Little legislative action on immigration is expected to take place during the week beginning May 25, 2020.. The Senate is out of town for its week-long Memorial Day recess, leaving the House behind for a workweek that is abbreviated by Memorial Day on Monday and a quick exit upon the close of business on Thursday.
In all, from the perspective of those interested in immigration, refugee, homeland security, or human trafficking policy, the week's schedule includes two hearings or briefings (both occurring in the House), no markups, and just one scheduled floor action (also occurring in the House) on matters of consequence.
If, as many expect, when the Court renders its decision it permits the Administration to end DACA, that likely will set off a pitched political battle in Congress as immigration advocates pressure the Senate to act on legislation to provide relief to a sympathetic group of migrants, many of whom were brought to the United States through no fault of their own and have lived most of their lives in the United States.
The House of Representatives last year passed H.R. 6, the "American Dream and Promise Act of 2019", which would provide relief to DACA beneficiaries, as well as to individuals in the United States who have received protection under Temporary Protected Status (TPS) orders. However, most Republican senators have avoided taking a position on the bill, with some suggesting they could only support very limited relief for DACA beneficiaries at the price of ending most family-based legal immigration to the United States.
SCOTUS decisions are generally handed down on Mondays (except on federal holidays, such as Memorial Day), and are typically completed by the end of June, although the schedule this year could be impacted by coronavirus.
- Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act of 2020: The full House of Representatives is scheduled to take up S. 3744, the "Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act of 2020",
- Hearing on Impact of COVID-19 on Communities of Color: The House Committee on Ways and Means has scheduled a hearing for this week on "The Disproportionate Impact of COVID-19 on Communities of Color."
- Hearing on Protecting Workers from COVID-19: The House Committee on Education and Labor has scheduled a hearing for this week to on "Examining the Federal Government’s Actions to Protect Workers from COVID-19."