Title: To amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to comprehensively reform immigration law and to better protect immigrant victims of violence, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Jackson-Lee, Sheila [TX-18] (introduced 5/4/2005)
Related Bills: H.R.3188
Latest Major Action: 5/23/2005 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Health, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Chairman.
SUMMARY AS OF:
Save America Comprehensive Immigration Act of 2005 – Amends the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) to provide increased protections and eligibility for family-sponsored immigrants.
Authorizes the Secretary of Homeland Security (Secretary) to adjust the status of aliens who would otherwise be inadmissible (due to unlawful presence, document fraud, or other specified grounds of inadmissibility) if such aliens have been in the United States for at least five years and meet other requirements.
Establishes the Task Force on Fraudulent Immigration Documents.
Authorizes S (witness or informant) nonimmigrant status for aliens in possession of critical reliable information concerning commercial alien smuggling or trafficking in immigration documents.
Requires petitioners for nonimmigrant labor to describe their efforts to recruit lawful permanent residents (LPRs) or U.S. citizens.
Makes permanent an INA provision allowing adjustment of status of certain aliens for whom family-sponsored or employment-based applications or petitions were filed by a specified date.
Lessens immigration consequences for minor criminal offenses. Eliminates retroactive changes in grounds of inadmissibility and removal.
Increases the worldwide level of diversity immigrants.
Authorizes adjustment of status for certain nationals or citizens of Haiti and Liberia.
Eliminates mandatory detention in expedited removal proceedings.
Amends the Haitian Refugee Immigration Fairness Act of 1998 to: (1) waive document fraud as a ground of inadmissibility; and (2) address determinations with respect to children.
Eliminates the one-year filing requirement for asylum applicants. Includes gender persecution within the particular social group category of persecution.
Amends the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 to eliminate a provision prohibiting restrictions on the communication of immigration status information by a government entity.
Amends the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 (Welfare Reform Act) to eliminate a provision requiring an alien’s verification of eligibility for public benefits. Eliminates state authority under INA to carry out immigration functions.
Amends the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 to clarify eligibility for relief.
Amends the Violence Against Women Act of 2000 (VAWA) to apply that Act’s deportation protections for transitional relief to all VAWA petitioners.
Provides a range of immigration protections for abused aliens. Amends the Departments of Commerce, Justice, and State, the Judiciary, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 1998, to provide access to legal services for such aliens. Amends the Welfare Reform Act to make such aliens eligible for certain public benefits.
Authorizes the Attorney General to award trafficking-related law enforcement training grants to eligible entities.