the Armed Forces of the United States.”.

SEC. 4. Relief for immediate family members of active duty personnel.

Section 245 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1255) is amended by adding at the end the following:

“(n) Relief for immediate family members of active duty personnel.—

“(1) IN GENERAL.—The Secretary of Homeland Security may adjust the status of an alien described in paragraph (2) to that of an alien lawfully admitted for permanent residence if—

“(A) the alien makes an application for such adjustment, and is physically present in the United States on the date the application is filed;

“(B) the alien is eligible to receive an immigrant visa and is admissible under section 212(a) (except that paragraphs (4), (6)(A), (7)(A), and (9)(B) of such section shall not apply for purposes of this subsection);

“(C) an immigrant visa is immediately available to the alien at the time the application is filed; and

“(D) the alien pays a fee, as determined by the Secretary, for the processing of such application.

“(2) ELIGIBLE ALIENS.—

“(A) IN GENERAL.—The benefits provided in paragraph (1) shall apply only to an alien who is a parent, spouse, child, son, daughter, or minor sibling of an eligible member of the Armed Forces.

“(B) POSTHUMOUS BENEFITS.—An alien described in subparagraph (A) shall continue to be eligible for adjustment under this subsection for 2 years after the death of an eligible member of the Armed Forces whose death was the result of injury or disease incurred in or aggravated by his or her service in the Armed Forces or, if such death occurred prior to the date of enactment of this paragraph, for 2 years after such date of enactment.

“(3) ELIGIBLE MEMBERS OF THE ARMED FORCES.—In this subsection, ‘eligible member of the Armed Forces’ means any person who—

“(A) has served honorably in an active duty status in the Armed Forces of the United States; and

“(B) if separated from the service described in subparagraph (A), was separated under honorable conditions.”.

SEC. 5. Factors to consider in initiating removal proceedings against active duty military personnel and veterans.

Section 239 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1229) is amended by adding at the end the following:

“(f) Considerations for active duty military personnel and veterans.—

“(1) IN GENERAL.—A notice to appear shall not be issued against an alien who has served honorably at any time in the Armed Forces of the United States, and who, if separated from the Armed Forces, separated under honorable conditions, without prior approval from the Secretary of Homeland Security.

“(2) FACTORS.—In determining whether to issue a notice to appear against such an alien, the Secretary shall consider the alien’s eligibility for naturalization under section 328 or 329, as well as the alien’s record of military service, grounds of deportability applicable to the alien, and any hardship to the Armed Forces, the alien, and his or her family if the alien were to be placed in removal proceedings.

“(3) PROHIBITION.—An alien who has served honorably in the Armed Forces of the United States, and who, if separated from the Armed Forces, separated under honorable conditions, shall not be removed from the United States under subparagraph (A)(i) or (B)(iii) of section 235(b)(1), section 238, or section 241(a)(5).”.