Congressman Diane Black (R-TN) has introduced the U Visa Reform Act of 2013, H.R. 463, to stop abuse of the U Visa program by closing loopholes that invite fraud and undermine those who seek to obtain citizenship through the proper legal channels. Click here to watch Rep. Black's speech on the House Floor today about H.R. 463.
"Over a decade ago, the U Visa program was established as a way to allow illegal immigrant crime victims a temporary legal status in order to assist law enforcement in the prosecution of their assailant. In turn, the program has helped to bring thousands of dangerous criminals to justice. However, over time, the program has become a backdoor for obtaining permanent legal status -- which was never the intent of this program. Rampant fraud and abuse of U Visas now undermines its effectiveness for law enforcement and circumvents the law abiding individuals who seek to immigrate to our country through the proper legal channels. While a criminal act against any individual in this country is inexcusable and reprehensible regardless of immigration status, it is not good immigration policy to staple green cards to police reports for those in the country illegally.
"We are a nation of immigrations, and we are also a nation built upon respect for the rule of law. Our heritage and our principles demand of us the courage to reform our broken immigration system, so that those who follow the law and want to contribute to the betterment of our nation will have the opportunity to do so. Government programs that encourage and incentivize abuse of the law must be reformed. That is why I have introduced the U Visa Reform Act of 2013 which will close loop holes, thus stopping the obvious abuses in the U Visa program and will restore the original intent of this program," said Congressman Black.
H.R. 463 would fix loopholes in the U Visa program by:
· Reducing chain migration by limiting visas granted under the program to only spouses and children of victims.
· Requiring that recipients of U visas be a victim of an actual crime.
· Limiting the duration of the U visa from 4-years to the lesser of 3-years or the period of limitations prescribed under applicable law for the qualifying crime.
· Making the U visa a true temporary visa by eliminating the ability of illegal immigrants to adjust status to that of a legal permanent resident under the program.
Letter of Supports:
Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR)