Text: H.R.416 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)All Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in House (01/09/2019)


116th CONGRESS
1st Session
H. R. 416


To amend section 524(c) of title 18, United States Code, to use lawfully forfeited drug seizures to increase border security.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

January 9, 2019

Mr. Sensenbrenner (for himself, Mr. Meadows, Mr. Duncan, Mr. David P. Roe of Tennessee, Mr. Bishop of Utah, Mr. Gibbs, and Mr. Hice of Georgia) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary


A BILL

To amend section 524(c) of title 18, United States Code, to use lawfully forfeited drug seizures to increase border security.

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 “Build up Illegal Line Defenses with Assets Lawfully Lifted Act of 2019”.

SEC. 2. Reservation of portion of forfeits in the Department of Justice Civil Asset Forfeiture Fund for building a physical barrier or advanced technology to prevent illegal entry over our southern border.

Section 524(c) of title 28, United States Code, is amended—

(1) in paragraph (1), by inserting “, except as provided in paragraph (12),” before “be available to the Attorney General”; and

(2) by adding at the end the following:

“(12) (A) Not later than on December 1 of each year, the Attorney General shall report to Congress the total of any funds in the Fund as of October 1 which are derived from Mexican cartels.

“(B) The Attorney General shall conduct an ongoing study with a view to deriving more funds than have historically been the case for the Fund from Mexican cartels. The Attorney General shall report from time to time to Congress any suggestions found through the study. The first such report shall be transmitted not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of this paragraph.

“(C) An amount equal to 50 percent of the total reported under subsection (a) shall be made available without fiscal year limitation to install additional physical barriers and roads (including the removal of obstacles to detection of illegal entrants) in the vicinity of the United States border to deter illegal crossings in areas of high illegal entry into the United States.”.

SEC. 3. Limitation on release of property.

Section 983(f)(8) of title 18, United States Code, is amended—

(1) by striking “or” at the end of subparagraph (C);

(2) by striking the period at the end of subparagraph (D) and inserting “; or”; and

(3) by adding at the end the following:

    “(E) is currency or contraband likely to belong to or used in support of a foreign, illegal trafficking organization.”.