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Protect Our Workers from Exploitation and Retaliation Act

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Official Title as Introduced

To protect victims of crime or serious labor violations from removal during Department of Homeland Security enforcement actions, and for other purposes.

Actions Overview (1)

Date Actions Overview
05/22/2018Introduced in House

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Date All Actions
07/24/2018Referred to the Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security.
Action By: Committee on the Judiciary
05/22/2018Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.
Action By: House of Representatives
05/22/2018Introduced in House
Action By: House of Representatives

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House Judiciary05/22/2018 Referred to
House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security07/24/2018 Referred to

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Introduced in House (05/22/2018)

Protect Our Workers from Exploitation and Retaliation Act or the POWER Act

This bill amends the Immigration and Nationality Act to expand the nonimmigrant U-visa category (crime victims and their immediate family members) to include an alien who:

  • has suffered substantial abuse or harm resulting from a workplace violation claim;
  • is a victim of specified criminal activity or a workplace violation and would suffer extreme hardship upon removal;
  • has been helpful in a workplace violation investigation; or
  • has filed, is a material witness in, or is likely to be helpful in the investigation of, a workplace claim and reasonably fears, or has been the victim of, employer retaliation.

An alien who is a material witness in a workplace claim and who has been helpful in a related law enforcement action may remain and work temporarily in the United States.

In a Department of Homeland Security workplace enforcement action a detained alien: (1) who is necessary as a witness shall not be removed until the appropriate law enforcement agency is notified and has an opportunity to interview such individual, and (2) who is entitled to a stay or abeyance of removal shall not be removed.

An alien in removal proceedings who is a witness in a workplace claim or who has filed for U-visa status shall be entitled to a stay or abeyance of removal and permitted to work until the claim's disposition unless the alien has been convicted of a felony or filed a bad faith claim.