H.R.1470 - Restoring Respect for Immigrant Service in Uniform Act

Shown Here: Introduced in House (03/09/2017) Restoring Respect for Immigrant Service in Uniform Act This bill expresses the sense of Congress that the Department of Homeland Security should exercise its discretion (including through the use of exceptions to inadmissibility based upon family reunification, humanitarian, or public benefit grounds, temporary waiver of inadmissibility, or consent to reapply for admission) to admit to the United States an alien who is inadmissible, was previously subject to an order of removal or has been removed, is outside of the United States, and is seeking U.S. admission, if such alien: has been a member of the Armed Forces for at least 180 days and has not received an other-than honorable discharge; has not been convicted of a felony, a significant misdemeanor, or three or more misdemeanors that are not significant misdemeanors and that each occurred on a different date and arose out of separate conduct; and is not otherwise a threat to national security or public safety. The Immigration and Nationality Act is amended to exempt from deportation an alien who has been a member of the Armed Forces for at least 180 days and has not received an other-than honorable discharge, except in the case of an alien who: has been convicted of a felony, a significant misdemeanor, or three or more misdemeanors that are not significant misdemeanors and that each occurred on a different date and arose out of separate conduct; and is otherwise a threat to national security or public safety. "Significant misdemeanor" means a misdemeanor: (1) that is a crime of domestic violence, (2) that is a sexual assault, (3) that involved the unlawful possession of a firearm, or (4) for which the alien was sentenced to prison for more than 90 days. Continue reading

Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher Proposes Legal Assistance Fund for Deported Military Veterans

AB 386 Would Provide Legal Aid to Deported Veterans Seeking Reentry to the Country They Served SACRAMENTO – (Thursday, February 9th, 2017) – California State Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher (D-San Diego) today introduced Assembly Bill 386 to provide legal representation to foreign-born U.S. military veterans who have been deported under federal immigration law. AB 386 would create the Veteran Reentry Assistance Fund to receive both private funding as well as money budgeted by the Legislature to contract with qualified non-profit legal service organizations to provide legal services to deported veterans who are seeking reentry to the nation they served. “These men and women have fought for our country, only to be tossed aside by the very government they served, and that’s offensive to me as a American and as the wife of a veteran” Assemblywoman Gonzalez Fletcher said. “These veterans deserve a chance to plea their case in immigration court.” A recent report by the American Civil Liberties Association (ACLU) of California titled Discharged, then Discarded highlighted the federal government’s cruel policy of deporting immigrant veterans for minor, misdemeanor offenses, such as possession of marijuana. Continue reading