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S. 1040: Immigrant Veterans Eligibility Tracking System Act


The text of the bill below is as of Apr 4, 2019 (Introduced).


II

116th CONGRESS

1st Session

S. 1040

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

April 4, 2019

(for herself, Ms. Cortez Masto, Ms. Hirono, Mr. Blumenthal, Mr. Wyden, Mr. Merkley, and Mrs. Gillibrand) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary

A BILL

To require the Secretary of Homeland Security to identify each alien who is serving, or has served, in the Armed Forces of the United States on the application of any such alien for an immigration benefit or the placement of any such alien in an immigration enforcement proceeding, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Immigrant Veterans Eligibility Tracking System Act or the I–VETS Act.

2.

Identifying aliens connected to the Armed Forces

(a)

In general

On the application by an alien for an immigration benefit or the placement of an alien in an immigration enforcement proceeding, the Secretary of Homeland Security shall—

(1)

determine whether the alien is serving, or has served, as a member of—

(A)

a regular or reserve component of the Armed Forces of the United States on active duty; or

(B)

a reserve component of the Armed Forces in an active status; and

(2)

with respect to the immigration and naturalization records of the Department of Homeland Security relating to an alien who is serving, or has served, as a member of the Armed Forces described in paragraph (1), annotate such records—

(A)

to reflect that membership; and

(B)

to afford an opportunity to track the outcomes for each such alien.

(b)

Prohibition on use of information for removal

Information gathered under subsection (a) may not be used for the purpose of removing an alien from the United States.