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S. 643: BE SAFE Act

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


II

116th CONGRESS

1st Session

S. 643

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

March 4, 2019

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

A BILL

To require all new legal permanent residents to pay an additional fee, which shall be used for improving immigration and enhancing the security of the United States border.

1.

Short titles

This Act may be cited as the Border Enforcement, Security, And Funding Enhancement Act or the BE SAFE Act.

2.

Immigration improvements and border security enhancements

(a)

Fee authorized

Beginning on the date of the enactment of this Act, each alien granted lawful permanent residence in the United States, before the alien is issued a Permanent Resident Card (commonly referred to as the Green Card), shall remit to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, in addition to any fees otherwise required, a fee in an amount equal to $2,500.

(b)

Border Security Enhancement Fund

(1)

Establishment

There is established in the general fund of the Treasury a separate account, which shall be known as the Border Security Enhancement Fund (referred to in this subsection as the Fund).

(2)

Deposits

All fees remitted to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services pursuant to subsection (a) shall be deposited into the Fund.

(3)

Use of funds

The President may use amounts from the Fund to facilitate the enforcement of the immigration laws of the United States and to improve immigration-related governmental processes, including by—

(A)

constructing border barriers, border fencing, or a border wall along the United States border;

(B)

carrying out enforcement, detention, and removal operations for priority removable aliens;

(C)

disrupting illegal cross border trafficking activity, including human trafficking and the movement of opioids and other narcotics;

(D)

improving facilities and trade and travel infrastructure at ports of entry and border crossings;

(E)

reducing visa overstays;

(F)

verifying the status of all alien students in the United States who have been issued student visas;

(G)

regularly assessing individuals who have been granted asylum or have been admitted as refugees for indications of terrorism;

(H)

expanding trusted traveler programs;

(I)

reducing the immigration court backlog; and

(J)

deploying a complete biometric entry-exit control system in accordance with section 110 of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 (division C of Public Law 104–208; 8 U.S.C. 1221 note).