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BE SAFE Act

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1.Short titlesThis Act may be cited as the Border Enforcement, Security, And Funding Enhancement Act or the BE SAFE Act.
2.Immigration improvements and border security enhancements
  • (a)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.
  • (b)Border Security Enhancement Fund
    • (1)EstablishmentThere 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)DepositsAll fees remitted to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services pursuant to subsection (a) shall be deposited into the Fund.
    • (3)Use of fundsThe 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 Public Law 104–208; 8 U.S.C. 1221 note).