National Day of Advocacy in D.C.
This Thursday, March 5, 2020, Santanna Law Offices spent the day with other 450 AILA members advocating for a better immigration system in Washington D.C.
Below is some pending legislation in favor of a more transparent and fair immigration system. Make sure to call your senators and reps to show support!
On 2/26/20, Representatives Tony Cárdenas (D-CA) and Steve Stivers (R-OH) introduced H.R. 5971, the Case Backlog Transparency and Accountability Act of 2020. The bill establishes new USCIS and GAO reporting requirements concerning the status and contributors to USCIS’s case backlog.
The NO BAN Act (H.R. 2214) would repeal several iterations of the travel ban and ensure that no future administration could issue similar bans that would block immigrants from entering the United States based on their religion. The House Judiciary Committee marked up and passed H.R. 2214 on 2/12/20.
The Access to Counsel Act of 2020 (H.R. 5581) guarantees access to legal counsel for people who are arriving at ports of entry and are subject to secondary or deferred inspection by CBP. The House Judiciary Committee marked up and passed H.R. 5581 on 2/12/20.
On December 5, 2019, Representative Donna Shalala (D-FL) introduced the House companion version of the Resolving Extended Limbo for Immigrant Employees and Families Act or the RELIEF Act, which would eliminate the family- and employment-based green card backlog within five years.
On 11/12/19, Representative Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), introduced the Farm Workforce Modernization Act of 2019 (H.R.5038) to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to provide for terms and conditions for nonimmigrant workers performing agricultural labor or services.
On 10/23/19, Representatives Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) and Doug Collins (R-GA) introduced the Citizenship for Children of Military Members and Civil Servants Act to ensure children born abroad to Federal Government personnel residing abroad acquire automatic U.S. citizenship.