IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
February 13, 2013
Mr. Lautenbergintroduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to theCommittee on the Judiciary
To allow certain Indonesian citizens to file a motion to reopen their asylum claims.
This Act may be cited as the
Indonesian Family Refugee Protection
Motion to reopen asylum claims
Notwithstanding subparagraphs (B)and(C) of section 208(a)(2) of the Immigration and Nationality Act(8 U.S.C. 1158(a)(2))and section 240(c)(7) of such Act(8 U.S.C. 1229a(c)(7)), and notwithstanding any other provision of law on motions to reopen removal or deportation proceedings, an alien may file 1 motion to reopen an asylum claim during the 2-year period beginning on the date of the enactment of this Act if the alien—
is a citizen of Indonesia;
entered the United States after January 1, 1997, and before November 30, 2002;
filed an application for asylum that was denied asylum based solely upon a failure to meet the 1-year application filing deadline;
is not subject to the safe third country exception under section 208(a)(2)(A) of the Immigration and Nationality Act(8 U.S.C. 1158(a)(2)(A)); and
is not subject to a bar from seeking asylum under section 208(b)(2) of the Immigration and Nationality Act(8 U.S.C. 1158(b)(2)).
Application from abroad
The motion to reopen referred to insubsection (a)may be filed in the United States or from outside the United States.
Return of applicants abroad
An alien who meets the requirements undersubsection (a)may be admitted or otherwise authorized to enter the United States solely to prosecute a motion to reopen under this section or otherwise to pursue relief under this section. Hearings pursuant to this section may be held in the United States or outside the United States, with the alien appearing in person or by video phone or similar device.
For purposes of this Act, the terms used in this Act have the meanings given such terms in section 101(a) of the Immigration and Nationality Act(8 U.S.C. 1101(a)).