Text: S.2797 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)All Information (Except Text)

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116th CONGRESS
1st Session
S. 2797


To amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to require the Secretary of Homeland Security to parole into the United States certain relatives of current and former members of the Armed Forces, and for other purposes.


IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

November 6, 2019

Ms. Duckworth (for herself, Mr. Markey, Ms. Cortez Masto, Ms. Klobuchar, Mr. Menendez, Mr. Blumenthal, Mr. Coons, Mr. Durbin, Mr. Wyden, and Mr. Kaine) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary


A BILL

To amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to require the Secretary of Homeland Security to parole into the United States certain relatives of current and former members of the Armed Forces, 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 “Military Family Parole in Place Act”.

SEC. 2. Parole for certain relatives of current and former members of the Armed Forces.

Section 212(d)(5) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1182(d)(5)) is amended—

(1) in subparagraph (A), by striking “subparagraph (B) or” and inserting “subparagraphs (B) and (C) and”;

(2) by striking “Attorney General” each place such term appears and inserting “Secretary of Homeland Security”; and

(3) by adding at the end the following:

“(C) (i) Except as provided in clause (iii), the Secretary of Homeland Security shall parole into the United States an alien who is the spouse, widow or widower, parent, or child of—

“(I) a member of the Armed Forces on active duty;

“(II) a member of the Selected Reserve of the Ready Reserve; or

“(III) an individual, whether living or deceased, who—

“(aa) previously served as—

“(AA) a member of the Armed Forces on active duty; or

“(BB) a member of the Selected Reserve of the Ready Reserve; and

“(bb) was discharged or released from such service under a condition other than dishonorable.

“(ii) The Secretary of Homeland Security shall parole an alien into the United States under clause (i) in 1-year increments.

“(iii) (I) An application for parole under this subparagraph may be denied only if the Secretary of Homeland Security, the Secretary of Defense, and the Secretary of Veterans Affairs jointly issue a written justification for the denial.

“(II) The Secretary of Homeland Security, the Secretary of Defense, and the Secretary of Veterans Affairs may not delegate the responsibility described in subclause (I).

“(III) (aa) In the case of a denial under subclause (I), the Secretary of Homeland Security shall publish on a publicly available internet website of the Department of Homeland Security information about the denial, including a detailed justification for the denial.

“(bb) Information published under item (aa) shall not include personally identifiable information.”.


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