H.R. 5230

Making supplemental appropriations for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2014

Sponsor
Rep. Hal Rogers

Committee
Appropriations

Date
August 1, 2014 (113th Congress, 2nd Session)

Staff Contact
David Smentek

Floor Situation

On Friday, August 1, 2014, the House will consider H.R. 5230, a bill Making Supplemental Appropriations for the Fiscal Year Ending September 30, 2014, and for other purposes, under a rule.  H.R. 5230 was introduced on July 29, 2014, by Rep. Hal Rogers (R-KY), Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee.

Amendments

Below are the amendments that were adopted in the Rules Committee and incorporated into the base text, which can be found here.

1)         Rep. Rogers (R-KY) Amendment #12The amendment increases funding for the National Guard by $35 million, providing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) the authority to use that funding to reimburse southwestern states for the cost of National Guard activities related to border security.  This funding is offset by increasing the rescission from the Department of Defense Working Capital Fund by $35 million (to $70 million).  Finally, this amendment requires DHS conduct public outreach campaigns that will: 1) advise aliens of the dangers of the journey to the southwest border; 2) emphasize the lack of immigration benefits available to them; and 3) emphasize that illegal aliens will be removed to their country.

2)         Rep. Carter (R-TX) Amendment #13The amendment modifies the removal process for unaccompanied alien minors.  The revision strikes the bill’s multilayered adjudicatory process for unaccompanied alien minors apprehended along the border and replaces it with language from H.R. 5143, introduced by Rep. John Carter (R-TX).  This language provides the same protections to unaccompanied minors against trafficking and persecution that minors from Mexico and Canada are afforded.  It also requires that those minors who assert a credible fear of prosecution or who have been trafficked must appear before an immigration judge within 14 days of their initial screening and shall be detained until their appearance.

The language also clarifies that all minors from any country who do not have a credible fear of persecution and have not been trafficked will be expeditiously returned home, whether or not they agree to withdraw their applications for admissions.  Finally, this language gives the Secretary of State the authority to negotiate agreements with any foreign country regarding the repatriation of that country’s minors designed to protect them from trafficking and ensure that they are returned to government officials.

3)         Rep. Rogers (R-AL) Amendment #14The amendment prohibits the Secretary of Defense from placing unauthorized aliens[1] at military installations[2] in the U.S. if the use of the military institution to house or care for unauthorized aliens would: 1) displace members of the Armed Forces serving on active duty or in a reserve or Guard status; or 2) interfere with activities of the Armed Forces, including guard and reserve components.

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[1] “Unauthorized Aliens” are defined in the amendment as “an alien unlawfully present in the United States, but does not include a dependent of a member of the Armed Forces.”
[2] A “Military Installation” is “a base, camp, post, station, yard, center, or other activity under the jurisdiction of the Secretary of a military department or, in the case of an activity in a foreign country, under the operational control of the Secretary of a military department or the Secretary of Defense, without regard to the duration of operational control.” See 10 U.S. Code § 2801(c)(4).

Additional Information

For questions or further information contact the GOP Conference at 5-5107.