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H.R. 2962 (110th): Pakistani Temporary Protected Status Act of 2007

The text of the bill below is as of Jul 10, 2007 (Introduced).


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110th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 2962

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

July 10, 2007

(for himself, Ms. Schakowsky, Ms. Jackson-Lee of Texas, Mr. Honda, Ms. Kilpatrick, and Ms. Eddie Bernice Johnson of Texas) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary

A BILL

To designate Pakistan under section 244 of the Immigration and Nationality Act to permit nationals of Pakistan to be eligible for temporary protected status under such sections.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Pakistani Temporary Protected Status Act of 2007.

2.

Findings

Congress finds the following:

(1)

On October 8, 2005, a magnitude 7.6 earthquake struck Pakistan.

(2)

In Pakistan, more than 73,000 people have been killed as a result of this earthquake.

(3)

Immediately following the earthquake, nearly 3 million people were living in tents or in the open air amid freezing temperatures, having been left homeless by the earthquake.

(4)

The earthquake damaged sanitation systems in the region, destroyed hospitals, and left many victims with no access to clean drinking water, making them more vulnerable to disease.

(5)

One year after the devastating 7.6 magnitude earthquake that killed some 80,000 people in northern Pakistan and Kashmir, more than 400,000 people were still without permanent shelter.

(6)

Temporary protected status allows aliens who do not legally qualify as refugees but are nonetheless fleeing or reluctant to return to potentially dangerous situations to temporarily remain in the United States.

(7)

Granting temporary protected status to nationals of Pakistan is consistent with the interests of the United States and promotes the values and morals that have made the United States strong.

3.

Sense of Congress

It is the sense of Congress that the extraordinary and temporary conditions caused by the earthquake in Pakistan qualifies Pakistan for designation under subparagraphs (B) or (C) of section 244(b)(1) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1254a(b)(1)), pursuant to which nationals of Pakistan would be eligible for temporary protected status in the United States.

4.

Designation for purposes of granting temporary protected status

(a)

Designation

(1)

In general

For purposes of section 244 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1254a), Pakistan shall be treated as if it had been designated under subsection (b) of such section, subject to the provisions of this section.

(2)

Period of designation

The initial period of such designation shall begin on the date of the enactment of this Act and shall remain in effect for 12 months.

(b)

Aliens eligible

In applying section 244 of such Act pursuant to the designation made under this section, subject to section 244(c)(3) of such Act, an alien who is a national of Pakistan is deemed to satisfy the requirements of section 244(c)(1) of such Act only if the alien—

(1)

has been continuously physically present in the United States since October 8, 2005;

(2)

is admissible as an immigrant, except as otherwise provided under section 244(c)(2)(A) of such Act, and is not ineligible for temporary protected status under section 244(c)(2)(B) of such Act; and

(3)

registers for temporary protected status in a manner that the Secretary of Homeland Security shall establish.

(c)

Consent To travel abroad

The Secretary of Homeland Security shall give the prior consent to travel abroad described in section 244(f)(3) of such Act to an alien who is granted temporary protected status pursuant to the designation made under this section, if the alien establishes to the satisfaction of the Secretary of Homeland Security that emergency and extenuating circumstances beyond the control of the alien require the alien to depart for a brief, temporary trip abroad. An alien returning to the United States in accordance with such an authorization shall be treated the same as any other returning alien provided temporary protected status under section 244 of such Act.