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Border Enforcement, Security, And Funding Enhancement Act or the BE SAFE Act
This bill requires each alien granted lawful permanent residence to pay a $2,500 fee before receiving a Permanent Resident Card (commonly referred to as the "Green Card"), in addition to any other required fees. The collected funds shall go into the newly established Border Security Enhancement Fund, and may be used to enforce immigration laws and improve immigration-related processes, including (1) constructing border barriers, (2) carrying out enforcement and removal operations, (3) improving infrastructure at border crossings, and (4) verifying the status of student visa holders.


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Border Enforcement, Security, And Funding Enhancement Act
Date: March 4, 2019Official Title: To require all new legal permanent residents to pay an additional fee, which shall be used for improving immigration and enhancing the security of the United States border.Short titlesThis Act may be cited as the "Border Enforcement, Security, And Funding Enhancement Act" or the "BE SAFE Act".Fee authorizedBeginning on the date of the enactment of this Act, each alien granted lawful permanent residence in the United States, before the alien is issued a Permanent Resident Card (commonly referred to as the "Green Card"), shall remit to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, in addition to any fees otherwise required, a fee in an amount equal to $2,500.
  • (1) Establishment There is established in the general fund of the Treasury a separate account, which shall be known as the Border Security Enhancement Fund (referred to in this subsection as the "Fund").
  • (2) Deposits All fees remitted to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services pursuant to subsection (a) shall be deposited into the Fund.
  • (3) Use of funds The President may use amounts from the Fund to facilitate the enforcement of the immigration laws of the United States and to improve immigration-related governmental processes, including by
    • (A) constructing border barriers, border fencing, or a border wall along the United States border;
    • (B) carrying out enforcement, detention, and removal operations for priority removable aliens;
    • (C) disrupting illegal cross border trafficking activity, including human trafficking and the movement of opioids and other narcotics;
    • (D) improving facilities and trade and travel infrastructure at ports of entry and border crossings;
    • (E) reducing visa overstays;
    • (F) verifying the status of all alien students in the United States who have been issued student visas;
    • (G) regularly assessing individuals who have been granted asylum or have been admitted as refugees for indications of terrorism;
    • (H) expanding trusted traveler programs;
    • (I) reducing the immigration court backlog; and
    • (J) deploying a complete biometric entry-exit control system in accordance with section 110 of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 (division C of ; note).