HR 1796

112th CONGRESS
1st Session

H. R. 1796

To amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to promote family unity, and for other purposes.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

May 6, 2011

Mr. HONDA (for himself, Ms. BALDWIN, Ms. BASS of California, Mr. BECERRA, Ms. BERKLEY, Mr. BERMAN, Mr. BLUMENAUER, Ms. BORDALLO, Mr. BRADY of Pennsylvania, Mr. CAPUANO, Mr. CARSON of Indiana, Ms. CASTOR of Florida, Mr. CONYERS, Mr. DEUTCH, Ms. CLARKE of New York, Mrs. CAPPS, Ms. CHU, Mr. COHEN, Mr. DAVIS of Illinois, Mrs. DAVIS of California, Ms. DEGETTE, Mr. DOYLE, Mr. ELLISON, Ms. ESHOO, Mr. FALEOMAVAEGA, Mr. FARR, Mr. FATTAH, Mr. FILNER, Mr. FRANK of Massachusetts, Mr. GRIJALVA, Mr. GUTIERREZ, Mr. HASTINGS of Florida, Mr. HINCHEY, Ms. HIRONO, Mr. HOLT, Ms. NORTON, Mr. ISRAEL, Mr. JACKSON of Illinois, Ms. JACKSON LEE of Texas, Mr. JOHNSON of Georgia, Ms. LEE of California, Mr. LEWIS of Georgia, Ms. ZOE LOFGREN of California, Mr. LANGEVIN, Mrs. MALONEY, Mr. MARKEY, Ms. MATSUI, Ms. MCCOLLUM, Mr. MCDERMOTT, Mr. MCGOVERN, Mr. GEORGE MILLER of California, Ms. MOORE, Mr. MORAN, Mr. NADLER, Mrs. NAPOLITANO, Mr. OLVER, Ms. PELOSI, Ms. PINGREE of Maine, Mr. POLIS, Mr. QUIGLEY, Mr. RANGEL, Ms. RICHARDSON, Mr. ROTHMAN of New Jersey, Ms. ROYBAL-ALLARD, Mr. RUSH, Mr. SABLAN, Ms. LINDA T. SANCHEZ of California, Ms. SCHAKOWSKY, Mr. SERRANO, Mr. SIRES, Mr. STARK, Mr. TOWNS, Ms. TSONGAS, Ms. WASSERMAN SCHULTZ, and Ms. WILSON of Florida) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary


A BILL

To amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to promote family unity, and for other purposes.

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE; TABLE OF CONTENTS.

TITLE I--REDUCING FAMILY-BASED VISA BACKLOGS AND PROMOTING FAMILY REUNIFICATION

TITLE II--UNITING AMERICAN FAMILIES ACT

TITLE I--REDUCING FAMILY-BASED VISA BACKLOGS AND PROMOTING FAMILY REUNIFICATION

SEC. 101. RECAPTURE OF IMMIGRANT VISAS LOST TO BUREAUCRATIC DELAY.

SEC. 102. RECLASSIFICATION OF SPOUSES AND MINOR CHILDREN OF LEGAL PERMANENT RESIDENTS AS IMMEDIATE RELATIVES.

(aa) in subclause (I)(aa), by inserting `or legal permanent resident' after `citizen'; and

(bb) in subclause (II)(aa)--

(AA) in subitems (AA) and (BB), by inserting `or legal permanent resident;' after `citizen' each place that term appears;

(BB) in subitem (CC), by inserting `or legal permanent resident' after `citizen' each place that term appears; and

(CC) in subitem (CC)(bbb), by inserting `or legal permanent resident' after `citizenship';

(aa) by inserting `or legal permanent resident status' after `renunciation of citizenship'; and

(bb) by inserting `or legal permanent resident' after `abuser's citizenship';

SEC. 103. COUNTRY LIMITS.

SEC. 104. PROMOTING FAMILY UNITY.

SEC. 105. RELIEF FOR ORPHANS, WIDOWS, AND WIDOWERS.

SEC. 106. EXEMPTION FROM IMMIGRANT VISA LIMIT FOR CERTAIN VETERANS WHO ARE NATIVES OF PHILIPPINES.

SEC. 107. FIANCEE CHILD STATUS PROTECTION.

SEC. 108. EQUAL TREATMENT FOR ALL STEPCHILDREN.

SEC. 109. RETENTION OF PRIORITY DATES.

TITLE II--UNITING AMERICAN FAMILIES ACT

SEC. 201. DEFINITIONS OF PERMANENT PARTNER AND PERMANENT PARTNERSHIP.

SEC. 202. DEFINITION OF CHILD.

SEC. 203. WORLDWIDE LEVEL OF IMMIGRATION.

SEC. 204. NUMERICAL LIMITATIONS ON INDIVIDUAL FOREIGN STATES.

SEC. 205. ALLOCATION OF IMMIGRANT VISAS.

SEC. 206. PROCEDURE FOR GRANTING IMMIGRANT STATUS.

SEC. 207. ANNUAL ADMISSION OF REFUGEES AND ADMISSION OF EMERGENCY SITUATION REFUGEES.

SEC. 208. ASYLUM.

SEC. 209. ADJUSTMENT OF STATUS OF REFUGEES.

SEC. 210. INADMISSIBLE ALIENS.

SEC. 211. NONIMMIGRANT STATUS FOR PERMANENT PARTNERS AWAITING THE AVAILABILITY OF AN IMMIGRANT VISA.

SEC. 212. DERIVATIVE STATUS FOR PERMANENT PARTNERS OF NONIMMIGRANT VISA HOLDERS.

SEC. 213. CONDITIONAL PERMANENT RESIDENT STATUS FOR CERTAIN ALIEN SPOUSES, PERMANENT PARTNERS, AND SONS AND DAUGHTERS.

SEC. 214. CONDITIONAL PERMANENT RESIDENT STATUS FOR CERTAIN ALIEN ENTREPRENEURS, SPOUSES, PERMANENT PARTNERS, AND CHILDREN.

SEC. 215. DEPORTABLE ALIENS.

SEC. 216. REMOVAL PROCEEDINGS.

SEC. 217. CANCELLATION OF REMOVAL; ADJUSTMENT OF STATUS.

SEC. 218. ADJUSTMENT OF STATUS OF NONIMMIGRANT TO THAT OF PERSON ADMITTED FOR PERMANENT RESIDENCE.

SEC. 219. APPLICATION OF CRIMINAL PENALTIES FOR MISREPRESENTATION AND CONCEALMENT OF FACTS REGARDING PERMANENT PARTNERSHIPS.

SEC. 220. REQUIREMENTS AS TO RESIDENCE, GOOD MORAL CHARACTER, ATTACHMENT TO THE PRINCIPLES OF THE CONSTITUTION.

SEC. 221. NATURALIZATION FOR PERMANENT PARTNERS OF CITIZENS.

SEC. 222. APPLICATION OF FAMILY UNITY PROVISIONS TO PERMANENT PARTNERS OF CERTAIN LIFE ACT BENEFICIARIES.

SEC. 223. APPLICATION TO CUBAN ADJUSTMENT ACT.

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