House Rejects Two Immigration Bills

June 29, 2018 § Leave a comment

A bill proposed by Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), titled the “Securing America’s Future Act of 2018” failed through the House of Representatives on June 21, 2018. This Act detailed getting rid of the ability for U.S. citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents to sponsor their relatives. The elimination of this option for foreign nationals would create a temporary 5-year nonimmigrant visa for parents of U.S. citizens who meet the requirement of being able to financially support their parents (including providing health insurance). The “Securing America’s Future Act of 2018” would eliminate the Diversity Visa Program and prohibits the filing or approval of pending applications in categories that have been terminated. More about the Act can be found at https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/4760/text.
The House voted on another immigration bill on June 22, 2018. The “Border Security and Immigration Reform Act of 2018”, supported by Speaker Paul Ryan, would allow a path for DACA recipients to obtain green cards, increase border security funding, eliminate the Diversity Visa Program and reform other immigration laws. The “Border Security and Immigration Reform Act of 2018” failed by 121 “yes” votes and 301 “no” votes. A summary has not yet been posted on Congress’ website, but you can track the action of the bill at https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/6136.

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