CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK
S. 4010 is expected to be considered on the floor of the House on Wednesday, December 15, 2010, under a motion to suspend the rules, requiring a two-thirds majority vote for passage. S. 4010 was introduced by Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-CA) on December 6, 2010, and passed in the Senate by unanimous consent.
S. 4010 would make Shigeru Yamada eligible for the issuance of an immigrant visa or for adjustment of status to an alien lawfully admitted for permanent residence. Yamada would be considered to have entered and remained lawfully and would be eligible for adjustment of status under the Immigration and Nationality Act (PL 82-414). He would be required to file his application, with any applicable fees, within two years of enactment. If an immigrant or permanent visa is issued, the bill would require the Secretary of State to direct officials to reduce by one, during the current or subsequent fiscal year, the total number of immigrant visas that are made available to natives of Japan.
Shigeru Yamada legally entered the United States with his mother and two sisters in 1992 at the age of 10. The family was fleeing from Yamada's abusive father. In 1995, Yamada's mother was killed in a car accident. At the time of her death, Yamada and his family were living legally in the United States. His mother had acquired a student visa for herself, and her children qualified as her dependents. Her death revoked his legal status in the United States. Yamada has exhausted all administrative options under the current immigration system. The only option currently available to grant him legal resident status is private relief legislation.
The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates that implementing the bill would have no significant impact on the federal budget.