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H.R. 6997 - Repatriation Assistance Act of 2018

Introduced: 2018-09-28
Bill Status: Referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs, and in addition to the Committee on Homeland Security, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.
 
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115th CONGRESS
2d Session
H. R. 6997


    To amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to authorize provision to a foreign government of financial assistance for foreign country operations to address individuals who may pose a national security, border security, or terrorist threat to the United States before such a threat reaches the United States, and for other purposes.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

September 28, 2018

    Mr. McCaul introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs, and in addition to the Committee on Homeland Security, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned


A BILL

    To amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to authorize provision to a foreign government of financial assistance for foreign country operations to address individuals who may pose a national security, border security, or terrorist threat to the United States before such a threat reaches the United States, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the “Repatriation Assistance Act of 2018”.

SEC. 2. Provision of homeland security assistance to foreign governments for certain foreign country operations.

(a) In general.—Subtitle C of title IV of the Homeland Security Act of 2002 (6 U.S.C. 231 et seq.) is amended by adding at the end the following new section:

“SEC. 435. Homeland security assistance.

“(a) In general.—The Secretary, with the concurrence of the Secretary of State, may provide to a foreign government financial assistance for foreign country operations to address individuals who may pose a national security, border security, or terrorist threat to the United States before such a threat reaches the United States.

“(b) Determination.—Assistance provided under subsection (a) may be provided if such assistance would enhance the recipient government’s capacity to mitigate a threat described in such subsection, including through related detention or removal operations by the recipient government and procedures to screen and provide protection for certain individuals, as appropriate.

“(c) Reimbursement of expenses.—The Secretary may, if appropriate, seek reimbursement from the receiving foreign government for the provision of financial assistance under this section.

“(d) Effective period.—The authority provided under this section shall remain in effect until September 30, 2023.

“(e) Development and program execution.—The Secretary and the Secretary of State shall jointly develop and implement any financial assistance under this section.

“(f) Rule of construction.—Nothing in this section may be construed as affecting, augmenting, or diminishing the authority of the Secretary of State.”.

(b) Clerical amendment.—The table of contents in section 1(b) of the Homeland Security Act of 2002 is amended by inserting after the item relating to section 434 the following new item:

“Sec. 435. Homeland Security assistance.”.


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