House Passes Anti-Immigration Legislation

Last week the House of Representatives debated and voted to pass H.R. 10, a bill that includes many anti-immigration amendments. The bill, which passed by a broad margin contains provisions that will make immigration more difficult.

These provisions include the following:

A major expansion of expedited removal;
More limitations for asylum eligibility;
A ban on accepting consular identification cards;
Limitations on issuing driver’s licenses to noncitizens;
Removal of habeas review for many final removal orders;
New mandatory detention provisions;
Elimination of temporary stays prior to judicial review of removal orders; and
Giving the USCIS the authorization to remove people to countries without functioning governments.

The differences between this bill and a bi-partisan Senate bill will next need to be resolved prior to further action.

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