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H.R. 4293 (105th): Irish Peace Process Cultural and Training Program Act of 1998


The text of the bill below is as of Jul 21, 1998 (Introduced).


HR 4293 IH

105th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. R. 4293

To establish a cultural and training program for disadvantaged individuals from Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

July 21, 1998

Mr. WALSH (for himself, Mr. NEAL of Massachusetts, Mr. GILMAN, Mr. KING, Mr. MANTON, Mr. SCHUMER, Mr. QUINN, Mrs. MALONEY of New York, Mr. FORBES, Mr. KENNEDY of Rhode Island, Mr. KENNEDY of Massachusetts, Mrs. KELLY, Mr. MCGOVERN, Mr. ENGLISH of Pennsylvania, Mr. BORSKI, Mr. CALLAHAN, Mr. ABERCROMBIE, Mr. LEWIS of California, Mrs. MCCARTHY of New York, Mr. PASCRELL, Mr. MCDERMOTT, Mr. MARKEY, Mr. LANTOS, Mr. ENGEL, Mr. PAYNE, Mr. LAZIO of New York, Mr. PASTOR, Mrs. KENNELLY of Connecticut, Mr. MALONEY of Connecticut, and Mr. HORN) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary, and in addition to the Committee on International Relations, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned


A BILL

To establish a cultural and training program for disadvantaged individuals from Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. UNITED STATES-NORTHERN IRELAND/REPUBLIC OF IRELAND CULTURAL AND TRAINING PROGRAM.

    (a) ESTABLISHMENT-

      (1) PURPOSE- The Secretary of State, in consultation with the Secretary of Labor, shall establish a program designed to bring individuals from disadvantaged areas of Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland to the United States for the purpose of providing such individuals the experience of living and working in a multicultural society while obtaining valuable work skills and experience.

      (2) GUIDELINES- The program established under paragraph (1) shall be carried out in accordance with the following guidelines:

        (A) The program shall expose individuals who have been subjected to a war-torn, mono-cultural, sectarian environment to the diverse, cooperative, multicultural environment of the United States.

        (B) The program shall identify disadvantaged areas within Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland which require public and private sector activity to break the cycle of structural unemployment and identify individuals, including the long-term unemployed and out-of-work young adults, to participate in the program and in doing so assist in regenerating the economies of such areas.

        (C) The program shall bring individuals to the United States for a period of not more than 60 months.

        (D) The program shall encourage grassroots support for long-term peace and economic stability by providing training in peaceful coexistence and conflict resolution in addition to work skills and job experience.

        (E) The program shall promote cross-community and cross-border initiatives which expose individuals from disadvantaged areas of Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland to the business and social life of other communities.

        (F) The program shall train individuals in job skills for which there are opportunities for employment in disadvantaged areas of Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

    (b) TEMPORARY NONIMMIGRANT VISA-

      (1) IN GENERAL- Section 101(a)(15)(Q) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1101(a)(15)(Q)) is amended--

        (A) by inserting ‘(i)’ after ‘(Q)’; and

        (B) by inserting after the semicolon at the end the following: ‘or (ii) an alien having a residence in Northern Ireland or the Republic of Ireland which the alien has no intention of abandoning who is coming temporarily (for a period not to exceed 60 months) to the United States as a participant in a United States-Northern Ireland/Republic of Ireland cultural and training program approved by the Secretary of State for the purpose of providing practical training, employment, and the experience of coexistence and conflict resolution in a multicultural society, consistent with the history, culture, and traditions of the people of Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, and who will be employed under the same wages and working conditions as domestic workers.’.

      (2) WAIVER AUTHORITY- Section 212 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1182) is amended by adding after subsection (o) the following new subsection:

    ‘(p) The Attorney General, in the discretion of the Attorney General, may waive the provisions of paragraph (6)(C) and (9) of subsection (a) in the case of an alien who is applying for a nonimmigrant visa under section 101(a)(15)(Q)(ii).’.

    (c) AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS- There are authorized to be appropriated for each fiscal year such sums as may be necessary to carry out the purposes of this section. Amounts appropriated pursuant to this subsection are authorized to be available until expended.