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115th CONGRESS
1st Session
S. 54


To prohibit the creation of an immigration-related registry program that classifies people on the basis of religion, race, age, gender, ethnicity, national origin, nationality, or citizenship.


IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

January 5, 2017

Mr. Booker (for himself, Ms. Warren, Mr. Schatz, Mr. Markey, Mrs. Murray, Mr. Sanders, Mr. Leahy, Mr. Merkley, Ms. Hirono, and Mr. Wyden) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary


A BILL

To prohibit the creation of an immigration-related registry program that classifies people on the basis of religion, race, age, gender, ethnicity, national origin, nationality, or citizenship.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Short titles.

This Act may be cited as the “Protect American Families from Unnecessary Registration and Deportation Act of 2017” or the “Protect American Families Act”.

SEC. 2. Prohibition of certain immigration-related registry programs.

(a) Prohibition.—Subject to subsection (b) and notwithstanding any other provision of law, including sections 263, 265, and 266 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1303, 1305, and 1306)—

(1) the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Justice, or any other Federal department may not create or implement a law enforcement or national security program that requires, or has the effect of causing, people to register or check in on the basis of religion, race, age, gender, ethnicity, national origin, nationality, or citizenship; and

(2) consistent with the prohibition under paragraph (1), no Federal funds may be used to create or implement an immigration registry or check-in program.

(b) Inapplicability to certain Federal programs.—The prohibitions under subsection (a) shall not apply to any Federal program that—

(1) merely collects and compiles data about aliens entering or exiting the United States; or

(2) issues visas, grants United States citizenship, confers an immigration benefit to nationals of a foreign country, or temporarily or permanently protects noncitizens from removal.