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Introduced in Senate (02/07/2019)


116th CONGRESS
1st Session
S. 415


To provide immigration status for certain battered spouses and children.


IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

February 7, 2019

Ms. Klobuchar (for herself, Mr. Coons, and Ms. Harris) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary


A BILL

To provide immigration status for certain battered spouses and children.

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 “Protecting Immigrant Victims of Domestic Violence Act”.

SEC. 2. Immigration status for certain battered spouses and children.

(a) Nonimmigrant status for certain battered spouses and children.—Section 101(a)(51) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1101(a)(51)) is amended—

(1) in subparagraph (F), by striking “or” at the end;

(2) in subparagraph (G), by striking the period at the end and inserting “; or”; and

(3) by adding at the end the following:

“(H) section 106 as an abused derivative alien.”.

(b) Relief for abused derivative aliens.—

(1) AMENDMENT.—Section 106 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1105a) is amended to read as follows:

“SEC. 106. Relief for abused derivative aliens.

“(a) Abused derivative alien defined.—In this section, the term ‘abused derivative alien’ means an alien who—

“(1) is a spouse or child admitted under section 101(a)(15);

“(2) is accompanying or following to join a principal alien admitted under such section; and

“(3) has been subject to battery or extreme cruelty by such principal alien.

“(b) Relief for abused derivative aliens.—The Secretary of Homeland Security—

“(1) shall grant admission to, or extend the period of admission for, an abused derivative alien under the subparagraph of section 101(a)(15) pursuant to which the principal alien was admitted for the period that is the longer of—

“(A) the same period for which the principal alien was initially admitted; or

“(B) 3 years;

“(2) may renew a grant or an extension of status made under paragraph (1);

“(3) shall grant employment authorization to an abused derivative alien; and

“(4) may adjust the status of an abused derivative alien to that of an alien lawfully admitted for permanent residence if—

“(A) (i) the abused derivative alien is admissible under section 212(a); or

“(ii) the Secretary of Homeland Security determines that the continued presence in the United States of the abused derivative alien is justified—

“(I) on humanitarian grounds;

“(II) to ensure family unity; or

“(III) is otherwise in the public interest; and

“(B) the status under which the principal alien was admitted to the United States would have potentially allowed for eventual adjustment of status.

“(c) Effect of termination of relationship.—Termination of the relationship with principal alien shall not affect the status of an abused derivative alien under this section if battery or extreme cruelty by the principal alien was one central reason for termination of the relationship.

“(d) Procedures.—A request for relief under this section shall be handled under the procedures that apply to an alien seeking relief under section 204(a)(1)(B).”.

(2) CLERICAL AMENDMENT.—The table of contents preceding section 101 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1101) is amended by striking the item relating to section 106 and inserting the following:


“Sec. 106. Relief for abused derivative aliens.”.