Text: S.2625 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)All Information (Except Text)

There is one version of the bill.

Text available as:

Shown Here:
Introduced in Senate (10/17/2019)


116th CONGRESS
1st Session
S. 2625


To authorize the admission of a limited number of Kurdish Syrians and other Syrian partners as special immigrants, and for other purposes.


IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

October 17, 2019

Mr. Warner introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary


A BILL

To authorize the admission of a limited number of Kurdish Syrians and other Syrian partners as special immigrants, 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 “Syrian Allies Protection Act”.

SEC. 2. Special immigrant status for persons working directly with the United States Armed Forces in Syria.

(a) In general.—Subject to subsection (c)(1), the Secretary of Homeland Security may provide an alien described in subsection (b) with the status of a special immigrant under section 101(a)(27) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1101(a)(27)) if the alien—

(1) submits a petition under section 204 of such Act (8 U.S.C. 1154) for classification under section 203(b)(4) of such Act (8 U.S.C. 1153(b)(4)); and

(2) is otherwise eligible to receive an immigrant visa and is otherwise admissible to the United States for permanent residence, except in determining such admissibility, the grounds for inadmissibility specified in section 212(a)(4) of such Act (8 U.S.C. 1182(a)(4)) shall not apply.

(b) Aliens described.—An alien described in this subsection—

(1) (A) is a national of Syria;

(B) worked directly with the United States Armed Forces as a translator or in another role that was vital to the success of the United States military mission in Syria, as determined by the Secretary of Defense or his designee, for a period of at least 6 months between September 13, 2014, and October 15, 2019;

(C) obtained a favorable written recommendation from a general or flag officer in the chain of command of the United States Armed Forces unit that was supported by the alien; and

(D) cleared a background check and screening before filing a petition under subsection (a)(1), as determined by a general or flag officer in the chain of command of the United States Armed Forces unit that was supported by the alien; or

(2) (A) is the spouse or child of a principal alien described in paragraph (1); and

(B) is following or accompanying to join such principal alien.

(c) Numerical limitations.—

(1) IN GENERAL.—The total number of principal aliens who may be provided special immigrant status under this section during any fiscal year may not exceed 250.

(2) COUNTING AGAINST SPECIAL IMMIGRANT CAP.—For purposes of the application of sections 201 through 203 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1151 through 1153) in any fiscal year, aliens eligible for special immigrant status under this section—

(A) shall be treated as special immigrants described in section 101(a)(27) of such Act (8 U.S.C. 1101(a)(27)) who are not described in subparagraph (A), (B), (C), or (K) of such section; and

(B) shall not be counted against the numerical limitations under sections 201(d), 202(a), and 203(b)(4) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1151(d), 1152(a), and 1153(b)(4)).

(d) Adjustment of status.—Notwithstanding paragraphs (2), (7), and (8) of section 245(c) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1255(c)), the Secretary of Homeland Security may adjust the status of an alien to that of a lawful permanent resident under section 245(a) of such Act if the alien—

(1) was paroled or admitted as a nonimmigrant into the United States; and

(2) is otherwise eligible for special immigrant status under this section and under the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1101 et seq.).

SEC. 3. Evacuation framework.

(a) In general.—The Secretary of Defense, in consultation with the Secretary of State and the Secretary of Homeland Security, shall develop and implement a framework for—

(1) temporarily resettling individuals applying for special immigrant status whose lives or safety is at risk if they remain in their country of origin or country of last habitual residence in a safe third country while appropriate background checks are conducted on such individuals; and

(2) granting humanitarian parole to individuals described in paragraph (1) pursuant to section 212(d)(5)(B) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1182(d)(5)(B)).

(b) Effect of recommendation.—If the Secretary of Homeland Security determines that an alien who has obtained a favorable written recommendation pursuant to subparagraph (C) of section 2(b)(1), or the spouse or child of such alien, would be exposed to significant risk to his or her life or safety while waiting for the results of the background check and screening described in subparagraph (D) of such section, such recommendation shall be deemed to constitute sufficient evidence of a compelling reason—

(1) to temporarily resettle the alien and his or her spouse and children, if applicable, in a safe third country; or

(2) to parole the alien and his or her spouse and children, if applicable, pursuant to section 212(d)(5)(B) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1182(d)(5)(B)).

SEC. 4. Resettlement assistance.

Syrian aliens granted special immigrant status under section 2 shall be eligible for resettlement assistance, entitlement programs, and other benefits available to refugees admitted under section 207 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1157) for a period not to exceed 6 months.