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115th CONGRESS
1st Session
H. R. 565


To recognize that Christians and Yazidis in Iraq, Syria, Pakistan, Iran, and Libya are targets of genocide, and to provide for the expedited processing of immigrant and refugee visas for such individuals, and for other purposes.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

January 13, 2017

Mr. Rohrabacher (for himself, Mr. Poe of Texas, Mr. King of Iowa, Mr. Bishop of Michigan, Mr. Webster of Florida, and Mr. Grothman) 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 recognize that Christians and Yazidis in Iraq, Syria, Pakistan, Iran, and Libya are targets of genocide, and to provide for the expedited processing of immigrant and refugee visas for such individuals, 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 “Save Christians from Genocide Act”.

SEC. 2. Declaration of policy.

Congress—

(1) recognizes that Christians and Yazidis in Iraq, Syria, Pakistan, Iran, and Libya are targets of genocide and encourages other nations to likewise recognize the ongoing genocide and the threat of genocide to these people; and

(2) further recognizes that such targets of genocide who are seeking admission to the United States as immigrants or refugees should be given priority and expedited processing.

SEC. 3. Emergency admission of refugees and immigrants.

(a) Refugees.—

(1) EMERGENCY REFUGEE SITUATION DESCRIBED.—The persecution of Christians and Yazidis in Iraq, Syria, Pakistan, Iran, and Libya constitutes an unforeseen emergency refugee situation, and the admission of such persecuted individuals in response to that situation is of grave humanitarian concern.

(2) EXPEDITED PROCESSING.—The Secretary of Homeland Security shall provide for the expedited processing of the visas for aliens described in paragraph (3), and shall ensure that such applications receive first priority among applications for refugee status.

(3) ALIENS DESCRIBED.—An alien is described in this paragraph if the alien—

(A) is a citizen or national of Iraq, Syria, Pakistan, Iran, or Libya, or in the case of an alien having no nationality, whose country of last habitual residence was Iraq, Syria, Pakistan, Iran, or Libya;

(B) is a member of the Christian or Yazidi community; and

(C) is seeking admission to the United States as a refuge under section 207 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1157).

(4) QUALIFICATION AS REFUGEES.—For purposes of qualifying as a refugee under section 101 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1101)—

(A) membership in the Christian or Yazidi community shall qualify an alien described in paragraph (3) as a member of a persecuted group; and

(B) the requirement that an alien be outside any country of such person's nationality or, in the case of a person having no nationality, is outside any country in which such person last habitually resided, shall not apply to an alien described in paragraph (3).

(b) Immigrants.—

(1) EXPEDITED PROCESSING.—The Secretary of Homeland Security shall provide for the expedited processing of visas for the aliens described in paragraph (2), and shall ensure that such applications receive first priority among applications for immigrant status.

(2) ALIENS DESCRIBED.—An alien is described in this paragraph if the alien—

(A) is a citizen or national of Iraq, Syria, Pakistan, Iran, Libya, or in the case of an alien having no nationality, whose country of last habitual residence was Iraq, Syria, Pakistan, Iran, or Libya;

(B) is a member of the Christian or Yazidi community; and

(C) is seeking admission to the United States as an immigrant under subsection (a) or (b) of section 203 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1153).