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H.R. 588 (111th): 10k Run for the Border Act

The text of the bill below is as of Jan 15, 2009 (Introduced).


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111th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 588

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

January 15, 2009

introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary

A BILL

To amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to increase penalties for employing illegal aliens.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the 10k Run for the Border Act.

2.

Increase in penalties for employing illegal aliens

(a)

In general

Section 274A(e)(4)(A) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1324a(e)(4)(A)) is amended—

(1)

in clause (i), by striking $250 and not more than $2,000 and inserting $10,000 and not more than $80,000;

(2)

in clause (ii), by striking $2,000 and not more than $5,000 and inserting $80,000 and not more than $200,000; and

(3)

in clause (iii), by striking $3,000 and not more than $10,000 and inserting $120,000 and not more than $1,600,000.

(b)

Use of additional penalty funds

Notwithstanding any other provision of law, of the additional amounts of fines paid under section 274A(e)(4)(A) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1324a(e)(4)(A)) by one or more employers and that are attributable to the amendments made by subsection (a)—

(1)

if State or local law enforcement officials have provided material assistance in the investigation or prosecution of cases of such employers that resulted in such fines—

(A)

80 percent shall be paid, in a manner specified by the Secretary of Homeland Security, to the State or local State law enforcement agencies which employed such individuals; and

(B)

20 percent shall be used by the Secretary to cover costs of detention of illegal aliens; and

(2)

if paragraph (1) does not apply—

(A)

80 percent shall be paid to States (and political subdivisions of States) under the State Criminal Alien Assistance Program under section 241(i) of such Act (8 U.S.C. 1251(i)) for purposes of reimbursing those States and political subdivisions for costs of incarceration of undocumented criminal aliens; and

(B)

20 percent shall be used by the Secretary to cover costs of detention of illegal aliens in Federal facilities.

(c)

Effective date

The amendments made by subsection (a) shall apply to violations occurring on or after the date of the enactment of this Act.