FOR THE RELIEF OF SEPANDAN FARNIA ANDFARBOD FARNIA
BACKGROUND AND NEED FOR THE LEGISLATION
In the 105th Congress, this case included the two current beneficiaries' mother. Since then the mother was killed in a car accident.
The boys' father was executed in Iran in 1984. The mother and her young sons hid in Iran for a year before coming to the U.S. and
applying for political asylum. The boys were 7 and 8 years old when they came to the U.S. After 12 years, the application for asylum was denied in April 1997.
In the meantime, these young boys grew up in Oklahoma, graduated from high school, were students at the University of Oklahoma, and now are both working. They have lost both parents, neither boy has any connection to Iran, and they have very little knowledge of the Muslim faith, Iranian culture, or the Farsi language. The boys currently live with their aunt and uncle--their mother's siblings--in Oklahoma.
A private bill is needed because the two brothers do not meet the necessary criteria for permanent residence under any existing categories.
On July 27, 2000, the Subcommittee on Immigration and Claims met in open session and ordered favorably reported the bill H.R. 848, without amendment by voice vote, a quorum being present.
On September 19, 2000, the Committee on the Judiciary met in open session and ordered reported favorably the bill H.R. 848 without amendment by voice vote, a quorum being present.
COMMITTEE OVERSIGHT FINDINGS
In compliance with clause 2(l)(3)(A) of rule XI of the Rules of the House of Representatives, the committee reports that the findings and recommendations of the committee, based on oversight activities under clause 2(b)(1) of rule X of the Rules of the House of Representatives, are incorporated in the descriptive portions of this report.
COMMITTEE ON GOVERNMENT REFORM FINDINGS
No findings or recommendations of the Committee on Government Reform and Oversight were received as referred to in clause 2(l)(3)(D) of rule XI of the Rules of the House of Representatives.
NEW BUDGET AUTHORITY AND TAX EXPENDITURES
Clause 2(l)(3)(B) of House Rule XI is inapplicable because this legislation does not provide new budgetary authority or increased tax expenditures.
CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE COST ESTIMATE
In compliance with clause 3(d)(2) of rule XIII of the Rules of the House of Representatives, the committee believes that the bill would have no significant impact on the Federal budget. This is based on the Congressional Budget Office cost estimate on H.R. 848. That Congressional Budget Office cost estimate follows:
Congressional Budget Office,
Washington, DC, September 22, 2000.
Hon. HENRY J. HYDE, CHAIRMAN,
DEAR MR. CHAIRMAN: The Congressional Budget Office has reviewed three private relief bills, which were ordered reported by the House Committee on the Judiciary on September 19, 2000. CBO estimates that their enactment would have no significant impact on the federal budget. These bills could have a very small effect on fees collected by the Immigration and Naturalization Service and on benefits paid under certain federal entitlement programs. Because these fees and expenditures are classified as direct spending, pay-as-you-go procedures would apply. The bills reviewed are:
ĚH.R. 848, a bill for the relief of Sepandan Farnia and Farbod Farnia;
ĚH.R. 3184, a bill for the relief of Zohreh Farhang Ghahfarokhi; and
ĚH.R. 3414, a bill for the relief of Luis A. Leon-Molina, Ligia Padron, Juan Leon Padron, Rendy Leon Padron, Manuel Leon Padron, and Luis Leon Padron.
If you wish further details on this estimate, we will be pleased to provide them. The CBO staff contact is Mark Grabowicz, who can be reached at 226-2860. This estimate was approved by Peter H. Fontaine, Deputy Assistant Director for Budget Analysis.
Dan L. Crippen, Director.
Honorable John Conyers Jr.
Ranking Democratic Member
CONSTITUTIONAL AUTHORITY STATEMENT
Pursuant to rule XI, clause 2(1)(4) of the Rules of the House of Representatives, the committee finds the authority for this legislation in Article 1, Section 8, Clause 4 of the Constitution.
The comments of the Immigration and Naturalization Service on H.R. 848 are as follows:
U.S. Department of Justice,
Immigration and Naturalization Service,
Washington, DC, January 27, 1999.
Hon. HENRY J. HYDE, CHAIRMAN,
DEAR MR. CHAIRMAN: This is in reference to your request for a report relative to H.R. 848, for the relief of Sepandan Farnia and Farbod Farnia, there is enclosed a memorandum of information concerning the beneficiaries.
The bill would grant the beneficiaries permanent residence status in the United States as of the date of its enactment, upon filing an application. It would also direct that visa number deductions be made from the beneficiaries' native country.
FOR THE COMMISSIONER,
Gerri L. Ratliff, Acting Director,
Department of State, Visa Office
District Director--Dallas, Texas