FOR THE RELIEF OF LUIS A. LEON-MOLINA, LIGIA PADRON, JUAN LEON PADRON, RENDY LEON PADRON, MANUEL LEON PADRON, AND LUIS LEON PADRON
BACKGROUND AND NEED FOR THE LEGISLATION
The Padron family came to U.S. on visitor visas and then applied for political asylum on December 5, 1994. The INS Service Center determined that the application for asylum was non-frivolous on January 5, 1995. On April 14, 1995, an I.N.S. Asylum Officer declined to grant asylum. On April 17, 1995, the Padrons were placed in deportation proceedings. On July 26, 1995, the father was selected for an immigrant visa under the Diversity Visa Program for FY1996. Thus, on December 15, 1995, the Padron's applications for adjustment of status to resident alien were approved by an immigration judge and the deportation proceedings were terminated. On that same day, the State Department informed the immigration judge in writing that the Immigrant Visa Control Center had reserved visa numbers for the Padron family based on the judge's order. However, this written notice did not constitute an allocation of the visa numbers--the visa numbers would be allocated upon completion of action on the Padrons' adjustment of status case.
On December 16, 1995, the Federal Government shut down. The Padrons' file was placed on a shelf and forgotten. On September 30, 1996, the 1996 Diversity Visa program (and the Padrons' eligibility for their visas) expired, without any action being taken on the misplaced files.
As result of this mistake, the INS placed the Padrons in deferred action.
On July 27, 2000, the Subcommittee on Immigration and Claims met in open session and ordered favorably reported the bill H.R. 3414, 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. 3414 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. 3414. 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