Proceedings Touching on Immigration Matters
Scheduled for the Coming Week
No floor action on measures touching on immigration law or policy is anticipated in either the House or the Senate during the week beginning June 15, 2020; the full U..S. House of Representatives will not be in legislative session during this period, and while the full Senate will be in session, its work will involve the consideration of a public lands bill and the consideration of several presidential nominations.
In addition to the immigration-related legislative business in committees that is scheduled to take place during the coming week, immigration stakeholders and policymakers are looking forward to action that could come at any time on several matters that are outside of Congress's purview but, rather, in the hands of either the Supreme Court of the United States or the President:
- SCOTUS Decision on DACA. a decision by the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) on the legality of President Trump's efforts to end the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program could be revealed as soon as this week, but almost certainly will be revealed before the end of June..
- Suspension of Immigration. The President is likely this month to decide whether his Administration will renew, revise, or let expire the 60 day-long suspension of most immigration to the United States that he initiated in late April.
- Uyghur Human Rights Bill. The President must decide this week whether to sign or veto a bill that Congress has sent him regarding human rights in China,
- COVID-19 Legislation. Negotiations could begin late this month between the White House, the Republican-controlled Senate, and the Democratic-controlled House over the next phase of COVID-19 relief legislation.
- Regular FY '21 Appropriations Bills. While not scheduled for the coming week, the Senate could as soon as the following week take the beginning steps in producing the 12 regular fiscal year 2021 appropriations bills, including the four that appropriate funds for the federal government's immigration- and refugee-related agencies, programs, functions, and activities. The House is not expected to begin to move its versions of those bills until the week beginning July 6, 2020.
- Markup of the "Justice in Policing Act of 2020": The House Committee on the Judiciary is scheduled to mark up H.R. 7120, the "Justice in Policing Act of 2020".
- Hearing on Customs and Border Protection Oversight: The House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Oversight, Management, and Accountability has scheduled a hearing for this week titled, "Business as Usual? Assessing How DHS Can Resume Operations Safely.
- Hearing on Worker/Family Tax Relief During COVID-19: The House Ways and Means Select Revenue Measures Subcommittee has scheduled a hearing for this week titled, "Tax Relief to Support Workers and Families during the COVID-19 Recession.