U.S. House of Representatives Votes on DACA this Week

UPDATE 6/25/2018: The House rejected a vote on this bill on Thursday. No upcoming vote.

According to Countable, the online report on Congressional issues, this week of Monday, 6/25/2018, the House votes on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). The section on DACA is accompanied by sections on “Border Enforcement” and “Visa Allocations and Priorities”. On the DACA section, Countable reports:

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Legal Status for Certain Childhood Arrivals: This section would create a renewable, six year legal status for eligible unauthorized immigrants known as “contingent nonimmigrant status” which would allow them to apply for green cards (lawful permanent resident status) after five years. Unauthorized immigrants would be eligible for contingent nonimmigrant status if they:

  • Are physically present in the U.S. when they make their application and were physically present in the U.S. on June 15, 2007;
  • Were younger than 16 years of age when they first entered the country;
  • Were under 31 years of age on June 15, 2012 and had no lawful immigration status on that date;
  • Are of good moral character and have requested the release of any juvenile court records to DHS;
  • Have maintained continuous physical presence in the U.S. from June 15, 2012 until they’re granted contingent non-immigrant status;
  • Have obtained a high school diploma or an equivalent in the U.S. or are enrolled full-time at an educational institution.

Unauthorized immigrants would be ineligible for contingent non-immigrant status if they have:

  • A felony conviction or an aggravated felony;
  • A misdemeanor conviction for domestic violence, child abuse or neglect, assault resulting in bodily injury; or violating a protection order;
  • A conviction for sexual assault at any time;
  • One or more offenses classified as misdemeanors involving driving while intoxicated (DWI) or driving under the influence (DUI);
  • Two or more misdemeanors for any offenses unrelated to driving under the influence or causing physical bodily harm;
  • Juvenile convictions for offenses related to murder, manslaughter, homicide, rape, statutory rape, any offense of a sexual nature involving a victim under the age of 18, a crime of violence, or drug dealing;
  • Failed to comply with a removal order or voluntary departure agreement or are deportable or inadmissible for specified reasons.

Contingent non-immigrants over the age of 18 would have to demonstrate an ability to support themselves with an annual income that’s at least 125 percent of the federal poverty level throughout the period they have contingent non-immigrant status. They’d be exempt from this requirement if they’re enrolled in school, are physically or mentally disabled, or are the caregiver of either a child under the age of 18 or an adult who is incapable of self-care because of a disability.

Contingent non-immigrants would have to request authorization by DHS to travel outside the country and be re-admitted, and couldn’t be outside the U.S. for more than 180 days during each 6 year period they’re in contingent non-immigrant status. There would be exceptions for extenuating circumstances and military service.

The application period would be open for one year after DHS publishes its interim final rule for contingent non-immigrant applications. The process would include completing a form that includes the provision of tax documents, documents demonstrating identity (like a passport, birth certificate), a certified school transcript (as needed to comply with education requirements), and an interview. A one-time border security fee of $1,000 would also be required as part of the application process.

Unauthorized immigrants apprehended before or during the application process would be given an opportunity would be given an opportunity to apply for contingent non-immigrant status if they appear eligible for such status. Their ability to apply would be rescinded if they become ineligible for one of the above reasons, or if DHS determines their removal to be in the interest of national security.”

See (join) Countable to see a full report on the proposed bill, including “Border Enforcement” and “Visa Allocations and Priorities.”

If you’re interested in the House vote on DACA, contact your senators and representative.

For more information on ongoing support for DACA, see the September, 2017 CBS News article, Fifteen states and D.C. file lawsuit over DACA.

Author: jmelange

I am a writer living in the Bay Area, California.

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