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New GOP bill on DACA would make extensive changes on other immigration issues

New GOP bill on DACA would make extensive changes on other immigration issues

New GOP bill on DACA would make extensive changes on other immigration issues
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New GOP bill on DACA would make extensive changes on other immigration issues

As bipartisan negotiations continued on Capitol Hill on a possible legislative deal to shield hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrant "Dreamers" from deportation, Republicans on Wednesday rolled out their own bill, chock full of changes to federal immigration law, including tougher rules for businesses which hire workers who are not legally in the United States.

"This bill funds the border wall," said Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), the Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee. "Our bill ends chain migration and the visa lottery program."

"It cracks down on sanctuary cities, increases criminal penalties for deported criminals who illegally return, and makes the E-Verify program mandatory to help insure employers hire only legal workers," Goodlatte added.

Weighing in at over 400 pages, the new GOP bill goes well past President Donald Trump's plan that he floated over the last week, to allow Dreamers to stay in exchange for money to build a border wall, an end to chain migration, and the end of the Diversity Visa lottery program.

"I think this bill embodies the four main pillars that we came to an agreement on at the White House," said Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX), who chairs the House Homeland Security Committee.

The GOP provisions on DACA would not put "Dreamers" on a pathway to U.S. citizenship, but would rather grant them "contingent non-immigrant status," to allow them to stay legally in the United States.

To be eligible, that younger illegal immigrant had to be in the United States before June 15, 2007, and have been younger than 16 years old at the time of their arrival in the U.S.

Those who apply for that non-immigrant status would have to pay the feds $1,000 and fulfill a series of requirements, ranging from graduation from high school to a lack of serious criminal offenses and more.

As for the President, he made clear again on Wednesday that any effort in Congress to deal with the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program - DACA - would need to include money for a wall along the border with Mexico.

"It’s got to include the wall," the President said at a joint news conference with the Prime Minister of Norway. "We need the wall for security. We need the wall for safety."

But there were rumblings of discontent from some more conservative Republicans in the Congress, who want the President to press for extra immigration enforcement, but not give in on the DACA issue.

"Congress and President Trump cannot legalize DACA without sacrificing the Rule of Law and broadcasting a call to come to America to be here for the next amnesty," tweeted Rep. Steve King (R-IA).

As for other provisions in the new GOP immigration bill, the plan:

+ Includes a series of reforms to legal immigration

- Reduces the overall level of legal immigration

- Reforms in the H2C temporary farm worker visa program

- Makes visa security reforms

- Interior immigration enforcement

- Punishes so-called "Sanctuary cities"

- Has tougher provisions on Criminal aliens who return to the U.S.

- Asylum reforms

- Changes in law dealing with how unaccompanied children apprehended along the border are dealt with.

The breadth of the GOP plan all but insures that it will draw opposition from Democrats, who favor a bill that only deals with DACA.

If you don't want to read the bill, then here's the table of contents for the GOP legislation:




Sec. 1101. Family-sponsored immigration priorities.

Sec. 1102. Elimination of diversity visa program.

Sec. 1103. Employment-based immigration priorities.

Sec. 1104. Waiver of rights by B visa nonimmigrants.


Sec. 2101. Short title.

Sec. 2102. H–2C temporary agricultural work visa program.

Sec. 2103. Admission of temporary H–2C workers.

Sec. 2104. Mediation.

Sec. 2105. Migrant and seasonal agricultural worker protection.

Sec. 2106. Binding arbitration.

Sec. 2107. Eligibility for health care subsidies and refundable tax credits; required health insurance coverage.

Sec. 2108. Study of establishment of an agricultural worker employment pool.

Sec. 2109. Prevailing wage.

Sec. 2110. Effective dates; sunset; regulations.

Sec. 2111. Report on compliance and violations.


Sec. 3101. Cancellation of additional visas.

Sec. 3102. Visa information sharing.

Sec. 3103. Restricting waiver of visa interviews.

Sec. 3104. Authorizing the Department of State to not interview certain ineligible visa applicants.

Sec. 3105. Visa refusal and revocation.

Sec. 3106. Petition and application processing for visas and immigration benefits.

Sec. 3107. Fraud prevention.

Sec. 3108. Visa ineligibility for spouses and children of drug traffickers.

Sec. 3109. DNA testing.

Sec. 3110. Access to NCIC criminal history database for diplomatic visas.

Sec. 3111. Elimination of signed photograph requirement for visa applications.

Sec. 3112. Additional fraud detection and prevention.


Sec. 1101. Short title.

Sec. 1102. Employment eligibility verification process.

Sec. 1103. Employment eligibility verification system.

Sec. 1104. Recruitment, referral, and continuation of employment.

Sec. 1105. Good faith defense.

Sec. 1106. Preemption and States’ Rights.

Sec. 1107. Repeal.

Sec. 1108. Penalties.

Sec. 1109. Fraud and misuse of documents.

Sec. 1110. Protection of Social Security Administration programs.

Sec. 1111. Fraud prevention.

Sec. 1112. Use of Employment Eligibility Verification Photo Tool.

Sec. 1113. Identity authentication employment eligibility verification pilot programs.

Sec. 1114. Inspector General audits.



Sec. 2201. Short title.

Sec. 2202. State noncompliance with enforcement of immigration law.

Sec. 2203. Clarifying the authority of ice detainers.

Sec. 2204. Sarah and Grant’s law.

Sec. 2205. Clarification of congressional intent.

Sec. 2206. Penalties for illegal entry or presence.


Sec. 3301. Precluding admissibility of aliens convicted of aggravated felonies or other serious offenses.

Sec. 3302. Increased penalties barring the admission of convicted sex offenders

failing to register and requiring deportation of sex offenders failing to register.

Sec. 3303. Grounds of inadmissibility and deportability for alien gang members.

Sec. 3304. Inadmissibility and deportability of drunk drivers.

Sec. 3305. Definition of aggravated felony.

Sec. 3306. Precluding withholding of removal for aggravated felons.

Sec. 3307. Protecting immigrants from convicted sex offenders.

Sec. 3308. Clarification to crimes of violence and crimes involving moral turpitude.

Sec. 3309. Detention of dangerous aliens.

Sec. 3310. Timely repatriation.

Sec. 3311. Illegal reentry.


Sec. 4401. Clarification of intent regarding taxpayer-provided counsel.

Sec. 4402. Credible fear interviews.

Sec. 4403. Recording expedited removal and credible fear interviews.

Sec. 4404. Safe third country.

Sec. 4405. Renunciation of Asylum Status Pursuant to Return to Home Country.

Sec. 4406. Notice concerning frivolous asylum applications.

Sec. 4407. Anti-fraud investigative work product.

Sec. 4408. Penalties for asylum fraud.

Sec. 4409. Statute of limitations for asylum fraud.

Sec. 4410. Technical amendments.


Sec. 5501. Repatriation of unaccompanied alien children.

Sec. 5502. Special immigrant juvenile status for immigrants unable to reunite with either parent.

Sec. 5503. Jurisdiction of asylum applications.

Sec. 5504. Quarterly report to Congress.

Sec. 5505. Biannual report to Congress.

Sec. 5506. Clarification of standards for family detention.


Sec. 1100. Short title.


Sec. 1101. Definitions.

Subtitle A—Infrastructure and Equipment

Sec. 1111. Strengthening the requirements for barriers along the southern border.

Sec. 1112. Air and Marine Operations flight hours.

Sec. 1113. Capability deployment to specific sectors and transit zone.

Sec. 1114. U.S. Border Patrol activities.

Sec. 1115. Border security technology program management.

Sec. 1116. Reimbursement of States for deployment of the National Guard at the southern border.

Sec. 1117. National Guard support to secure the southern border.

Sec. 1118. Prohibitions on actions that impede border security on certain Federal land.

Sec. 1119. Landowner and rancher security enhancement.

Sec. 1120. Eradication of carrizo cane and salt cedar.

Sec. 1121. Southern border threat analysis.

Sec. 1122. Amendments to U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Sec. 1123. Agent and officer technology use.

Sec. 1124. Integrated Border Enforcement Teams.

Sec. 1125. Tunnel Task Forces.

Sec. 1126. Pilot program on use of electromagnetic spectrum in support of border security operations.

Sec. 1127. Homeland security foreign assistance.

Subtitle B—Personnel

Sec. 1131. Additional U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents and officers.

Sec. 1132. U.S. Customs and Border Protection retention incentives.

Sec. 1133. Anti-Border Corruption Reauthorization Act.

Sec. 1134. Training for officers and agents of U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Subtitle C—Grants

Sec. 1141. Operation Stonegarden.

Subtitle D—Authorization of Appropriations

Sec. 1151. Authorization of appropriations.


Sec. 2101. Ports of entry infrastructure.

Sec. 2102. Secure communications.

Sec. 2103. Border security deployment program.

Sec. 2104. Pilot and upgrade of license plate readers at ports of entry.

Sec. 2105. Non-intrusive inspection operational demonstration.

Sec. 2106. Biometric exit data system.

Sec. 2107. Sense of Congress on cooperation between agencies.

Sec. 2108. Authorization of appropriations.

Sec. 2109. Definition.


Sec. 3101. Visa security.

Sec. 3102. Electronic passport screening and biometric matching.

Sec. 3103. Reporting of visa overstays.

Sec. 3104. Student and exchange visitor information system verification.

Sec. 3105. Social media review of visa applicants.


Sec. 4101. Short title.

Sec. 4102. Unlawfully hindering immigration, border, and customs controls.


Sec. 1101. Definitions.

Sec. 1102. Contingent nonimmigrant status for certain aliens who entered the

United States as minors.

Sec. 1103. Administrative and judicial review.

Sec. 1104. Penalties and signature requirements.

Sec. 1105. Rulemaking.

Sec. 1106. Statutory construction


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Update 3:50 p.m. EDT April 22: In an email to parents, officials at Sidwell Friends, a private school in the Washington-area, confirmed one of their students was killed in Sunday’s bombings, The Washington Post reported. School officials identified the student as Kieran Shafritz de Zoysa, a fifth-grade boy who had been on leave in Sri Lanka for the last year, according to the Post. “Kieran was passionate about learning, he adored his friends, and he was incredibly excited about returning to Sidwell Friends this coming school year,” school officials said in the letter. “We are beyond sorry not to get the opportunity to welcome Kieran to the Middle School.” State Department officials said earlier Monday that at least four Americans were among the nearly 300 people killed in Sunday’s attacks. Officials with the English education management company Pearson confirmed that one of the company’s Denver-based employees had also been killed in the bombings. Update 3 p.m. EDT April 22: Officials with the U.S. State Department confirmed Monday that at least four Americans were among the nearly 300 people killed in Sunday’s bombings in Sri Lanka. The department said that in addition to those killed, several others were seriously injured. Officials gave no details about the identities of the victims, citing privacy concerns. Earlier Monday, officials with the English education management company Pearson confirmed that one of the company’s Denver-based employees had been killed in the bombings. Pearson CEO John Fallon said Dieter Kowalski died shortly after arriving at his hotel in Sri Lanka for a business trip. Update 2:10 p.m. EDT April 22: President Donald Trump said he spoke Monday to Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe after a series of bomb attacks in the country. 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A motive for the bombings is still unclear, investigators said.  Update 8:46 a.m. EDT April 21: At least 207 people were killed and 450 hurt in Sunday’s attacks, The Associated Press is reporting. Officials said eight blasts targeted three churches, three hotels, a guesthouse and an area near a Dematagoda overpass, the AP reported. Authorities reportedly have arrested seven people in connection with the incidents. Update 8:07 a.m. EDT April 21: Sri Lankan officials say at least 190 people, including at least 27 foreigners and two police officers, were killed in Sunday’s attacks, The Associated Press is reporting. Seven people have been arrested in connection with the eight explosions, which rocked at least three churches and three hotels, as well as a guesthouse, officials said. Update 7:35 a.m. EDT April 21: President Donald Trump tweeted condolences to the Sri Lankan people Sunday morning. “The United States offers heartfelt condolences to the great people of Sri Lanka,” Trump tweeted. “We stand ready to help!” Update 7:19 a.m. EDT April 21: Hours after explosions at Sri Lankan churches and hotels left dozens dead and hundreds more injured, Pope Francis prayed for the victims during his annual Easter message at the Vatican. Related: Sri Lanka explosions: Pope denounces attacks during Easter blessing “I wish to express my heartfelt closeness to the Christian community (of Sri Lanka), wounded as it was gathered in prayer, and to all the victims of such cruel violence,” Francis told the crowd in St. Peter’s Square, according to Vatican News. He later added: “I entrust to the Lord all those who have tragically perished, and I pray for the injured and all those who suffer as a result of this tragic event.” Every year after leading Easter Mass, the pope delivers an “Urbi et Orbi” (“to the city and the world”) message, which addresses global issues and conflicts. Update 5:32 a.m. EDT April 21: Two more blasts have been reported in Sri Lanka. A seventh explosion hit a hotel in Dehiwala, and an eighth blast was reported in the capital, Agence France-Presse is reporting. Update 4:20 a.m. EDT April 21: At least 156 people were killed in blasts at three churches and three hotels in Sri Lanka, Agence France-Presse is reporting. The dead include 35 foreigners, officials said. Update 3:34 a.m. EDT April 21: At least 137 people were killed in blasts at three churches and three hotels in Sri Lanka, Agence France-Presse is reporting. The dead include 45 people in Colombo, 67 in Negombo and 25 in Batticaloa, officials said. At least nine of the people killed were foreigners, the news agency reported. More than 500 people were hurt in the explosions, according to The Associated Press. Original report:  Explosions hit three churches and three hotels in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, killing dozens of people and injuring nearly 300 more, news outlets are reporting. According to The Associated Press, blasts occurred Sunday morning at St. Anthony’s Shrine in Colombo, St. Sebastian’s Church in Negombo and a church in Batticaloa. Explosions also rocked the Kingsbury, Cinnamon Grand and Shangri La hotels in Colombo, the BBC reported. The Agence France-Presse news agency said 52 people died in the blasts. At least 283 people were taken to the hospital, the AP reported. Suicide bombers may have caused at least two of the church blasts, a security official told the AP.  The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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  • Aggravated by the efforts of House Democrats to continue to ask questions about the Russia investigation, President Donald Trump on Wednesday said his administration would not cooperate with those hearings in Congress, as Mr. Trump said a subpoena for testimony by his former White House Counsel was 'ridiculous,' calling on Democrats to move past Russia and on to domestic issues. 'We're fighting all the subpoenas,' the President said, casting the investigative efforts in Congress about Russia and the Mueller Report as nothing more than a political gambit by Democrats to damage his re-election chances. 'Look, these aren't impartial people,' he told reporters on the South Lawn of the White House. 'The Democrats are trying to win 2020.' Before leaving for events in Atlanta, the President again complained that Democrats were still focusing on the Russia probe, even after the release of a redacted version of the Mueller Report. 'I thought after two years, we would be finished with it,' Mr. Trump added, again declaring that the Mueller investigation found nothing. 'No collusion, no obstruction,' he said. Mr. Trump's comments came after a blitz of posts on Twitter Tuesday morning in which he denounced efforts by Democrats to further investigate Russian interference in the 2016 elections, again arguing that only Democrats deserved scrutiny. The President's Wednesday comments echoed remarks he made in an interview with the Washington Post on Tuesday night, in which he said his administration won't help Democrats with what he charged were 'partisan' hearings. On Tuesday, a former White House official defied a subpoena from a House committee to testify about security clearances granted to the President's son-in-law and other officials - despite red flags in their background checks. Tuesday also brought a second missed deadline to turn over seven years of Mr. Trump's tax returns, as the Secretary of Treasury said a final decision on the request would be made by May 6. “The president just made it clear that he is trying to stifle our investigation into his prior conduct,” said Rep. Diana DeGette (D-CO).