Text: H.R.4720 — 114th Congress (2015-2016)All Information (Except Text)

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114th CONGRESS
2d Session
H. R. 4720


To amend the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008 to provide for the expedited removal of unaccompanied alien children who are not victims of a severe form of trafficking in persons and who do not have a fear of returning to their country of nationality or last habitual residence, and for other purposes.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

March 7, 2016

Mr. Salmon (for himself, Mr. Brooks of Alabama, Mr. Farenthold, Mr. Schweikert, Mr. Buck, Mr. Gosar, Mr. King of Iowa, Mr. Duncan of South Carolina, Mr. Franks of Arizona, Mr. Barletta, and Mr. McClintock) introduced the following bill; which was referred 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


A BILL

To amend the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008 to provide for the expedited removal of unaccompanied alien children who are not victims of a severe form of trafficking in persons and who do not have a fear of returning to their country of nationality or last habitual residence, 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 “Expedited Family Reunification Act of 2016”.

SEC. 2. Findings.

Congress finds the following:

(1) President Obama, on June 15, 2012, during the Rose Garden speech, announced a unilateral administrative change in United States immigration policy that the administration will not enforce broad swaths of immigration laws, including that the administration would not deport illegal immigrants brought to the United States as young children.

(2) Over 176,000 unaccompanied alien children have been apprehended in the United States since the President’s speech (most of them from Central America) with many more expected to arrive.

(3) These children are targeted by human traffickers, drug cartels, and other criminal organizations, and run the risk of being kidnapped, raped, killed, or otherwise harmed.

(4) Returning these illegal immigrants to their families in their home countries would allow them to be safe, free from harm, and help reduce future flow.

SEC. 3. Repatriation of unaccompanied alien children.

Section 235(a) of the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008 (8 U.S.C. 1232) is amended—

(1) in paragraph (2)—

(A) by amending the heading to read as follows: “Rules for unaccompanied alien children.”;

(B) in subparagraph (A), in the matter preceding clause (i), by striking “who is a national or habitual resident of a country that is contiguous with the United States”; and

(C) in subparagraph (C)—

(i) by amending the heading to read as follows: “Agreements with foreign countries”; and

(ii) in the matter preceding clause (i), by inserting after “countries contiguous to the United States” the following “, as well as Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, and any other foreign country that the Secretary determines appropriate,”; and

(2) in paragraph (5)(D), in the matter preceding clause (i), by striking “, except for an unaccompanied alien child from a contiguous country subject to the exceptions under subsection (a)(2), ” and inserting “who does not meet the criteria listed in paragraph (2)(A)”.

SEC. 4. Applicability.

The amendments made by section 2 shall apply to any unaccompanied alien child who was apprehended on or after June 15, 2012.