DEPORTED VETERANS SUPPORT HOUSE

CURRENT LEGISLATION (2018-2019)

H.R.1078 – Repatriate Our Patriots Act

116th Congress (2019-2020)
Rep. Gonzalez, Vicente [D-TX-15]
Cosponsor / Date Cosponsored (37 Cosponsors)

  • Rep. Young, Don [R-AK-At Large]* 02/07/2019
  • Rep. Gabbard, Tulsi [D-HI-2] 02/25/2019
  • Rep. Rush, Bobby L. [D-IL-1] 02/25/2019
  • Rep. Green, Al [D-TX-9] 02/25/2019
  • Rep. McGovern, James P. [D-MA-2] 03/05/2019
  • Rep. Kilmer, Derek [D-WA-6] 03/05/2019
  • Rep. Schakowsky, Janice D. [D-IL-9] 03/05/2019
  • Rep. Khanna, Ro [D-CA-17] 03/13/2019
  • Rep. Raskin, Jamie [D-MD-8] 03/13/2019
  • Rep. Haaland, Debra A. [D-NM-1] 03/13/2019
  • Rep. Norton, Eleanor Holmes [D-DC-At Large] 03/13/2019
  • Rep. Cuellar, Henry [D-TX-28] 03/25/2019
  • Rep. Garcia, Jesus G. “Chuy” [D-IL-4] 03/25/2019
  • Rep. Perlmutter, Ed [D-CO-7] 04/12/2019
  • Rep. Blumenauer, Earl [D-OR-3] 04/15/2019
  • Rep. Vela, Filemon [D-TX-34] 04/25/2019,
  • Rep. Bonamici, Suzanne [D-OR-1] 04/25/2019
  • Rep. Lowenthal, Alan S. [D-CA-47] 05/01/2019
  • Rep. Rouda, Harley [D-CA-48] 05/02/2019
  • Rep. Reed, Tom [R-NY-23] 05/22/2019
  • Rep. Moulton, Seth [D-MA-6] 05/22/2019
  • Rep. Foster, Bill [D-IL-11] 06/10/2019
  • Rep. Johnson, Henry C. “Hank,” Jr. [D-GA-4] 07/09/2019
  • Rep. Garcia, Sylvia R. [D-TX-29] 07/09/2019
  • Rep. Peterson, Collin C. [D-MN-7] 07/09/2019
  • Rep. Maloney, Carolyn B. [D-NY-12] 07/09/2019
  • Rep. Cisneros, Gilbert Ray, Jr. [D-CA-39] 07/09/2019
  • Rep. Sherman, Brad [D-CA-30] 07/09/2019
  • Rep. Krishnamoorthi, Raja [D-IL-8] 07/09/2019
  • Rep. Pallone, Frank, Jr. [D-NJ-6] 07/09/2019
  • Rep. Levin, Mike [D-CA-49] 07/09/2019
  • Rep. Meng, Grace [D-NY-6] 07/10/2019
  • Rep. Harder, Josh [D-CA-10] 07/15/2019
  • Rep. Tlaib, Rashida [D-MI-13] 08/02/2019
  • Rep. Trone, David J. [D-MD-6] 09/10/2019
  • Rep. Kuster, Ann M. [D-NH-2] 09/10/2019
  • Rep. Escobar, Veronica [D-TX-16]

H.R.2098 – Veterans Visa and Protection Act of 2019

116th Congress (2019-2020)
Rep. Grijalva, Raul M. [D-AZ-3]
Cosponsor / Date Cosponsored (7 Cosponsors)

  • Rep. Schakowsky, Janice D. [D-IL-9] 05/17/2019
  • Rep. McGovern, James P. [D-MA-2] 05/17/2019
  • Rep. Jackson Lee, Sheila [D-TX-18] 05/17/2019
  • Rep. Norton, Eleanor Holmes [D-DC-At Large] 05/17/2019
  • Rep. Moore, Gwen [D-WI-4] 06/11/2019
  • Rep. Omar, Ilhan [D-MN-5] 06/11/2019
  • Rep. Vela, Filemon [D-TX-34]

The Veterans Visa and Protection Act of 2019 would prohibit the deportation of Veterans who are not violent offenders, establish a visa program through which deported Veterans may enter the United States as legal permanent residents, enable legal permanent residents to become naturalized citizens through military service and extend military and Veterans benefits to those who would be eligible for those benefits if they were not deported.

S.1042 – Healthcare Opportunities for Patriots in Exile Act

116th Congress (2019-2020)
Sen. Duckworth, Tammy [D-IL]
Cosponsor / Date Cosponsored (4 Cosponsors)

  • Sen. Hirono, Mazie K. [D-HI]* 04/04/2019
  • Sen. Blumenthal, Richard [D-CT]* 04/04/2019
  • Sen. Wyden, Ron [D-OR]* 04/04/2019
  • Sen. Merkley, Jeff [D-OR] 06/12/2019

The Healthcare Opportunities for Patriots in Exile (HOPE) Act of 2019 would allow deported Veterans who committed non-violent crimes the opportunity to temporarily re-enter the United States to receive medical care from a VA facility for service-connected medical conditions.

H.R.928 – Immigrant Veterans Eligibility Tracking System (I-VETS) Act

116th Congress (2019-2020)
Rep. Vargas, Juan [D-CA-51]
Cosponsor / Date Cosponsored (5 Cosponsors)

  • Rep. Takano, Mark [D-CA-41]* 01/30/2019
  • Rep. Vela, Filemon [D-TX-34]* 01/30/2019
  • Rep. Gabbard, Tulsi [D-HI-2]* 01/30/2019
  • Rep. Davis, Susan A. [D-CA-53] 02/11/2019
  • Rep. McGovern, James P. [D-MA-2] 02/11/2019

The Immigrant Veterans Eligibility Tracking System (I-VETS) Act of 2019 would identify non-citizens who are currently serving or who have served in the armed forces when they are applying for immigration benefits or when placed in immigration enforcement proceedings. The bill would also require the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to annotate all immigration and naturalization records to reflect their service records. This information will enable DHS to “fast track” Veterans and servicemembers who are applying for naturalization, while also allowing officials to practice prosecutorial discretion, if appropriate, when adjudicating their cases.

RESOLUTIONS

American GI Forum Resolution Deported Veterans

Resolution # 2018 – 16 August 14, 2018
Deported Veterans and Their Families Resolution Submitted From the Colorado State Women

American Legion

Resolution No. 10: Expedited Citizenship Applications for Deported Veterans
2018-05 Author American Legion. National Executive Committee

AmVets

DRAFT RESOLUTION 19-12
Deported U. S. Military Veterans

LULAC Resolution

Roger C. Rocha, Jr.
LULAC National President
RESOLUTION TO SUPPORT THE PLIGHT OF U.S. DEPORTED VETERANS

Military Families Speak Out Resolution

05/09/2019

Veterans For Peace Resolution

Submitted by Willie Hager, Chapter 174
2016-19: Resolution On Deported Veterans

PAST LEGISLATION

H.R.1405 – Veterans Visa and Protection Act of 2017

115th Congress (2017-2018)
Rep. Grijalva, Raul M. [D-AZ-3] ,
Cosponsor/ Date Cosponsored

  • Rep. Gutierrez, Luis V. [D-IL-4]* 03/07/2017
  • Rep. Vargas, Juan [D-CA-51]* 03/07/2017
  • Rep. Johnson, Henry C. “Hank,” Jr. [D-GA-4]* 03/07/2017
  • Rep. Schakowsky, Janice D. [D-IL-9]* 03/07/2017
  • Rep. Cardenas, Tony [D-CA-29]* 03/07/2017
  • Rep. Norton, Eleanor Holmes [D-DC-At Large]* 03/07/2017
  • Rep. Ryan, Tim [D-OH-13]* 03/07/2017
  • Rep. Green, Gene [D-TX-29]* 03/07/2017
  • Rep. Vela, Filemon [D-TX-34]* 03/07/2017
  • Rep. Davis, Danny K. [D-IL-7]* 03/07/2017
  • Rep. Lieu, Ted [D-CA-33]* 03/07/2017
  • Rep. Cicilline, David N. [D-RI-1]* 03/07/2017
  • Rep. Jayapal, Pramila [D-WA-7]* 03/07/2017
  • Rep. McGovern, James P. [D-MA-2]* 03/07/2017
  • Rep. Aguilar, Pete [D-CA-31]* 03/07/2017
  • Rep. DeSaulnier, Mark [D-CA-11]* 03/07/2017
  • Rep. Takano, Mark [D-CA-41]* 03/07/2017
  • Rep. Gallego, Ruben [D-AZ-7] 03/07/2017
  • Rep. Chu, Judy [D-CA-27]* 03/07/2017
  • Rep. Blumenauer, Earl [D-OR-3]* 03/07/2017
  • Rep. Gonzalez, Vicente [D-TX-15] 03/13/2017
  • Rep. Roybal-Allard, Lucille [D-CA-40] 03/13/2017
  • Rep. Moulton, Seth [D-MA-6] 03/13/2017
  • Rep. Moore, Gwen [D-WI-4] 03/13/2017
  • Rep. Rush, Bobby L. [D-IL-1] 03/17/2017
  • Rep. Hastings, Alcee L. [D-FL-20] 03/17/2017
  • Rep. Correa, J. Luis [D-CA-46] 03/17/2017
  • Rep. Hanabusa, Colleen [D-HI-1] 03/17/2017
  • Rep. Velazquez, Nydia M. [D-NY-7] 03/17/2017
  • Rep. Napolitano, Grace F. [D-CA-32] 03/17/2017
  • Rep. Watson Coleman, Bonnie [D-NJ-12] 03/17/2017
  • Rep. Raskin, Jamie [D-MD-8] 03/17/2017
  • Rep. McCollum, Betty [D-MN-4] 03/17/2017
  • Rep. Jackson Lee, Sheila [D-TX-18] 03/20/2017
  • Rep. Ellison, Keith [D-MN-5] 03/20/2017
  • Rep. Peters, Scott H. [D-CA-52] 03/24/2017
  • Rep. Pocan, Mark [D-WI-2] 03/24/2017
  • Rep. Evans, Dwight [D-PA-2] 03/24/2017
  • Rep. Pallone, Frank, Jr. [D-NJ-6] 03/28/2017
  • Rep. Polis, Jared [D-CO-2] 03/28/2017
  • Rep. Sanchez, Linda T. [D-CA-38] 04/26/2017
  • Rep. Lujan Grisham, Michelle [D-NM-1] 04/26/2017
  • Rep. Kihuen, Ruben J. [D-NV-4] 05/02/2017
  • Rep. Titus, Dina [D-NV-1] 05/02/2017
  • Rep. Barragan, Nanette Diaz [D-CA-44] 05/03/2017
  • Rep. O’Rourke, Beto [D-TX-16] 05/03/2017
  • Rep. Espaillat, Adriano [D-NY-13] 05/17/2017
  • Rep. Pingree, Chellie [D-ME-1] 05/17/2017
  • Rep. Walz, Timothy J. [D-MN-1] 05/18/2017
  • Rep. Soto, Darren [D-FL-9] 05/22/2017
  • Rep. Sires, Albio [D-NJ-8] 05/25/2017
  • Rep. Lewis, John [D-GA-5] 06/12/2017
  • Rep. Lowenthal, Alan S. [D-CA-47] 06/12/2017
  • Rep. Serrano, Jose E. [D-NY-15] 06/12/201
  • Rep. Veasey, Marc A. [D-TX-33] 06/21/2017
  • Rep. Yarmuth, John A. [D-KY-3] 06/21/2017
  • Rep. Nadler, Jerrold [D-NY-10] 06/26/2017
  • Rep. O’Halleran, Tom [D-AZ-1] 10/05/2017
  • Rep. Castor, Kathy [D-FL-14] 10/05/2017
  • Rep. Carson, Andre [D-IN-7] 10/05/2017
  • Rep. Green, Al [D-TX-9] 02/26/2018
  • Rep. Gabbard, Tulsi [D-HI-2] 02/26/201
  • Rep. Khanna, Ro [D-CA-17] 04/26/2018
  • Rep. Lofgren, Zoe [D-CA-19] 10/09/2018
  • Rep. Cohen, Steve [D-TN-9]

H.R.5695 – Veterans Visa and Protection Act of 2016

114th Congress (2015-2016)
Rep. Grijalva, Raul M. [D-AZ-3],
(22 CoSponsors)
Cosponsor/  Date Cosponsored

  • Rep. Vela, Filemon [D-TX-34]* 07/08/2016
  • Rep. Green, Gene [D-TX-29]* 07/08/2016
  • Rep. Vargas, Juan [D-CA-51]* 07/08/2016
  • Rep. Hinojosa, Ruben [D-TX-15]* 07/08/2016
  • Rep. Honda, Michael M. [D-CA-17]* 07/08/2016
  • Rep. McGovern, James P. [D-MA-2]* 07/08/2016
  • Rep. Watson Coleman, Bonnie [D-NJ-12]* 07/08/2016
  • Rep. Napolitano, Grace F. [D-CA-32]* 07/08/2016
  • Rep. Conyers, John, Jr. [D-MI-13]* 07/08/2016
  • Rep. Chu, Judy [D-CA-27]* 07/08/2016
  • Rep. Takano, Mark [D-CA-41] 07/08/2016
  • Rep. Johnson, Henry C. “Hank,” Jr. [D-GA-4] 07/08/2016
  • Rep. Cardenas, Tony [D-CA-29]* 07/08/2016
  • Rep. Moulton, Seth [D-MA-6]* 07/08/2016
  • Rep. Gutierrez, Luis V. [D-IL-4]* 07/08/2016
  • Rep. Gallego, Ruben [D-AZ-7]* 07/08/2016
  • Rep. Lieu, Ted [D-CA-33]* 07/08/2016
  • Rep. Veasey, Marc A. [D-TX-33] 07/12/2016
  • Rep. Lowenthal, Alan S. [D-CA-47] 09/26/2016
  • Rep. Cicilline, David N. [D-RI-1] 11/15/2016
  • Rep. Schakowsky, Janice D. [D-IL-9] 12/08/2016,
  • Rep. Green, Al [D-TX-9] 12/08/2016

LEGISLATIVE ACTION 2017

HR 1405: Veterans Visa and Protection Act of 2017

115th Congress (2017-2018)
Raul Grijalva (AZ) Introduced 03/07/2017
Cosponsor / Date Cosponsored (62 Cosponsors)

  • Rep. Gutierrez, Luis V. [D-IL-4]* 03/07/2017
  • Rep. Vargas, Juan [D-CA-51]* 03/07/2017
  • Rep. Johnson, Henry C. “Hank,” Jr. [D-GA-4] 03/07/2017
  • Rep. Schakowsky, Janice D. [D-IL-9] 03/07/2017
  • Rep. Cardenas, Tony [D-CA-29] 03/07/2017
  • Rep. Norton, Eleanor Holmes [D-DC-At Large] 03/07/2017
  • Rep. Ryan, Tim [D-OH-13]* 03/07/2017
  • Rep. Green, Gene [D-TX-29]* 03/07/2017
  • Rep. Vela, Filemon [D-TX-34]* 03/07/2017
  • Rep. Davis, Danny K. [D-IL-7]* 03/07/2017
  • Rep. Lieu, Ted [D-CA-33]* 03/07/2017
  • Rep. Cicilline, David N. [D-RI-1]* 03/07/2017
  • Rep. Jayapal, Pramila [D-WA-7] 03/07/2017
  • Rep. McGovern, James P. [D-MA-2] 03/07/2017
  • Rep. Aguilar, Pete [D-CA-31]* 03/07/2017
  • Rep. DeSaulnier, Mark [D-CA-11] 03/07/2017
  • Rep. Takano, Mark [D-CA-41]* 03/07/2017
  • Rep. Gallego, Ruben [D-AZ-7]* 03/07/2017
  • Rep. Chu, Judy [D-CA-27]* 03/07/2017
  • Rep. Blumenauer, Earl [D-OR-3]* 03/07/2017
  • Rep. Gonzalez, Vicente [D-TX-15] 03/13/2017
  • Rep. Roybal-Allard, Lucille [D-CA-40] 03/13/2017
  • Rep. Moulton, Seth [D-MA-6] 03/13/2017
  • Rep. Moore, Gwen [D-WI-4] 03/13/2017
  • Rep. Rush, Bobby L. [D-IL-1] 03/17/2017
  • Rep. Hastings, Alcee L. [D-FL-20] 03/17/2017
  • Rep. Correa, J. Luis [D-CA-46] 03/17/2017
  • Rep. Hanabusa, Colleen [D-HI-1] 03/17/2017
  • Rep. Velazquez, Nydia M. [D-NY-7] 03/17/2017
  • Rep. Napolitano, Grace F. [D-CA-32] 03/17/2017
  • Rep. Watson Coleman, Bonnie [D-NJ-12] 03/17/2017
  • Rep. Raskin, Jamie [D-MD-8] 03/17/2017
  • Rep. McCollum, Betty [D-MN-4] 03/17/2017
  • Rep. Jackson Lee, Sheila [D-TX-18] 03/20/2017
  • Rep. Ellison, Keith [D-MN-5] 03/20/2017
  • Rep. Peters, Scott H. [D-CA-52] 03/24/2017
  • Rep. Pocan, Mark [D-WI-2] 03/24/2017
  • Rep. Evans, Dwight [D-PA-2] 03/24/2017
  • Rep. Pallone, Frank, Jr. [D-NJ-6] 03/28/2017
  • Rep. Polis, Jared [D-CO-2] 03/28/2017
  • Rep. Sanchez, Linda T. [D-CA-38] 04/26/2017
  • Rep. Lujan Grisham, Michelle [D-NM-1] 04/26/2017
  • Rep. Kihuen, Ruben J. [D-NV-4] 05/02/2017
  • Rep. Titus, Dina [D-NV-1] 05/02/2017
  • Rep. Barragan, Nanette Diaz [D-CA-44] 05/03/2017
  • Rep. O’Rourke, Beto [D-TX-16] 05/03/2017
  • Rep. Espaillat, Adriano [D-NY-13] 05/17/2017
  • Rep. Pingree, Chellie [D-ME-1] 05/17/2017
  • Rep. Walz, Timothy J. [D-MN-1] 05/18/2017
  • Rep. Soto, Darren [D-FL-9] 05/22/2017
  • Rep. Sires, Albio [D-NJ-8] 05/25/2017
  • Rep. Lewis, John [D-GA-5] 06/12/2017
  • Rep. Lowenthal, Alan S. [D-CA-47] 06/12/2017
  • Rep. Serrano, Jose E. [D-NY-15] 06/12/2017
  • Rep. Veasey, Marc A. [D-TX-33] 06/21/2017
  • Rep. Yarmuth, John A. [D-KY-3] 06/21/201
  • Rep. Nadler, Jerrold [D-NY-10] 06/26/2017
  • Rep. O’Halleran, Tom [D-AZ-1] 10/05/2017
  • Rep. Castor, Kathy [D-FL-14] 10/05/2017
  • Rep. Carson, Andre [D-IN-7] 10/05/2017
  • Rep. Green, Al [D-TX-9] 02/26/2018
  • Rep. Gabbard, Tulsi [D-HI-2] 02/26/2018
  • Rep. Khanna, Ro [D-CA-17] 04/26/2018
  • Rep. Lofgren, Zoe [D-CA-19] 10/09/2018
  • Rep. Cohen, Steve [D-TN-9] 10/09/2018

Referred to the House Armed Services, House Veterans Affairs, and House Judiciary Committees Allows deported veterans to enter the U.S. as lawful permanent residents. Grants them access to the existing naturalization process for military service and access to veteran benefits. Stops the deportation of eligible veterans currently in removal proceedings.

HR 1470: Restoring Respect for Immigrant Service in Uniform Act

15th Congress (2017-2018)
Ruben Gallego (AZ) Introduced 03/09/2017
Referred to the House Judiciary Committee
Cosponsor Date Cosponsored (2 Cosponsors)

  • Rep. Coffman, Mike [R-CO-6] 07/25/2017
  • Rep. O’Halleran, Tom [D-AZ-1] 10/10/2017

Expresses the sense of Congress that the Department of Homeland Security should exercise discretion to admit certain deported veterans.

H.R.2759 – NATS Act

115th Congress (2017-2018)
Rep. Vargas, Juan [D-CA-51]
Cosponsor Date Cosponsored
(14 Cosponsors)

  • Rep. Serrano, Jose E. [D-NY-15] 05/26/2017
  • Rep. Napolitano, Grace F. [D-CA-32] 05/26/2017
  • Rep. Davis, Susan A. [D-CA-53] 05/26/2017
  • Rep. McGovern, James P. [D-MA-2] 05/26/2017
  • Rep. Gutierrez, Luis V. [D-IL-4] 05/26/2017
  • Rep. Clarke, Yvette D. [D-NY-9]* 05/26/2017
  • Rep. Correa, J. Luis [D-CA-46]* 05/26/2017
  • Rep. Vela, Filemon [D-TX-34]* 05/26/2017
  • Rep. Evans, Dwight [D-PA-2] 05/26/2017
  • Rep. Barragan, Nanette Diaz [D-CA-44] 06/08/2017
  • Rep. Takano, Mark [D-CA-41] 06/08/2017
  • Rep. Soto, Darren [D-FL-9] 06/08/2017
  • Rep. Ellison, Keith [D-MN-5] 06/16/2017
  • Rep. Lujan Grisham, Michelle [D-NM-1] 11/07/2017

The Naturalization at Training Sites (NATS) Act of 2017 ensures that non-citizen service members are well informed of the naturalization options available to them. The bill will (1) direct each branch of the Armed Forces to establish a naturalization office at their initial training sites; (2) instruct the Secretary of Defense to identify and contact non-citizen service members and inform them of their options; (3) require the Department of Defense (DOD) to retain trained staff at the established naturalization offices; and (4) encourage the Secretary to assign non-citizen recruits to training sites with operating naturalization offices pending the completion of said offices at all training sites.

H.R.2760 – Immigrant Veterans Eligibility Tracking System (I-VETS) Act

115th Congress (2017-2018)
Rep. Vargas, Juan [D-CA-51],
Cosponsor Date Cosponsored
(13 Cosponsors)

  • Rep. Serrano, Jose E. [D-NY-15] 05/26/2017
  • Rep. Napolitano, Grace F. [D-CA-32] 05/26/2017
  • Rep. Davis, Susan A. [D-CA-53] 05/26/2017
  • Rep. McGovern, James P. [D-MA-2] 05/26/2017
  • Rep. Jackson Lee, Sheila [D-TX-18]* 05/26/2017
  • Rep. Correa, J. Luis [D-CA-46]* 05/26/2017
  • Rep. Vela, Filemon [D-TX-34]* 05/26/2017
  • Rep. Veasey, Marc A. [D-TX-33]* 05/26/2017
  • Rep. Barragan, Nanette Diaz [D-CA-44] 06/08/2017
  • Rep. Takano, Mark [D-CA-41] 06/08/2017
  • Rep. Soto, Darren [D-FL-9] 06/08/2017
  • Rep. Ellison, Keith [D-MN-5] 06/16/2017
  • Rep. Lujan Grisham, Michelle [D-NM-1]

The Immigrant Veterans Eligibility Tracking System (I-VETS) Act of 2017 helps identify active and retired non-citizen service members. The bill directs the Secretary of Homeland Security to identify non-citizens who have served in the armed forces when applying for immigration benefits or when placed in immigration enforcement proceedings. This information will enable DHS to “fast track” veterans and service members who are applying for naturalization, while also allowing officials to practice prosecutorial discretion, if appropriate, when adjudicating their cases.

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