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H.R. 8119: Asylum Claims Improvement Act of 2022

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If you’ve committed a crime, “affluenza” probably doesn’t count as a valid mental health condition.


For people fleeing their home country, the U.S. offers protection under two statuses: refugees and asylum seekers. A refugee is granted their status while still located outside the U.S., giving them permission to relocate, while asylum is granted after already having entered the U.S. or while seeking admission at a port of entry.

In 2019, the last full pre-pandemic year, the U.S. accepted 30,000 refugees and approved 46,203 asylum grants. The most common nations of origin were the Democratic Republic of Congo, Burma, Ukraine (and this was before Russia’s 2022 invasion), Eritrea, Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq, and Sudan.

Federal law says that asylum can’t be granted to an asylum seeker if they have …

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Troy Nehls

Sponsor. Representative for Texas's 22nd congressional district. Republican.

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Last Updated: Jun 16, 2022
Length: 2 pages
Jun 16, 2022
117th Congress (2021–2023)

Introduced on Jun 16, 2022

This bill is in the first stage of the legislative process. It was introduced into Congress on June 16, 2022. It will typically be considered by committee next before it is possibly sent on to the House or Senate as a whole.

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10 Cosponsors (10 Republicans)

1% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)


Jun 16, 2022

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H.R. 8119 is a bill in the United States Congress.

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Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 8119. This is the one from the 117th Congress.

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