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[Congressional Record: March 5, 2001 (Senate)]
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STATEMENTS ON INTRODUCED BILLS AND JOINT RESOLUTIONS
By Mrs. FEINSTEIN:
S. 453. A bill for the relief of Denes and Gyorgyi Fulop; to the
Committee on the Judiciary.
Mrs. FEINSTEIN. Mr. President, I am pleased to offer today,
legislation to provide lawful permanent residence status to Denes and
Gyorgyi Fulop, Hungarian nationals who have lived in California for
more than 18 years. The Fulops are the parents of six United States
citizen children. Today, they face deportation.
The Fulop's story is a compelling one; one I believe merits Congress'
consideration for humanitarian relief. In May of last year, the Fulops
suffered the loss of their eldest child, Robert ``Bobby'' Fulop, an
accomplished 15-year-old teenager who died suddenly of a heart
aneurism. Bobby was considered the shining star in his family. He was
very bright and very helpful to his parents.
That same year the Fulop's six-year-old daughter, Elizabeth, was
diagnosed with moderate pulmonary stenosis, a potentially life-
threatening heart condition. Not long ago, she underwent heart surgery.
I am pleased to report that she is doing much better.
Compounding this unfortunate series of events is the fact that,
today, the Fulops face deportation. They face deportation, in part,
because in 1995 they went back to Hungary and stayed for more than 90
days. Under the pre-1996 immigration laws, their stay in Hungary would
not have been a factor in their deportation and they would have
qualified for adjustment to lawful permanent resident status.
Indeed, in 1996, Mr. and Mrs. Fulop applied to the Immigration and
Naturalization Service, INS, for permanent resident status. The INS did
not interview them until 1998. By the time the INS had processed their
application, the new 1996 immigration laws had taken effect, which
barred from relief long-term resident aliens who traveled outside the
U.S. for more than 90 days.
One cannot help but conclude that had the INS acted on their
application for relief from deportation in a more timely manner, the
Fulops would have qualified for suspension of deportation under the
pre-1996 laws, given that they are long-term residents of the U.S. with
U.S. citizen children.
This is a tragic situation. The rules of the game were changed in the
middle of the Fulop's application for permanent residence, and because
the INS failed to process their application in a timely fashion they
are now facing deportation. The Fulop's children, who are United States
citizens, were not included in the deportation order. But because they
are minors they would likely have to follow their parents to Hungary.
Growing up in the American school system, the Fulop children are not
able to read or write the Hungarian language, and I believe that
forcing them to leave the only country they have known would pose an
extreme hardship for them.
It is my hope that Congress sees fit to provide an opportunity for
this family to remain together in the United States.
I ask unanimous consent that the text of the bill be printed in the
There being no objection, the bill was ordered to be printed in the
Record, as follows:
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of
the United States of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. PERMANENT RESIDENT STATUS FOR DENES AND GYORGYI
(a) In General.--Notwithstanding subsections (a) and (b) of
section 201 of the Immigration and Nationality Act, Denes and
Gyorgyi Fulop shall be eligible for issuance of immigrant
visas or for adjustment of status to that of aliens lawfully
admitted for permanent residence upon filing an application
for issuance of immigrant visas under section 204 of such Act
or for adjustment of status to lawful permanent resident.
(b) Adjustment of Status.--If Denes Fulop or Gyorgyi Fulop
enters the United States before the filing deadline specified
in subsection (c), the alien shall be considered to have
entered and remained lawfully and shall, if otherwise
eligible, be eligible for adjustment of status under section
245 of the Immigration and Nationality Act as of the date of
enactment of this Act.
(c) Deadline for Application and Payment of Fees.--
Subsections (a) and (b) shall apply only if the application
for issuance of immigrant visas or the application for
adjustment of status are filed with appropriate fees within 2
years after the date of enactment of this Act.
(d) Reduction of Immigrant Visa Numbers.--Upon the granting
of immigrant visas or permanent residence to Denes and
Gyorgyi Fulop, the Secretary of State shall instruct the
proper officer to reduce by the appropriate number, during
the current or next following fiscal year, the total number
of immigrant visas that are made available to natives of the
country of the aliens' birth under section 203(a) of the
Immigration and Nationality Act or, if applicable, the total
number of immigrant visas that are made available to natives
of the country of the aliens' birth under section 202(e) of
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