IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
February 9, 2023
Mr. Cruz (for himself, Mr. Cramer, Mr. Rubio, Mr. Schmitt, Mr. Braun, Mrs. Blackburn, and Mr. Tuberville) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary
To amend section 212 of the Immigration and Nationality Act to ensure that efforts to engage in espionage or technology transfer are considered in visa issuance, and for other purposes.
This Act may be cited as the
Protecting America From Spies Act.
Expanding inadmissibility on security and related grounds
Section 212(a)(3)(A) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1182(a)(3)(A)) is amended to read as follows:
Any alien is inadmissible if a consular officer or the Secretary of Homeland Security knows, or has reasonable ground to believe, that the alien—
engages, has engaged, or will engage in any activity—
in violation of any law of the United States relating to espionage or sabotage; or
that would violate any law of the United States relating to espionage or sabotage if the activity occurred in the United States;
engages, has engaged, or will engage in any activity in violation or evasion of any law prohibiting the export from the United States of goods, technology, or sensitive information;
seeks to enter the United States to engage solely, principally, or incidentally in any other unlawful activity;
seeks to enter the United States to engage solely, principally, or incidentally in any activity a purpose of which is the opposition to, or the control or overthrow of, the Government of the United States by force, violence, or other unlawful means; or
is the spouse or child of an alien who is inadmissible under this subparagraph, if the activity causing the alien to be found inadmissible occurred within the last 5 years.
Section 212(d)(3)(A) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1182(d)(3)(A)) is amended by striking
(other than paragraphs (3)(A)(i)(I), (3)(A)(ii), (3)(A)(iii), (3)(C), and clauses (i) and (ii) of paragraph (3)(E) of such subsection) each place such phrase appears and inserting
(other than subparagraphs (A)(i)(I), (A)(ii), (A)(iii), (A)(iv), (C), (E)(i), and (E)(ii) of paragraph (3) of such subsection).