H.R. 4296 requires extension of immigration transition period

Mar 30, 2014

I introduced legislation that requires a five-year extension of the immigration transition period now scheduled to end on December 31, 2014. This is the same language contained in my Omnibus Territories Act, H.R. 2200, and its Senate companion, S.1237. Both of those bills are moving slowly because they contain other changes to territorial law, some of which are controversial. So I have decided to improve chances of enacting the transition extension with a stand-alone bill, H.R. 4296. This is the same strategy that worked with the transfer of ownership of submerged lands. The transfer was originally part of H.R. 2200 and S.1237, but it was a free-standing bill, S. 256, that moved more quickly and became law on September 18, 2013. Extending the transition period by five years will protect our tourism industry by preventing claims of asylum in the Northern Marianas by persons who enter under parole status.