Thursday, July 28, 2022

Immigration Amendment Doesn’t Belong in National Defense Authorization Act; House’s Annual National Defense Authorization Act Scrum Reflects Best and Worst of Congress

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Immigration Amendment Doesn’t Belong in National Defense Authorization Act:
It’s National Defense Authorization Act time again, and as usual, Congress is trying to pack the must-pass bill chock-full of provisions and 1,230 amendments, most of which have no place in the bill and, worse, nothing to do with national defense.
This year, special interests are attempting to include dangerous and pricey provisions that would encourage, and throw more money at, illegal immigration and worsen the Biden border crisis.
As an example, in one section, “Immigration Age-Out Protections” (Amendment #923), the left is again using emotional arguments and the words “child” and “children” to circumvent the law as intended and to eliminate long-standing restrictions on visas and immigration benefits. The amendment would effectively reset formerly minor dependents’ ages to the priority date or filing date of their parents’ application for nonimmigrant visas and employment authorization, all to keep the now-adults in the U.S.
For immigration and visa purposes, “children” are unmarried and under 21. They are eligible for H-4 (temporary, nonimmigrant) visas contingent upon a parent’s valid nonimmigrant visa.
When they turn 21, they age out of this eligibility because they are considered independent adults and referred to, for immigration purposes, as “sons” and “daughters.”
As it stands at that point, they are no longer eligible for this dependent status, and would need to apply for a different, separate visa to live in the U.S. legally.
That would no longer be the case if this amendment, which passed in the House, is added to the Senate bill and included in the final National Defense Authorization Act. --->READ MORE HERE
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House’s Annual National Defense Authorization Act Scrum Reflects Best and Worst of Congress:
Only one bill in Congress reliably makes it into law every year: the National Defense Authorization Act, or NDAA.
The NDAA has passed for 62 years in a row, making it the extreme rarity among bills. It is meant to authorize the funding and provide key policy provisions for our country’s national defense.
However, this week, many in the U.S. House of Representatives are proposing amendments that push everything from climate change to radical diversity initiatives and budget cuts that could end up crippling our national security.
Because the bill reliably passes every year, lawmakers annually endeavor to get whatever issue they are passionate about added to the bill in the hopes of it becoming law. This week, the House is going to consider its version of the legislation, which means all 435 lawmakers had a chance to submit amendments to the bill—over 1,200 in all.
You can always find a wide variety of issues submitted as amendments to the NDAA, even those that have absolutely nothing to do with national defense. Perhaps this year’s winner in that category is House Amendment 746, submitted by Rep. Salud Carbajal, D-Calif., which would require that only domestically grown cut flowers may be displayed by the president and the departments of State and Defense. --->READ MORE HERE
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