Immigration

H.R.997 – English Language Unity Act of 2017

Short Titles as Introduced:

English Language Unity Act of 2017

Official Title as Introduced:

To declare English as the official language of the United States, to establish a uniform English language rule for naturalization, and to avoid misconstructions of the English language texts of the laws of the United States, pursuant to Congress’ powers to provide for the general welfare of the United States and to establish a uniform rule of naturalization under article I, section 8, of the Constitution.

Introduced in House (02/09/2017)

English Language Unity Act of 2017

This bilil establishes English as the official language of the United States.

Naturalization ceremonies and official functions of the U.S. government, subject to exceptions, must be conducted in English.

The bill declares that all citizens should be able to read and understand generally the English language text of U.S. laws.

A person injured by a violation of this bill may obtain relief, including a declaratory judgment, in a civil action.

English language requirements and workplace policies, whether in the public or private sector, shall be presumptively consistent with U.S. laws. Any ambiguity in U.S. laws shall be resolved in accordance with the rights retained by the people and the powers reserved to states under the Bill of Rights.

The Department of Homeland Security shall issue a proposed rule for uniform testing of the English language ability of candidates for naturalization based upon the principles that: (1) all citizens should be able to read and understand generally the English language text of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the laws of the United States; and (2) any exceptions to this standard should be limited to extraordinary circumstances, such as asylum.

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Immigration

H.R.735 – USA Values Act of 2017

Short Titles as Introduced:

USA Values Act of 2017
Universal Security of American Values Act of 2017

Official Title as Introduced:

To prohibit the enforcement of certain executive orders.

Summary:

Introduced in House (01/30/2017)

Universal Security of American Values Act of 2017 or the USA Values Act of 2017

This bill prohibits enforcement of any executive order that would be in direct violation of an existing executive order, public law, or fully executed regulatory agency process as it relates to:

  • Fourth Amendment due process;
  • Fourteenth Amendment protections of citizenship rights;
  • the Immigration and Nationality Act;
  • laws intended to protect the civil liberties, civil rights, or human rights of persons lawfully admitted into the United States or natural born or naturalized U.S. citizens; or
  • the impact on individuals based upon race, religion, ethnicity, place of birth or residence, gender, sexual orientation and identity, age, or statuses that pose no undue health threat to the general population.

No amounts made available to any federal agency may be used to implement or enforce any of the policy changes set forth in Executive Order 13769, entitled “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States.” Among the order’s major provisions are restrictions on the entry of immigrants and nonimmigrants from seven countries (Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen) and additional limitations on refugee admissions to the United States.

Immigration

H.R.748 – Safeguarding Sanctuary Cities Act of 2017

Short Titles as Introduced:

Safeguarding Sanctuary Cities Act of 2017

Official Title as Introduced:

To protect any State or local authority that limits or restricts compliance with an immigration detainer request remains eligible for grants and appropriated funds.

Introduced in House (01/30/2017)

Safeguarding Sanctuary Cities Act of 2017

This bill prohibits reducing or withholding federal financial assistance that a state or local government would otherwise receive because such state or local government has in place any policy that limits or restricts compliance with a detainer.

A “detainer” is defined as any order or request by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for a state or local official to:

  • temporarily hold a person until such person may be taken into federal custody,
  • transport such a person for transfer to federal custody, or
  • notify DHS prior to releasing such person.

Immigration

H.R.722 – No Funds for Unconstitutional Executive Orders Act

Official Title as Introduced:

To prohibit the use of Federal funds to implement, administer, or enforce the Executive order entitled “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States” signed by President Donald J. Trump on January 27, 2017.

Summary:

“This bill prohibits any federal agency funds, resources, or fees from being used to carry out any of the policy changes set forth in the executive order entitled “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States,” signed by President Donald J. Trump on January 27, 2017.”