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H.R. 36 (106th): Central American and Caribbean Refugee Adjustment Act of 1999


The text of the bill below is as of Jan 6, 1999 (Introduced). The bill was not enacted into law.


HR 36 IH

106th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 36

To amend the Nicaraguan Adjustment and Central American Relief Act to eliminate the requirement that spouses and children of aliens eligible for adjustment of status under such Act be nationals of Nicaragua or Cuba and to provide to nationals of El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Haiti an opportunity to apply for adjustment of status under that Act, and for other purposes.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

January 6, 1999

Mr. GUTIERREZ (for himself, Ms. WATERS, Mrs. MORELLA, Mr. BONIOR, Ms. ROYBAL-ALLARD, Ms. ROS-LEHTINEN, Mr. WYNN, Ms. EDDIE BERNICE JOHNSON of Texas, Mr. DAVIS of Illinois, Mr. MOAKLEY, Mr. OWENS, Mr. FROST, Mr. ORTIZ, Mr. PASTOR, Mr. ENGEL, Mr. MCGOVERN, Ms. LEE, Mrs. MEEK of Florida, Mr. FRANK of Massachusetts, Mr. SERRANO, Mr. TOWNS, Mr. PASCRELL, Mr. LAFALCE, Ms. WOOLSEY, Ms. NORTON, Mr. HINCHEY, Mr. LANTOS, Mr. FILNER, Mr. STARK, Mr. ROMERO-BARCELO, Mr. GEORGE MILLER of California, Mr. BRADY of Texas, Mr. BECERRA, and Mr. MENENDEZ) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary


A BILL

To amend the Nicaraguan Adjustment and Central American Relief Act to eliminate the requirement that spouses and children of aliens eligible for adjustment of status under such Act be nationals of Nicaragua or Cuba and to provide to nationals of El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Haiti an opportunity to apply for adjustment of status under that Act, and for other purposes.

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

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

    This Act may be cited as the ‘Central American and Caribbean Refugee Adjustment Act of 1999’.

SEC. 2. ELIMINATION OF NATIONALITY REQUIREMENT FOR ADJUSTMENT OF STATUS OF SPOUSES AND CHILDREN.

    Section 202(d) of the Nicaraguan Adjustment and Central American Relief Act is amended--

      (1) in paragraph (1) by striking subparagraph (A);

      (2) by redesignating subparagraphs (B), (C), (D), and (E) of paragraph (1) as subparagraphs (A), (B), (C), and (D), respectively;

      (3) in paragraph (2) by striking ‘paragraph (1)(B),’ and inserting ‘paragraph (1)(A)’.

SEC. 3. ADJUSTMENT OF STATUS FOR CERTAIN NATIONALS FROM CENTRAL AMERICA, CUBA, AND HAITI.

    Section 202 of the Nicaraguan Adjustment and Central American Relief Act (8 U.S.C. 1255 note), as amended by section 2, is further amended--

      (1) in the section heading, by striking ‘NICARAGUANS AND CUBANS.’ and inserting ‘NATIONALS FROM CENTRAL AMERICA, CUBA, AND HAITI’; and

      (2) in subsection (b)(1), by striking ‘Nicaragua or Cuba’ and inserting ‘Nicaragua, Cuba, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, or Haiti’.

SEC. 4. CONFORMING AMENDMENTS TO TRANSITION RULES.

    (a) SPECIAL RULE FOR CERTAIN ALIENS GRANTED TEMPORARY PROTECTION FROM DEPORTATION- Section 309(c)(5)(C)(i) of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 (8 U.S.C. 1101 note), as amended by section 203 of the Nicaraguan Adjustment and Central American Relief Act, is amended by striking subclauses (I) through (V) and inserting the following:

            ‘(I) is an alien who entered the United States on or before December 31, 1990, who filed an application for asylum on or before December 31, 1991, and who, at the time of filing such application, was a national of the Soviet Union, Russia, any republic of the former Soviet Union, Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania, Poland, Czechoslovakia, Rumania, Hungary, Bulgaria, Albania, East Germany, Yugoslavia, or any state of the former Yugoslavia;

            ‘(II) is the spouse or child (as defined in section 101(b)(1) of the Immigration and Nationality Act) of an individual, at the time a decision is rendered to suspend the deportation, or cancel the removal, of such individual, if the individual has been determined to be described in subclause (I); or

            ‘(III) is the unmarried son or daughter of an alien parent, at the time a decision is rendered to suspend the deportation, or cancel the removal, of such alien parent, if--

‘(aa) the alien parent has been determined to be described in this subclause (I); and

‘(bb) in the case of a son or daughter who is 21 years of age or older at the time such decision is rendered, the son or daughter entered the United States on or before October 1, 1990.’.

    (b) TEMPORARY REDUCTION IN DIVERSITY VISAS- Section 203(d) of the Nicaraguan Adjustment and Central American Relief Act (8 U.S.C. 1151 note) is amended by striking ‘subclauses (I), (II), (III), and (IV)’ and inserting ‘subclauses (II) and (III)’.