H.R.496: BRIDGE Act

Author's Summary:  "This bill amends the Immigration and Nationality Act to provide that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS): (1) shall grant a three-year provisional protected presence to a qualifying alien, (2) may not remove the alien from the United States unless such protected presence is rescinded, and (3) shall provide such alien with employment authorization."

IB Summary:  According to the National Immigration Law Center: "The BRIDGE Act would make it possible for people who meet certain requirements to apply for and receive “provisional protected presence” and work authorization. However, an approved applicant’s provisional protected presence and work authorization would be valid only from the time the person received it until the point in time that is three years after the BRIDGE Act is enacted. The requirements people would have to meet are essentially the same as the requirements for DACA under the program that was created in 2012."

Status: On 9/5/2017, a motion was filed to discharge the Committee on the Judiciary from the consideration of H.R. 496. A discharge petition requires 218 signatures for further action. (Discharge Petition No. 115-4: text with signatures.)

Links: https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/496?r=2; https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/senate-bill/128?q=%7B%22search%22%3A%5B%22BRIDGE%22%5D%7D&r=10