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H.R. 4890 (116th): Veteran Deportation Prevention and Reform Act

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Should a non-citizen veteran who served in the U.S. military still be subject to deportation back to their country of origin?


People who are citizens of other countries can still join the U.S. military, so long as they live here both legally and permanently. More than 44,000 noncitizens joined the military between 2013 and 2018, though the rate fell sharply under the Trump Administration.

Under Trump, as the government has vastly expanded its deportation of noncitizens, how many veterans has Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) actually deported? We’re not sure, because ICE doesn’t track that data.

However, an attempted review by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) discovered 92 deported veterans. Almost all of them (90 veterans) had at least one, if not more than one, …

Sponsor and status

Mark Takano

Sponsor. Representative for California's 41st congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Oct 28, 2019
Length: 24 pages
Oct 28, 2019
116th Congress (2019–2021)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on October 28, 2019, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.

Although this bill was not enacted, its provisions could have become law by being included in another bill. It is common for legislative text to be introduced concurrently in multiple bills (called companion bills), re-introduced in subsequent sessions of Congress in new bills, or added to larger bills (sometimes called omnibus bills).


42 Cosponsors (42 Democrats)



Oct 28, 2019

Bills and resolutions are referred to committees which debate the bill before possibly sending it on to the whole chamber.

H.R. 4890 (116th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 4890. This is the one from the 116th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 116th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2019 to Jan 3, 2021. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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