Summary of Amendments Submitted to the Rules Committee for H.R. 399 - Secure Our Borders First Act of 2015

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Listed in Alphabetical Order

Jan 27, 2015 4:53 PM

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Brat (VA), McClintock (CA), Salmon, (AZ)


LATE Changes the required time for the Secretary of DHS to gain situational awareness and operational control of the high traffic areas of the border, as defined in this act, from 2 years to 1 year. It also prohibits the Secretary from determining that situational awareness and/or operational control have been achieved unless the Secretary has stopped funding and implementing DACA, the Morton memos, the Johnson memos, and the White House memos.

Brat (VA), McClintock (CA)


LATE Sets forth a definition for the category of “immediately arriving alien” and stipulates that immediately arriving aliens are to be processed by the Border Patrol using expedited removal. It also creates definitions for “actual mass influx” and “imminent mass influx” and directs the Border Patrol to establish temporary detention centers in the 25-mile wide land or sea border zone during period of mass influx so that the Border Patrol can maintain custody of the new arrivals for processing, rather than turning them over to ICE. This amendment does not revoke the ability to claim asylum.

Burgess (TX)


Directs the President to reduce foreign assistance from Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador and Mexico by $15,000 based on the number of unaccompanied alien children who are nationals or citizens of those countries and who, in the preceding fiscal year, are placed in Federal custody by reason of their immigration status.

Castro (TX)


Provides a detailed plan for U.S. Customs and Border Protection border patrol agents, and other appropriate border personnel, to undergo specialized training and proper interview techniques in asylum eligibility, for (but not limited to) unaccompanied alien children.

Castro (TX)


Requires an assessment of the southwest border surveillance activities of citizen militia groups. The assessment would examine the impact of these groups on border security (if any), risks and dangers, and lack of training and accountability posed by these militia groups to conduct such border surveillance.

Castro (TX)


Requires that no funds shall be authorized for federal reimbursement of a state’s deployment of the National Guard until a report from the Comptroller General of the United States verifies that such National Guard deployment advanced situational awareness and border security efforts.

Collins, Chris (NY)


Delays the five-year timeline for implementation of (b)(2)(A) until the pilot program has been completed for Land Ports of Entry for Non-Pedestrian Outbound Traffic. Requires the benchmark that this five-year timeline cannot be implemented unless the DHS Secretary can determine that this will not create any increases in wait times at any border crossing (this data will be provided by the pilot program).

Connolly (VA)


Limits implementation of the bill pending enactment into law of an Act making appropriations for the Department of Homeland Security for FY15 consistent with the text of H.R. 240, as introduced in the House, and an Act providing for comprehensive immigration reform consistent with the text of H.R. 15, as introduced in the 113th Congress.

Culberson (TX)


Re-codifies the definition of “lawfully present” so that the biometric entry and exit data system is using one uniform definition of “lawfully present” to track individuals who are in the U.S.

DeSantis (FL)


Adds penalties requiring that unless standards for operational control, deadlines, and metrics are met, DHS political appointees receive no pay, allowances, or any other compensation.

Frankel (FL)


Creates a registered provisional immigrant (RPI) status for non-felon undocumented immigrants who arrived in the U.S. before 2012 and agree to pay federal taxes and a fee. Permits the Secretary of Homeland Security to grant Lawful Permanent Residency status to registered provisional immigrants who immigrated to the U.S. before turning 16, have earned a high school diploma or have served in the Armed Forces, and have had RPI status for five years.

Gosar (AZ)


Replaces the commission provision in the bill with a fair and equitable commission of border security experts to include appointments by four state governors.

Gosar (AZ)


Directs Department of Homeland Security personnel operating in Southwest border states and federal prosecutors to prioritize and prosecute cases of unlawful entry of aliens per federal law and in compliance with the guidelines for the federal program known as Operation Streamline.

Gosar (AZ)


Prohibits the use of funds in the Act from the going to cities that have passed and enacted sanctuary cities or sanctuary communities.

Grijalva (AZ), Langevin (RI)


Removes a section of the bill preventing the Departments of Interior and Agriculture from protecting natural, cultural and historic resources within 100 miles of the southern border.

Hudson (NC)


LATE Prohibits the bill from taking effect until the Governors of California, New Mexico, Arizona, and Texas have certified that their southern border has been secured pursuant to the Secure Fence Act of 2006.

Hudson (NC)


LATE Strikes the fence requirements in the bill and replaces it with the fence requirements from the Secure Fence Act of 2006 (P.L. 109-367).

Hudson (NC)


LATE Prohibits Congress or President from taking action on naturalization until the border is certified as secure by the BSVC.

Hudson (NC)


LATE Requires that any of the southern border that is not secured by a fence, or physical barrier that prevents unlawful entry by aliens, is monitored 24 hours a day, 365 days a year using an approved border technology.

Hurd (TX)


Requires the Assistant Commissioner for the Office of Intelligence at U.S. Customs and Border Protection to use intelligence-based operations to combat terrorist and transnational criminal threats along the border.

Jackson Lee (TX)


SUBSTITUTE Substitutes the text with the bipartisan Border Security Results Act of 2013 (H.R. 1417, 113th Congress) that was unanimously approved by the Homeland Security in 113th Congress.

Jackson Lee (TX)


Affirms that nothing in the bill may be construed to provide authority to restrict the lawful rights of any person, including the right of privacy, due process, and equal protection of the law; or to abridge the civil liberties or civil rights of any person guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution.

Jackson Lee (TX)


Ensures that recommendations made by Special Congressional Commission of persons to be appointed to Border Security Verification Commission have bipartisan support.

Jackson Lee (TX)


Requires the Secretary of Homeland Security, within three years of enactment of this bill, to establish a minimum of three new locations for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Preclearance program at foreign airports that are last points of departure to the United States.

Jackson Lee (TX)


Confers upon the DHS Secretary, in consultation with the Chief of the Border Patrol, the responsibility for altering capability deployments to address border security threats.

Johnson, Hank (GA)


Strikes an expansion of the DOD's "1033" program for "border security activities".

King, Steve (IA)


Requires the Border Patrol to detain all individual unlawful border crossers who are apprehended within 50 miles of the U.S. border within that same 50 miles until the final resolution of all immigration proceedings for that person.

King, Steve (IA)


Requires the construction of 700 miles of two layers of reinforced fencing, that is not less than 14 feet high, on the southwestern border by May 30, 2016.

McCaul (TX)


MANAGER’S AMENDMENT Mandates penalties for failing to construct fencing by the deadlines provided in the bill; provides for consultation with the Secretary of Transportation when constructing new roads; provides tactical flexibility to the Commandant of the Coast Guard; provides a definition of "political appointee"; requires coordination with the Administrator of the FAA; and technical changes.

McSally (AZ)


Requires additional fence repair and replacement in the Southwest Border

Moore, Gwen (WI)


Ensures that current protections for victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, and trafficking are not undermined by HR 399.

Moore, Gwen (WI)


Ensures that Section 5 of the bill is carried out in a manner that does not undermine protections currently available to immigrant victims.

O'Rourke (TX)


Prohibits the Secretary from deploying the technologies listed in the bill to the border until the Department submits to Committees of jurisdiction a report detailing the cost-effectiveness of these technologies in deterring attempted unlawful entries into the US and increasing the number of apprehensions made by BP Agents.

O'Rourke (TX)


Prohibits the Secretary from constructing fence and other infrastructure along the border until the Department submits to the Committees of jurisdiction a report detailing the cost-effectiveness of this infrastructure in deterring attempted unlawful entries into the US and increasing the number of apprehensions made by BP Agents.

O'Rourke (TX)


Requires that the Department also include in its report to the Committees of jurisdiction information on average wait times at the 10 busiest land ports of entry and staffing requirements by individual ports to reduce average wait times during peak hours to less than 20 minutes

O'Rourke (TX)


Expresses a sense of Congress on the deployment of drones on the border in relation to the December 24, 2014 DHS OIG Report findings.

O'Rourke (TX)


Provides the Assistant Commissioner for the Office of Field Operations the ability to transfer CBP Officers on a voluntary basis to land ports of entry that experience high volume and long wait times in an effort to reduce bridge wait times at the busiest ports of entry in the US. The amendment also provides incentive pay for the transfers.

O'Rourke (TX)


Requires that the Department’s operational plan include a description of border security information received from stakeholders to also include local government and civic organizations along the border and local business leaders along the border.

O'Rourke (TX)


Requires that the Department’s operational plan include an assessment of the impact of border security technology and operations specifically on bridge crossing wait times.

O'Rourke (TX)


Requires the Department’s metrics for security at ports of entry include a measurement of how the border security apparatus specifically affects bridge crossing wait times.

O'Rourke (TX)


Requires that the Department’s metrics for air and marine security in the land domain include an assessment of the impact of the use of drones on border community residents’ private property rights, privacy rights, and civil liberties.

O'Rourke (TX)


Requires that the BSVC include in its explanation of why situational awareness and/or operational control was not achieved by the Department information on the potential for additional costs the Department would need to incur in order to gain full situational awareness and operational control.

O'Rourke (TX)


Requires the BSVC to include in its report input from local business and civic organizations from the southwest border.

Payne, Jr. (NJ)


Strikes section 11 (Air and Marine Prioritization) of H.R. 399.

Payne, Jr. (NJ)


Increases by 2,000 the number of U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers who are assigned to ports of entry. This amendment would alleviate processing wait times for travels and help to ensure our ports of entry keep America safe.

Pearce (NM), O'Rourke (TX)


Requires CBP, in consultation with FLETC, to provide CBP agents and officers with a minimum of 19 weeks of specialized training prior to entering duty, as well as, yearly continuing education training.

Posey (FL), Babin (TX)


LATE Provides a cause of action to victims of crimes committed by aliens unlawfully present in the United States through a failure to carry out the requirements of H.R. 399.

Rice (SC)


LATE Makes permanent and mandatory the E-verify Program for verifying the employment eligibility of alien workers, and Applies such program to current employees in addition to new hires.

Sanchez, Loretta (CA)


Directs DHS to reimburse county, municipal, and tribal governments in the United States that are located in a covered area for costs associated with the transportation and processing of unidentified remains.

Sanchez, Loretta (CA)


Directs DHS to create reports on migrant death and the use of distress beacons in the desert and the procedures to responding to distress beacons.

Sanchez, Loretta (CA)


Establishs a DHS Border Communities Task Force to oversee and make recommendations on DHS policies and impacts on border communities.

Sanchez, Loretta (CA)


Provides reforms to short term detention standards, such as basic medical needs.

Sanchez, Loretta (CA)


Provides standard operating procedures for agents on search and seizure measures, including training and ongoing education on court rulings dealing with warrantless access to individual’s password protected devices.

Sanchez, Loretta (CA)


Strikes the bill’s language for operational control that is antiquated and comes from the 2005 Secure Fence Act and replaces it with language that was agreed in a bipartisan way last Congress.

Smith, Jason (MO)


LATE Changes the "Adverse Effect Wage Rate" (AEWR) for H-2A Temporary Agricultural Workers for thirty counties in Southeast Missouri. The New AEWR for these thirty counties would be the AEWR for the State of Arkansas.

Thompson, Bennie (MS)


Requires that all new border security technology acquired pursuant to this bill be consistent with Government Accountability Office recommendations on acquisition, operations, and maintenance of such technology and incorporate lessons learned from prior acquisitions of a similar nature.

Thompson, Bennie (MS)


Inserts language requiring that if the Secretary fails to achieve the situational awareness or operational control mandates within the specified timeframes, he must submit to Congress a request for additional appropriations or authorities if they are necessary to achieving the mandates set forth under the bill.

Thompson, Bennie (MS)


Requires participants in the Border Security Verification Commission (BSVC) established under the bill to attest under penalty of perjury that they do not have current or prospective financial interest in DHS border security acquisitions.

Titus (NV)


Creates the STEM Education and Training Account to increase investment in STEM programs at colleges and universities that serve minority students. The Account would be funded by an increase in the H-1B visa fee which companies pay to bring high skilled foreign workers to the United States, typically to work in the STEM fields.

Torres (CA)


Replaces Section 5 with new language. Instead of requiring Border Patrol to impose the Consequence Delivery System on apprehended aliens, it would require Border Patrol to establish a tailored approach to processing children, victims of trafficking, or other vulnerable aliens who are apprehended.

Vela (TX)


Appropriates $145,000,000 for each fiscal years 2015 through 2019 for grants under section 15 of the proposed section 2031 of HR 399.

Vela (TX)


Authorizes additional funding for port infrastructure.

Vela (TX)


Strikes section on construction of new fencing.

Vela (TX)


Adds interoperable communications to the authorized use of grant funds under Operation Stonegarden.

Vela (TX)


Establishes a fund to provide compensation for mental and psychological treatment for victims of crime while in CBP custody and would provide compensation to CBP employees and their families killed or injured in the line of duty.

Watson Coleman (NJ)


Requires the Secretary, no later than 30 days prior to the award of any contract for construction of any new or replacement pedestrian fence or vehicle barriers required by this bill, to provide Congress with two things: (1) a detailed cost analysis, including projected operation and maintenance costs, for the relevant pedestrian fence or vehicle barriers to be constructed. (2) an analysis of alternatives that specifies whether other technology or infrastructure would provide the same or greater enhancement to border security at an equivalent or lesser cost.

Watson Coleman (NJ)


Ensures that federal government reimburses a state that decides to deploy National Guard troops to the border only when such support is sought by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Weber (TX)


Expresses a sense of Congress that the countries of Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador should do more to deter their citizens from illegally entering the United States.

Yoho (FL)


Prevents the Secretary of Homeland Security from transferring or loaning any firearm to another federal agency.