H. R. 4760, Securing America’s Future Act of 2018.

This bill amends the Immigration and Nationality Act to revise immigrant visa allocation provisions, including family-related visas. A nonimmigrant classification for parents of adult U.S. citizens is created.

The diversity visa program is eliminated.

Annual immigration levels are revised.

The limit on the worldwide level of employment-based immigrants is increased.

The H-2C visa temporary agricultural worker program is revised. A trust fund is established to provide incentives for such workers to return to their country of origin.

DNA testing to establish family relationships is authorized.

Employment eligibility verification provisions are revised. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) shall establish an employment verification system.

No federal, state, or local government entity or individual may prohibit or restrict a federal, state, or local government entity or official from complying with the immigration laws or assisting related federal law enforcement activities.

The bill revises provisions regarding: (1) detention of aliens in removal proceedings; (2) illegal entry and reentry; (3) inadmissibility and deportability of criminal aliens, gang members, drunk drivers, and sex offenders; (4) repatriation; (5) asylum and asylum fraud; (6) unaccompanied alien children; (7) foreign students; and (8) visa fraud.

The bill: (1) transfers authority for strengthening the southern border from the Department of Justice to DHS; (2) revises border security provisions; (3) provides for additional border security personnel; (4) authorizes new ports of entry along the northern border and southern borders; (5) authorizes National Guard border security activities; (6) provides contingent nonimmigrant status for certain aliens who entered the United States as minors; (7) authorizes appropriations for specified border barriers and infrastructure; and (8) establishes Operation Stonegarden to make border security grants to law enforcement agencies.

DHS shall: (1) submit a southern border threat analysis, (2) establish the Integrated Border Enforcement Team program, (3) implement the Border Security Deployment Program, (4) review social media activities of visa applicants, and (5) establish a biometric exit data system.

NOTE:  Although this bill failed to pass in the House, we regard Jason Lewis’s support of it as a notable vote against progressive values.

Why This Bill Is Against Our Values:

(Source: Key points; The National Immigration Forum).

  • Fails to provide Dreamers a permanent solution,
  • Harms the economy by significantly cutting legal immigration,
  • Imposes E-Verify on all employers and employees,
  • Creates overly harsh penalties by criminalizing unlawful presence,
  • Increases expensive border security measures,
  • Diminishes humanitarian protections.

“Republicans are essentially asking Democrats to trade the legalization of 700,000 unauthorized immigrants for the criminalization of all others, banning 2.6 million legal immigrants over the next decade, the elimination of almost all family sponsorship preference categories and the diversity visa lottery, deporting tens of thousands of asylum seekers, huge increases in border security spending, a massive new regulatory program that applies to every employee and employer in the country (“E-Verify”), and so much else. This bill has no chance of becoming law, but it is a remarkable illustration of how far apart the parties are on this issue.” (Source: CATO Institute)

“The U.S. Chamber of Commerce strongly opposes H.R. 4760, the “Securing America’s Future Act of 2018,” because it is a fundamentally flawed approach to dealing with problems caused by the rescission of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Should this legislation be considered by the full House, the Chamber would consider including votes on it in our How They Voted scorecard.” (Source: U.S. Chamber of Commerce)

“We write on behalf of the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda (NHLA), a coalition of the leading national Latino nonpartisan civil rights and advocacy organizations, to express our strong opposition to H.R. 4760, Securing America’s Future Act. This legislation does not represent the values and needs of the Latino community, and should be rejected outright as a dog-whistle aimed at torpedoing an achievable and necessary legislative goal to provide relief for what is a small portion of the undocumented population.” (Source: National Hispanic Leadership Agenda)

“As 78 religious leaders and faith-based organizations from many traditions, we write today in strongopposition to the Securing America’s Future Act (H.R. 4760). We urge you instead, support the Dream Act or other bipartisan proposals that provide a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers while upholding the value of family unity. We are heartbroken that immigrant youth are at risk of deportation due toCongress’s failure to act. Every day that passes without a solution Dreamers lose their status and their ability to live, work, and attend school without fear of detention and deportation. Now is the time for immediate and compassionate bipartisan action that provides these aspiring Americans stability and opportunity.” (Source: Various Faith Leaders)

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