Legislative Tracker: Immigration Issues

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American Hope Act
HR 3591 Sponsor:
Rep. Gutierrez (D-IL)
Co-Sponsors:
155 (0 R; 155 D)
Introduced:
7/28/2017
NASFAA Analysis & Coverage: This comprehensive immigration bill would allow DACA beneficiaries and other immigrant youth to apply for "conditional permanent resident" (CPR) status. An individual with CPR status would then be eligible for federal student aid. If a CPR-status individual remains in compliance with the law for three years, the individual would be eligible to become a "lawful permanent resident" (LPR). The bill also creates a five-year path to citizenship, where time spent in CPR or LPR status would count toward the five-year requirement. The bill also repeals section 505 of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 (IIRIRA), which prohibits institutions from offering in-state tuition to undocumented students without also offering in-state tuition to students from other states. 
 
To Offer Refugees College Help (TORCH) Act
HR 2944 Sponsor:
Rep. Huffman (D-CA)
Co-Sponsors:
60 (0 R; 60 D)
Introduced:
6/20/2017
NASFAA Analysis & Coverage: The bill would require public institutions to charge in-state tuition to refugees and asylees if the first state the refugee or asylee settled was in the institution's state. 
 
FIFA Act
HR 2072 Sponsor:
Rep. Veasey (D-TX)
Co-Sponsors:
0 (0 R; 0 D)
Introduced:
4/6/2017
NASFAA Analysis & Coverage: The Fairness in Financial Aid (FIFA) Act would allow applicants to provide a social security number or a Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN) in order to receive a Personal Identification Number to use on the FAFSA. The change aims to ensure that mixed-status immigrant families are not prevented from accessing eligible financial aid.
 
American Dream Promise Act
HR 2071 Sponsor:
Rep. Veasey (D-TX)
Co-Sponsors:
0 (0 R; 0 D)
Introduced:
4/6/2017
NASFAA Analysis & Coverage: This bill would add, as condition of receiving federal student aid, to program participation agreements (PPAs) that "the institution will not deny a student admission at such institution on the basis of the student’s immigration or naturalization status."
 
FAFSA for All Act
HR 2070 Sponsor:
Rep. Veasey (D-TX)
Co-Sponsors:
8 (0 R; 8 D)
Introduced:
4/6/2017
NASFAA Analysis & Coverage: The bill would require the Department of Education to include guidance on how dependent students with noncitizen parents may obtain federal student aid. In addition, the bill includes provisions for an online upload tool to streamline the application process for these students.
 
Protect DREAMer Confidentiality Act
S. 229 Sponsor:
Sen. Heinrich (D-NM)
Co-Sponsors:
12 (0 R; 12 D)
Introduced:
1/24/2017
NASFAA Analysis & Coverage: This bill would block the disclosure or transmission of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program participant information for purposes other than the implementation of the program itself, exempt in the case of national security concerns.
 
BRIDGE Act
S. 128 Sponsor:
Sen. Graham (R-SC)
Co-Sponsors:
9 (3 R; 6 D)
Introduced:
1/12/2017
HR 496 Sponsor:
Rep. Coffman (R-CO)
Co-Sponsors:
31 (15 R; 16 D)
Introduced:
1/12/2017
NASFAA Analysis & Coverage: This measure, the "Bar Removal of Individuals who Dream and Grow our Economy (BRIDGE) Act," would provide three years of provisional protected status to recipients of deferred action status under President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and to those currently eligible but not yet participating in DACA.
 
No Funding for Sanctuary Campuses Act
HR 483 Sponsor:
Rep. Hunter (R-CA)
Co-Sponsors:
17 (17 R; 0 D)
Introduced:
1/12/2017
NASFAA Analysis & Coverage: This bill prohibits federal financial aid for higher education institutions that have "sanctuary campus" policies in effect to shield or protect undocumented students from law enforcement. Institutions would be classified as a "sanctuary campus" by the Secretary of Homeland Security based on several criteria outlined in the bill. 

 

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Publication Date: 10/18/2017

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