H. R. 5207
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
March 7, 2018
Ms. McSally (for herself, Mr. Gallagher, Mr. Higgins of Louisiana, and Mr. McCaul) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Homeland Security
To amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to establish the immigration advisory program, and for other purposes.
This Act may be cited as the
Immigration Advisory Program Authorization Act of 2018 or the
IAP Authorization Act of 2018.
Authorization of the immigration advisory program
Subtitle B of title IV of the Homeland Security Act of 2002 (6 U.S.C. 211 et seq.) is amended by adding at the end the following new section:
Immigration advisory program
There is authorized within U.S. Customs and Border Protection an immigration advisory program (in this section referred to as the
program) for U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers, pursuant to an agreement with a host country, to assist air carriers and security employees at foreign airports with review of traveler information during the processing of flights bound for the United States.
In carrying out the program, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers may—
be present during processing of flights bound for the United States;
assist air carriers and security employees with document examination and traveler security assessments;
provide relevant training to air carriers, security employees, and host-country authorities;
analyze electronic passenger information and passenger reservation data to identify potential threats;
engage air carriers and travelers to confirm potential terrorist watchlist matches;
make recommendations to air carriers to deny potentially inadmissable passengers boarding flights bound for the United States; and
conduct other activities to secure flights bound for the United States, as directed by the Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
In this section, the terms
air carrier and
foreign air carrier have the meanings given such terms in section 40102 of title 49, United States Code.
Subsection (c) of section 411 of the Homeland Security Act of 2002 (6 U.S.C. 211) is amended—
in paragraph (18), by striking
and after the semicolon at the end;
by redesignating paragraph (19) as paragraph (20); and
by inserting after paragraph (18) the following new paragraph:
carry out section 419, relating to the immigration advisory program; and
The table of contents in section 1(b) of the Homeland Security Act of 2002 is amended by inserting after the item relating to section 418 the following new item:
Sec. 419. Immigration advisory program.