IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
January 10, 2019
Mr. Portman (for himself and Mr. Moran) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Appropriations
To provide deferred action for certain individuals brought to the United States and to establish a border security trust fund, and for other purposes.
In this Act:
The term eligible individual means an individual who meets the eligibility criteria described in section 2(b).
The term Secretary means the Secretary of Homeland Security.
Deferred action for certain childhood arrivals
The Secretary shall establish a program through which an eligible individual may apply for deferred action status.
An individual shall be eligible for deferred action status under the program established under subsection (a) if the individual—
on June 15, 2012, was under the age of 31 years;
entered the United States—
on a date on which the alien was under the age of 16 years; and
without inspection or lawful status before June 15, 2012;
has continuously resided in the United States since June 15, 2007;
was physically present in the United States—
on June 15, 2012; and
on the date on which the Secretary makes a determination with respect to the eligibility of the individual for deferred action status;
is in school;
graduated from high school; or
a certificate of completion from a high school; or
a general education development certificate; or
a member of the Armed Forces (as defined in section 101(a) of title 10, United States Code), including a member of the National Guard or Reserves; or
a veteran, as defined in section 101 of title 38, United States Code, except that an individual discharged other than honorably is excluded;
has not been convicted of—
a significant misdemeanor; or
3 or more misdemeanor offenses;
does not pose a threat to national security or public safety; and
was granted deferred action status before the date of the enactment of this Act.
Period of deferred action status
Subject to paragraph (2), deferred action status granted under this section shall be valid for a period of 2 years beginning on the date on which the Secretary grants deferred action status to the eligible individual.
On application to the Secretary, deferred action status granted under this section may be renewed for additional 2-year periods.
Not more than 120 days before the date on which the deferred action status of an eligible individual expires, the eligible individual may submit to the Secretary an application for renewal of deferred action status.
Border security trust fund
There is established in the Treasury of the United States a trust fund to be known as the Border Security Trust Fund (in this section referred to as the
Trust Fund), consisting of amounts appropriated to the Trust Fund under subsection (b) and any amounts that may be credited to the Trust Fund under subsection (c).
There is appropriated to the Trust Fund $25,000,000,000, to remain available until expended.
Investment of amounts
The Secretary of the Treasury shall invest such portion of the Trust Fund as is not required to meet current withdrawals in interest-bearing obligations of the United States or in obligations guaranteed as to both principal and interest by the United States.
Interest and proceeds
The interest on, and the proceeds from the sale or redemption of, any obligations held in the Trust Fund shall be credited to and form a part of the Trust Fund.
Availability of amounts
Amounts in the Trust Fund shall be available to the Secretary without further appropriation, for—
construction of not fewer than 700 miles of reinforced fencing, excluding vehicle barriers;
installation of additional physical barriers;
construction and maintenance of access and patrol roads;
an interlocking surveillance camera system;
remote sensors; and
the purchase from the Secretary of Defense of surplus aircraft and unmanned aircraft systems.
Annual report on border security
Not less frequently than once each fiscal year, the Secretary shall submit annually to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs of the Senate and the Committee on Homeland Security of the House of Representatives a report that describes for the applicable fiscal year—
the status of the construction of fencing and security improvements at United States borders; and
the estimated number of unlawful border crossings.