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H.R. 1614: Destigmatizing in Immigration Act

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Should having too many white Russians be a reason to turn away foreigners, such as Russians?


An applicant for U.S. citizenship or a green card can be disqualified for failure to exhibit good moral character. 14 acts can disqualify an applicant on these grounds, including smuggling, lying under oath, and failure to support dependents.

Another act eligible for disqualification is being a “habitual drunkard.” Previously little known, this gained increased attention in recent years with the legal case of Salomon Ledezma-Cosino, an undocumented immigrant whose attempt to cancel his removal was denied by an appeals court because he was found to be an alcoholic.

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) declines about 23 percent of immigration applications, though they don’t appear to break that number down by …

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Brendan Boyle

Sponsor. Representative for Pennsylvania's 2nd congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Mar 8, 2021
Length: 4 pages
Mar 8, 2021
117th Congress (2021–2023)

Introduced on Mar 8, 2021

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5 Cosponsors (5 Democrats)

2% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)


Mar 8, 2021

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