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H.R. 364 (116th): SAFER Act of 2019

The text of the bill below is as of Jan 9, 2019 (Introduced). The bill was not enacted into law.



1st Session

H. R. 364


January 9, 2019

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


To provide for additional security requirements for Syrian and Iraqi refugees, and for other purposes.


Short title

This Act may be cited as the Secure Accountability for Emigres and Refugees Act of 2019 or the SAFER Act of 2019.


Security requirements for Syrian and Iraqi refugees


In general

Prior to admitting to the United States as a refugee under section 207 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1157) a covered alien, the Secretary of Homeland Security, in coordination with the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Director of National Intelligence, shall ensure that the covered alien—


has taken and passed a lie detector test, as determined by the Secretary;


has submitted to the Secretary biometric identification information, including DNA, which the Secretary has compared against all relevant databases and determined that the covered alien has no known history of engaging in terrorist activity (as such term is defined in section 212(a)(3)(B)(iv) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1182(a)(3)(B)(iv))); and


does not pose a threat to the national security of the United States based on a background check that the Secretary conducts, which includes a review of the covered alien’s interactions on and posting of material to the Internet (including social media services), and for purposes of which, the alien has submitted to the Secretary such information as the Secretary determines necessary.


Covered alien

The term covered alien means an alien applying for admission to the United States as a refugee who—


is a national of Iraq or Syria;


has no nationality and whose last habitual residence was in Iraq or Syria; or


has been present in Iraq or Syria at any time on or after March 1, 2011.



This Act shall cease to have effect on the date that is 10 years after the date of the enactment of this Act.