Top 12 US Migration-Related Bills for 2017-2018 of the Trump Congress

Remember President Trump's campaign pledge on immigration? We've compiled 12 of the visa and immigration-related bills considered as introduced by duty-bound Republicans (and some well-meaning Democrats). Sources from the U.S. Library of Congress may be found at the bottom of this page.


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Top 12 US Migration-Related Bills for 2017-2018 of the Trump Congress
Written by Crispin Aranda. with contributions from Jennifer Aranda.
Updated March 6, 2017 | United States of America

Since 1886 to 2010, the Statue of Liberty had symbolized the aspiration of immigrants coming to the United States - first from Europe, then Asia and all over the world - to have their piece of the American dream, one that had been within reach especially when the first Black American President occupied the White House.

The flame from the torch that Lady Liberty holds became the iconic symbol of the American Dream, a beacon of hope for those are seeking opportunities for prosperity and “success, respect for individual rights, and equality.”

Is it time to let go of your dream to live in the country and instead follow the path to other shores that welcome and value your worth as an immigrant?

We at IVC certainly don't recommend so. However, we believe that you should be prepared and know what MIGHT happen with US legislature so you can plan accordingly.

We curated 12 bills that have already been read in the U.S. Congress. Based on the number, content and direction of  bills filed by the Republican-dominated Congress of President Donald J. Trump.

While most of the Duty-Dozen bills are restrictive in nature, a few are actually family-sponsored friendly and in the case of employment-based immigrants – a remarkable Trump triumph - if passed.

Here are the Trump Congress’ Duty-Dozen bills.

1. S.232 - 115th Congress (2017-2018).  This bill seeks to terminate the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program.

The program is administered by the USCIS for entrepreneurs and their eligible family members to apply for permanent residency if they meet capital investment and job creation requirements.  If passed in its entirety, the employment creation visas will be reallocated to other employment-based visa classifications.

Additional information:

  • Sponsor:  Sen. Dianne Feinstein, Democrat, CA
  • Co-sponsor:  Sen. Chuck Grassley, Republican, Iowa on 24-Jan-2017
  • Current status:  Introduced on 24-Jan-2017; read twice; referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.

2. H.R.1125 - 115th Congress (2017-2018) VISA Act of 2017.  This bill seeks to implement advanced analytics software and other methods for "additional background checks and other screening requirements for the approval"* of a petition or a visa application.

If passed in its' entirety this bill will, among others, allow the following:

  • Monitoring of applicants' social media accounts and services, in-depth consular interviews, require full English translations of documents submitted in a foreign language
  • Use the same software as an aid to detecting fraud and ensuring that applicants in the following categories are not threats to U.S. national security:
    • Self-petitions under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA);
    • Fiance(e) applications or petitions (K visas);
    • Special immigrant juvenile;
    • Victims of criminal activity, under U visas;
    • Special immigrant religious worker;
    • Political asylum applicants;
    • Refugees applying for adjustment of status as permanent residents;
    • The following class of aliens who are not subject to direct numerical limitations:
      • With temporary residence as they have been continuously and unlawfully present in the United States since 1982 and who are now applying for permanent residency;
      • Those granted status under the special agricultural worker (SAW) program;
      • Individuals who are applying to cancel the removal process as they have been physically, albeit unlawfully, present in the United States for at least 10 years;
      • Individuals who entered and remained in the United States before 1-July-1924 or 1-January-1972.
  • Assignment of personnel of the Department of Homeland Security to consular posts.

Additional information:

3H.R.1129 - 115th Congress (2017-2018) Student Visa Security Improvement Act.  This bill seeks to require the Secretary of Homeland Security (or DHS) to strengthen student visa background checks and improve the monitoring of foreign students in the United States, and for other purposes.  It also lays the groundwork for additional areas of cooperation between the Department of State (or DOS) and the DHS. 

If this bill is passed in its entirety:

  • Additional protocol will be implemented regarding the review of all applicants for F, J and M visa classifications to ensure that successful applicants will not be threats to national security due to terrorist activities;
  • Students and exchange visitors will be monitored and observed more closely to ensure that they keep to the conditions of their visas. Changes in the applicants' study or training will be reported immediately;
  • Access by the DHS to the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (or SEVIS) will be allowed;
  • Penalties will be levied on academic institutions found to engage in criminal activities or are a threat to national security.

Additional Information: 

4. H.R.643 - 115th Congress (2017-2018) Visa Overstay Enforcement Act of 2017.  This bill seeks to penalize aliens who stay in the United States beyond the validity of their visas.   Being out of status will then be considered a criminal act.

If approved in its entirety, penalties may be waived for overstaying due to medical necessity, public safety, or national security.  Penalties will be doled out as follows:

  • First offenders
    • A fine or imprisonment for up to 6 months or both plus;
    • Being barred from admission into the United States for 5 years or not be granted a visa for 10 years.
  • Repeat offenders
    • A fine or imprisonment of up to two years shall be levied for any subsequent overstay;
    • Permanent bar from entering the United States.

Additional information:

5. S.180 - 115th Congress (2017-2018) H-1B and L-1 Visa Reform Act of 2017.  This bill seeks to amend sections of the US Immigration and Nationality Act concerning H-1B (specialty occupation) and L-1 (intracompany transferees) nonimmigrant visa categories. 

If passed in its entirety, the bill seeks to implement the following changes among others:

  • Revise employer requirements to sponsor H-1B foreign workers;
  • Prioritize aliens who possess an advanced degree in the fields of science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM courses) from a U.S. academic institution of higher education;
  • Revise requirements of H-1B petition beneficiaries.  Work experience as an equivalent to completion of a degree will be eliminated. Preference will be given to applicants who have completed a U.S. degree or its foreign degree equivalent; 
  • Levy a labor condition application fee;
  • H-1B employers may be compelled to carry out contractual obligations. Penalties may be imposed on employers of both H-1B and L-1 workers who displace a U.S. worker or violates certain H-1B requirements;
  • Authorized admission for an H-1B holder will be reduced to  years (from 6).  A 3-year extension may be available only for aliens with advanced degrees, demonstrate extraordinary ability or professors;
  • Create provisions for investigations for H-1B and L-1 employers and H-1B compliance audits;
  • The DHS will assume responsibility for L-1 visa blanket petitions instead of the Department of Justice (or DOJ).

Additional information:

  • Sponsor:  Sen. Chuck Grassley, Republican, Iowa
  • Co-sponsors:  Sen. Richard J. Durbin, Democrat Illinois on 20-Jan-2017; Sen. Sherrod Brown, Democrat Ohio on 20-Jan-2017; Sen. Richard Blumenthal, Democrat Connecticut on 20-Jan-2017
  • Current status:  Introduced on 20-January-2017; on 20-Jan-2018 read twice and referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary by the Senate.

6. H.R.178 - 115th Congress (2017-2018) Religious Worker Visa Reciprocity Act of 2017. This bill seeks reciprocal immigration treatment for the United States from some countries of certain immigrant religious workers.  

Additional information:

7. S.281  - 115th Congress (2017-2018) Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act of 2017.  This bills seeks to eliminate numerical limitation for employment-based immigrants per country while increasing the numerical limitation for family-sponsored immigrants. 

If passed in its entirety, this bill seeks to remove numerical limitations per country for employment-based immigrants over a three-year peiod while increasing the number of family-based sponsored applicants and implement new protocol to prevent unused visas.  

Additional information:

8H.R.392 - 115th Congress (2017-2018) Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act of 2017. The House version would also eliminate the per-country numerical limitation for employment-based immigrants, and increase the per-country numerical limitation for family-sponsored immigrants from 7 to 15 percent of worldwide total.

Additional information:

  • Sponsor: Rep. Jason Chaffetz, Republican Utah 3rd Congressional District. 
  • Co-sponsors: Rep. Mike Bishop, Republican Michigan 8th Congressional District on 10-Jan-2017; Rep. Steve Cohen, Democrat Tennessee 9th Congressional District on 10-Jan-2017;  Rep. Barbara Comstock Republican Virginia 10th Congressional District on 10-Jan-2017; Rep. Gerald E. Connolly, Democrat Virginia 11th Congressional District on 10-Jan-2017; Rep. Joe Courtney, Democrat Connecticut 2nd Congressional District on 10-Jan-2017;  Rep. Cummings, Elijah E. Democrat Maryland 7th Congressional District on 10-Jan-2017; Rep. Deutch, Theodore E. Democrat Florida 22nd Congressional District on 10-Jan-2017; Rep. Farenthold, Blake Republican Texas 27th Congressional District on 10-Jan-2017; Rep. Kelly, Robin L. Democrat Illinois 2nd Congressional District on 10-Jan-2017;  Rep. Langevin, James R. Democrat Rhode Island 2nd Congressional District on 10-Jan-2017;  Rep. Love, Mia B. Republican Utah 4th Congressional District on 10-Jan-2017;  Rep. Meng, Grace Democrat New York 6th Congressional District on 10-Jan-2017;
    Rep. O'Rourke, Beto Democrat Texas 16th Congressional District on 10-Jan-2017;  Rep. Paulsen, Erik Republican Minnesota 3rd Congressional District on 10-Jan-2017;  Rep. Pearce, Stevan Republican New Mexico 2nd Congressional District on 10-Jan-2017;  Rep. Quigley, Mike Democrat Illinois 5th Congressional District on 10-Jan-2017;  Rep. Ryan, Tim Democrat Ohio 13th Congressional District on 10-Jan-2017;  Rep. Slaughter, Louise McIntosh Democrat New York 25th Congressional District on 10-Jan-2017;  Rep. Stefanik, Elise M. Republican New York 21st Congressional District on 10-Jan-2017;  Rep. Stewart, Chris Republican Utah 2nd Congressional District on 10-Jan-2017;  Rep. Swalwell, Eric Democrat California 15th Congressional District on 10-Jan-2017;  Rep. Takano, Mark Democrat California 41st Congressional District on 10-Jan-2017;  Rep. Wagner, Ann Republican Missouri 2nd Congressional District on 10-Jan-2017;  Rep. Walz, Timothy J. Democrat Minnesota 1st Congressional District on 10-Jan-2017;  Rep. Yarmuth, John A. Democrat Kentucky 3rd Congressional District on 10-Jan-2017;  Rep. Gabbard, Tulsi Democrat Hawaii 2nd Congressional District on 12-Jan-2017;  Rep. Russell, Steve Republican Oklahoma 5th Congressional District on 12-Jan-2017;  Rep. Labrador, Raul R. Republican Idaho 1st Congressional District on 12-Jan-2017;  Rep. Matsui, Doris O. Democrat California 6th Congressional District on 24-Jan-2017;  Rep. Ellison, Keith Democrat Minnesota 5th Congressional District on 24-Jan-2017;  Rep. Pascrell, Bill, Jr. Democrat New Jersey 9th Congressional District on 24-Jan-2017;  Rep. McCollum, Betty Democrat Minnesota 4th Congressional District on 24-Jan-2017;  Rep. Coffman, Mike Republican Colorado 6th Congressional District on 24-Jan-2017;  Rep. Foster, Bill Democrat Illinois 11th Congressional District on 24-Jan-2017;  Rep. Reichert, David G. Republican Washington 8th Congressional District on 24-Jan-2017;  Rep. Jenkins, Lynn Republican Kansas 2nd Congressional District on 24-Jan-2017;  Rep. Krishnamoorthi, Raja Democrat Illinois 8th Congressional District on 24-Jan-2017;  Rep. Larsen, Rick Democrat Washington 2nd Congressional District on 24-Jan-2017;  Rep. Murphy, Tim Republican Pennsylvania 18th Congressional District on 1-Feb-2017;  Rep. Perry, Scott Republican Pennsylvania 4th Congressional District on 1-Feb-2017;  Rep. Lieu, Ted Democrat California 33rd Congressional District on 1-Feb-2017;  Rep. Cramer, Kevin Republican North Dakota -At Large on 1-Feb-2017;  Rep. Yoder, Kevin Republican Kansas 3rd Congressional District on 1-Feb-2017;  Rep. Sensenbrenner, F. James, Jr. Republican Wisconsin 5th Congressional District on 1-Feb-2017;  Rep. Costello, Ryan A. Republican Pennsylvania 6th Congressional District on 1-Feb-2017;  Rep. McCaul, Michael T. Republican Texas 10th Congressional District on 1-Feb-2017;  Rep. Costa, Jim Democrat California 16th Congressional District on 1-Feb-2017;  Rep. Pallone, Frank, Jr. Democrat New Jersey 6th Congressional District on 1-Feb-2017;  Rep. Moore, Gwen Democrat Wisconsin 4th Congressional District on 1-Feb-2017;  Rep. Brooks, Susan W. Republican Indiana 5th Congressional District on 1-Feb-2017;  Rep. McMorris Rodgers, Cathy Republican Washington 5th Congressional District on 1-Feb-2017;  Rep. Cartwright, Matt Democrat Pennsylvania 17th Congressional District on 1-Feb-2017;  Rep. Sessions, Pete Republican Texas 32nd Congressional District on 3-Feb-2017;  Rep. DeLauro, Rosa L. Democrat Connecticut 3rd Congressional District on 3-Feb-2017;  Rep. Brady, Robert A. Democrat Pennsylvania 1st Congressional District on 3-Feb-2017;  Rep. Johnson, Henry C. "Hank," Jr. Democrat Georgia 4th Congressional District on 3-Feb-2017;  Rep. Veasey, Marc A. Democrat Texas 33rd Congressional District on 6-Feb-2017;  Rep. Newhouse, Dan Republican Washington 4th District on 6-Feb-2017;  Rep. Rice, Kathleen M. Democrat New York 4th Congressional District on 6-Feb-2017;  Rep. Watson Coleman, Bonnie Democrat New Jersey 12th Congressional District on 6-Feb-2017;  Rep. McGovern, James P. Democrat Massachusetts 2nd Congressional District on 6-Feb-2017;  Rep. Smith, Adam Democrat Washington 9th Congressional District on 6-Feb-2017;  Rep. Jayapal, Pramila Democrat Washington 7th Congressional District on 6-Feb-2017;  Rep. Poe, Ted Republican Texas 2nd Congressional District on 6-Feb-2017;  Rep. Jackson Lee, Sheila Democrat TX-18    on 6-Feb-2017;  Rep. Napolitano, Grace F. Democrat California 32nd Congressional District on 6-Feb-2017;  Rep. Pocan, Mark Democrat Wisconsin 2nd Congressional District on 13-Feb-2017;  Rep. Woodall, Rob Republican Georgia 7th Congressional District on 13-Feb-2017;  Rep. Cleaver, Emanuel Democrat Missouri 5th Congressional District on 13-Feb-2017;  Rep. Grothman, Glenn Republican Wisconsin 6th Congressional District on 13-Feb-2017;  Rep. Nadler, Jerrold Democrat New York 10th Congressional District on 13-Feb-2017;  Rep. Rice, Tom RepublicanSC-7    on 13-Feb-2017;  Rep. Tonko, Paul Democrat New York 20th Congressional District on 13-Feb-2017;  Rep. Rothfus, Keith J. Republican Pennsylvania 12th Congressional District on 13-Feb-2017;  Rep. Khanna, Ro Democrat CA-17    on 13-Feb-2017;  Rep. Cooper, Jim Democrat Tennessee 5th Congressional District on 13-Feb-2017;  Rep. Eshoo, Anna G. Democrat California 18th Congressional District on 13-Feb-2017;  Rep. Fitzpatrick, Brian K. Republican Pennsylvania 8th Congressional District on 13-Feb-2017;  Rep. Trott, David A. Republican Michigan 11th Congressional District on 13-Feb-2017;  Rep. Schiff, Adam B. Democrat California 28th Congressional District on 13-Feb-2017;  Rep. Lofgren, Zoe Democrat California 19th Congressional District on 15-Feb-2017;  Rep. Kinzinger, Adam Republican Illinois 16th Congressional District on 15-Feb-2017;  Rep. Speier, Jackie Democrat California 14th Congressional District on 15-Feb-2017;  Rep. Lucas, Frank D. Republican Oklahoma 3rd Congressional District on 15-Feb-2017;  Rep. Price, David E. Democrat North Carolina 4th Congressional District on 15-Feb-2017;  Rep. Kind, Ron Democrat Wisconsin 3rd Congressional District on 15-Feb-2017;  Rep. Delaney, John K. Democrat Maryland 6th Congressional District on 15-Feb-2017;  Rep. Adams, Alma S. Democrat NC-12    on 27-Feb-2017;  Rep. Cicilline, David N. Democrat Rhode Island 1st Congressional District on 27-Feb-2017;  Rep. Panetta, Jimmy Democrat California 20th Congressional District on 27-Feb-2017;  Rep. DeSaulnier, Mark Democrat California 11th Congressional District on 27-Feb-2017;  Rep. Mitchell, Paul Republican Michigan 10th Congressional District on 27-Feb-2017;  Rep. Culberson, John Abney Republican Texas 7th Congressional District on 27-Feb-2017;  Rep. Himes, James A. Democrat Connecticut 4th Congressional District on 27-Feb-2017;  Rep. Valadao, David G. Republican California 21st Congressional District on 27-Feb-2017;  Rep. Thompson, Bennie G. Democrat Mississippi 2nd Congressional District on 27-Feb-2017;  Rep. Peters, Scott H. Democrat California 52nd Congressional District on 27-Feb-2017; R ep. Fleischmann, Charles J. "Chuck" Republican Tennessee 3rd Congressional District on 27-Feb-2017;  Rep. Welch, Peter Democrat Vermont -At Large on 27-Feb-2017;  Rep. King, Peter T. Republican New York 2nd Congressional District on 27-Feb-2017
  • Current status:  Introduced on 10-Jan-2017 with 100 Cosponsors; On 6-Feb-2017, the bill was referred to the Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security. 

9. H.R.670 —High-Skilled Integrity and Fairness Act of 2017.  This is a bill similar to S.281 and H.R. 92  that seeks to revise the H-1B program including allocating 20% of the total H-1B quota as determined to Small and Start up Employers.

Additional information: 

  • Sponsor: Rep. Lofgren, Zoe [D-CA-19] 
  • Current status: Introduce 24-January-2017; 02/08/2017 Referred to the Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security.

10H.R.1149 — Nuclear Family Priority Act. This bill seeks to redefine cerain  and assignment of nonimmigrant W visas.  Reduction of worldwide family sponsorship visas.

If this bill is passed in its entirety, the parent Immediate Relative category will be removed and the number of worldwide family sponsorship visas will be reduced from 226,000 to 88,000. A new non-immigrant visa for the parent of a U.S. Citizen who is at least 21 years of age will be created. This visa will be designated "W" and is valid for five years. Section 203(h), commonly known as the Child Status Protection Act, will also be amended.

Additional information:

  • Sponsor: Rep. Jody B. Hice, Republican Georgia 10th Congressional Districtst 
  • Co-Sponsors:  Rep. Lamar Smith Republican Texas 21st Congressional District on 16-Feb-2017;  Rep. Blake Farenthold, Republican Texas 27th Congressional District on 16-Feb-2017;  Rep. Earl L. "Buddy" Carter, Republican Georgia 1st Congressional District on 16-Feb-2017;  Rep. Walter B. Jones Jr., Republican North Carolina 3rd Congressional District on 16-Feb-2017;  Rep. David P. Roe, Republican Tennessee 1st Congressional District on 16-Feb-2017;  Rep. Dave Brat, Virginia 7th Congressional District on 16-Feb-2017;  Rep. Kenny Marchant, Republican Texas 24th Congressional District on 16-Feb-2017.
  • Current status: Introduced 16-Feb-2017; on 16-Feb-2017 referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.

11H.R.391 —Reform and Border Protection Act of 2017.  This bill seesk to modify the treatment of unaccompanied alien children who are in Federal custody by reason of their immigration status, and for other purposes.

Additional information:

  • Sponsor: Rep. Jason Chaffetz, Republican Utah 3rd Congressional District 
  • Co-sponsors:  Rep. Black, Diane [R-TN-6]*  01/10/2017;  Rep. Brooks, Mo [R-AL-5]* 01/10/2017;  Rep. Carter, Earl L. "Buddy" [R-GA-1]*  01/10/2017;  Rep. Carter, John R. [R-TX-31]*    01/10/2017;  Rep. Chabot, Steve [R-OH-1]*    01/10/2017;  Rep. Duncan, Jeff [R-SC-3]*    01/10/2017;  Rep. Farenthold, Blake [R-TX-27]*    01/10/2017;  Rep. Gosar, Paul A. [R-AZ-4]*    01/10/2017;  Rep. Gowdy, Trey [R-SC-4]*    01/10/2017;  Rep. Hice, Jody B. [R-GA-10]*    01/10/2017;  Rep. Lance, Leonard [R-NJ-7]*    01/10/2017;  Rep. Pittenger, Robert [R-NC-9]*    01/10/2017;  Rep. Smith, Lamar [R-TX-21]*    01/10/2017;  Rep. Webster, Daniel [R-FL-11]*    01/10/2017;  Rep. Zeldin, Lee M. [R-NY-1]*    01/10/2017;  Rep. Hudson, Richard [R-NC-8]*    01/10/2017;  Rep. Barletta, Lou [R-PA-11]    01/12/2017;  Rep. Rooney, Francis [R-FL-19]    02/01/2017;  Rep. Brat, Dave [R-VA-7]    02/13/2017;  Rep. Graves, Tom [R-GA-14]    02/27/2017
  • Current status:  Introduced 10-Jan-2017; 6-Feb-2017 Referred to the Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security.

12H.R.1178 —SAFE for America Act.  This bill intends to eliminate the diversity immigrant program and reallocate the visas to other eligible qualified visa applicants in various categories.  The diversity immigrant program is administered by the US Department of State that allocates up to 50,000 immigrant visas yearly.  These immigrants are randomly selected among countries with low immigration rates to the United States.

Additional information:

  • Sponsor: Rep. Bill Posey Republican Florida 8th Congressional District 
  • Co-sponsors:  Rep.Bob Goodlatte Republican Virginia 6th Congressional District 16-Feb-2017; Rep. Jeb Hensarling Republican Texas 5th Congressional District on 16-Feb-2017; Rep. Blake Farenthold, Republican Texas 27th Congressional District 15-Feb-2017; Rep. John J. Duncan Jr., Republican Tennessee 2nd Congressional District, 16-Feb-2017;  Rep. Lamar Smith, Republican Texas 21st Congressional District 16-Feb-2017; Rep. Kenny Marchant, Republican Texas 24th Congressional District, 16-Feb-17; Rep. Paul A. Gosar, Republican Arizona 4th Congressional District 16-Feb-2017; Rep. Brian Babin, Republican Texas 36th Congressional District, 16-Feb-17; Rep. Tom Graves, Republican Georgia 14th Congressional District, 24-Feb-2017.
  • Current status: Introduced on 16-Feb-2017; on 16-Feb-2017 Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary. 

Sources

Feinstein, Dianne. "Text - S.232 - 115th Congress (2017-2018): A bill to terminate the EB-5 Visa Program and to reallocate the employment creation visas to the other employment-based visa classifications.". Congress.gov. N.p., 2017. Web. 2 Mar. 2017.

* Banks, Jim. "Text - H.R.1125 - 115th Congress (2017-2018): A Bill To Amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to Provide for New Procedures Pertaining to the Processing of Petitions and Applications for Immigrant and Nonimmigrant Visas, and for Other Purposes." Congress.gov. N.p., 2017. Web. 2 Mar. 2017.

Bilirakis, Gus. "Text - H.R.1129 - 115th Congress (2017-2018): A Bill To Require the Secretary of Homeland Security to Strengthen Student Visa Background Checks and Improve the Monitoring of Foreign Students in the United States, and for other purposes." Congress.gov. N.p., 2017. Web. 2 Mar. 2017.

Barletta, Lou. "Text - H.R. 643 - 115th Congress (2017-2018): A Bill To Amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to Penalize Aliens Who Overstay their Visas, and for Other Purposes."  Congress.gov. N.p., 2017. Web. 1 Mar. 2017.

Sen. Grassley, Chuck. "Text - S.180 - 115th Congress (2017-2018): A Bill To Amend the the Immigration and Nationality Act to Revise Employer and Government Requirements Regarding Visas for Nonimmigrant Aliens Rated H-1B (Specialty Occupation) and L-1 (Intracompany Transfer to the United States from Abroad)."  Congress.gov. N.p., 2017. Web. 1 Mar. 2017. 

King, Steve. "Text - H.R. 178 - 115th Congress (2017-2018):  To require the country of origin of certain special immigrant religious workers to extend reciprocal immigration treatment to nationals of the United States."  Congress.gov. N.p., 2017. Web. 1 Mar. 2017. 

Sen. Lee, Mike. "Text - H.R. 281 - 115th Congress (2017-2018): A Bill to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to eliminate the per-country numerical limitation for employment-based immigrants, to increase the per-country numerical limitation for family-sponsored immigrants, and for other purposes." Congress.gov. N.p., 2017. Web. 1 Mar. 2017. 

Rep. Chaffetz, Jason. "Text - H.R. 392 - 115th Congress (2017-2018): A Bill to To amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to eliminate the per-country numerical limitation for employment-based immigrants, to increase the per-country numerical limitation for family-sponsored immigrants, and for other purposes." Congress.gov. N.p., 2017. Web. 28 Feb. 2017. 

Rep. Lofgren, Zoe. "Text - H.R. 670 - 115th Congress (2017-2018):  A Bill To amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to reform the H-1B visa program, and for other purposes."  Congress.gov. N.p., 2017. Web. 28 Feb. 2017. 

Rep. Hice, Jody B. "Text - H.R. 1149 - 115th Congress (2017-2018): A Bill To amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to make changes related to family-sponsored immigrants and to reduce the number of such immigrants, and for other purposes."  Congress.gov. N.p., 2017. Web. 28 Feb. 2017.

Rep. Chaffetz, Jason. "Text - H.R. 391 - 115th Congress (2017-2018): A Bill To modify the treatment of unaccompanied alien children who are in Federal custody by reason of their immigration status, and for other purposes."  Congress.gov. N.p., 2017. Web. 28 Feb. 2017.

Rep. Posey, Bill. "Text - H.R. 1178 - 115th Congress (2017-2018): A Bill To amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to eliminate the diversity immigrant program."  Congress.gov. N.p., 2017. Web. 28 Feb. 2017.

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Crispin R. Aranda is an established International Visa Conselor and Immigrant Advocate. He is the president of IVC and is in several migration radio programs.

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