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H.R. 2920 (eh) To amend the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 to modify the requirements for implementation of an entry- exit control system. ...


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                  In the Senate of the United States,

                                                         July 30, 1998.
      Resolved, That the bill from the House of Representatives (H.R. 
2920) entitled ``An Act to amend the Illegal Immigration Reform and 
Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 to modify the requirements for 
implementation of an entry-exit control system.'', do pass with the 
following

                               AMENDMENT:

            Strike out all after the enacting clause and insert:

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

    This Act may be cited as the ``Border Improvement and Immigration 
Act of 1998''.

SEC. 2. AMENDMENT OF THE ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION REFORM AND IMMIGRANT 
              RESPONSIBILITY ACT OF 1996.

    (a) In General.--Section 110(a) of the Illegal Immigration Reform 
and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 (8 U.S.C. 1221 note) is 
amended to read as follows:
    ``(a) System.--
            ``(1) In general.--Subject to paragraph (2), not later than 
        2 years after the date of enactment of this Act, the Attorney 
        General shall develop an automated entry and exit control 
        system that will--
                    ``(A) collect a record of departure for every alien 
                departing the United States and match the record of 
                departure with the record of the alien's arrival in the 
                United States; and
                    ``(B) enable the Attorney General to identify, 
                through on-line searching procedures, lawfully admitted 
                nonimmigrants who remain in the United States beyond 
                the period authorized by the Attorney General.
            ``(2) Exception.--The system under paragraph (1) shall not 
        collect a record of arrival or departure--
                    ``(A) at a land border or seaport of the United 
                States for any alien; or
                    ``(B) for any alien for whom the documentary 
                requirements in section 212(a)(7)(B) of the Immigration 
                and Nationality Act have been waived by the Attorney 
                General and the Secretary of State under section 
                212(d)(4)(B) of the Immigration and Nationality Act.''.
    (b) Effective Date.--The amendment made by subsection (a) shall 
take effect as if included in the enactment of the Illegal Immigration 
Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 (division C of Public 
Law 104-208; 110 Stat. 3009-546).

SEC. 3. REPORT ON AUTOMATED ENTRY-EXIT CONTROL SYSTEM.

    (a) Requirement.--Not later than 1 year after the date of enactment 
of this Act, the Attorney General shall submit a report to the 
Committees on the Judiciary of the Senate and the House of 
Representatives on the feasibility of developing and implementing an 
automated entry-exit control system that would collect a record of 
departure for every alien departing the United States and match the 
record of departure with the record of the alien's arrival in the 
United States, including departures and arrivals at the land borders 
and seaports of the United States.
    (b) Contents of Report.--Such report shall--
            (1) assess the costs and feasibility of various means of 
        operating such an automated entry-exit control system, 
        including exploring--
                    (A) how, if the automated entry-exit control system 
                were limited to certain aliens arriving at airports, 
                departure records of those aliens could be collected 
                when they depart through a land border or seaport; and
                    (B) the feasibility of the Attorney General, in 
                consultation with the Secretary of State, negotiating 
                reciprocal agreements with the governments of 
                contiguous countries to collect such information on 
                behalf of the United States and share it in an 
                acceptable automated format;
            (2) consider the various means of developing such a system, 
        including the use of pilot projects if appropriate, and assess 
        which means would be most appropriate in which geographical 
        regions;
            (3) evaluate how such a system could be implemented without 
        increasing border traffic congestion and border crossing delays 
        and, if any such system would increase border crossing delays, 
        evaluate to what extent such congestion or delays would 
        increase; and
            (4) estimate the length of time that would be required for 
        any such system to be developed and implemented.

SEC. 4. ANNUAL REPORTS ON ENTRY-EXIT CONTROL AND USE OF ENTRY-EXIT 
              CONTROL DATA.

    (a) Annual Reports on Implementation of Entry-Exit Control at 
Airports.--Not later than 30 days after the end of each fiscal year 
until the fiscal year in which Attorney General certifies to Congress 
that the entry-exit control system required by section 110(a) of the 
Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996, as 
amended by section 2 of this Act, has been developed, the Attorney 
General shall submit to the Committees on the Judiciary of the Senate 
and the House of Representatives a report that--
            (1) provides an accurate assessment of the status of the 
        development of the entry-exit control system;
            (2) includes a specific schedule for the development of the 
        entry-exit control system that the Attorney General anticipates 
        will be met; and
            (3) includes a detailed estimate of the funding, if any, 
        needed for the development of the entry-exit control system.
    (b) Annual Reports on Visa Overstays Identified Through the Entry-
Exit Control System.--Not later than June 30 of each year, the Attorney 
General shall submit to the Committees on the Judiciary of the House of 
Representatives and the Senate a report that sets forth--
            (1) the number of arrival records of aliens and the number 
        of departure records of aliens that were collected during the 
        preceding fiscal year under the entry-exit control system under 
        section 110(a) of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant 
        Responsibility Act of 1996, as so amended, with a separate 
        accounting of such numbers by country of nationality;
            (2) the number of departure records of aliens that were 
        successfully matched to records of such aliens' prior arrival 
        in the United States, with a separate accounting of such 
        numbers by country of nationality and by classification as 
        immigrant or nonimmigrant; and
            (3) the number of aliens who arrived as nonimmigrants, or 
        as visitors under the visa waiver program under section 217 of 
        the Immigration and Nationality Act, for whom no matching 
        departure record has been obtained through the system, or 
        through other means, as of the end of such aliens' authorized 
        period of stay, with an accounting by country of nationality 
        and approximate date of arrival in the United States.
    (c) Incorporation into Other Databases.--Information regarding 
aliens who have remained in the United States beyond their authorized 
period of stay that is identified through the system referred to in 
subsection (a) shall be integrated into appropriate databases of the 
Immigration and Naturalization Service and the Department of State, 
including those used at ports-of-entry and at consular offices.

SEC. 5. BORDER CROSSING-RELATED VISAS.

    (a) Waiver of Fees for Certain Visas.--
            (1) Requirement.--Notwithstanding any other provision of 
        law, the Secretary of State or the Attorney General may waive 
        all or part of any fee or fees for the processing of any 
        application for the issuance of a combined border crossing 
        identification card and nonimmigrant visa under section 
        101(a)(15)(B) of the Immigration and Nationality Act where the 
        application is made in Mexico on behalf of a Mexican national 
        under 15 years old at the time of application.
            (2) Period of validity of visas.--
                    (A) In general.--Except as provided in subparagraph 
                (B), if the fee for a combined border crossing card and 
                nonimmigrant visa issued under section 101(a)(15)(B) of 
                the Immigration and Nationality Act has been waived 
                under paragraph (1) for a child under 15 years of age, 
                the visa shall be issued to expire on the earlier of--
                            (i) the date that is 10 years after the 
                        date of issuance; or
                            (ii) the date on which the child attains 
                        the age of 15.
                    (B) Exception.--At the request of the parent or 
                guardian of any alien under 15 years of age otherwise 
                covered by subparagraph (A), the Secretary of State or 
                the Attorney General may charge a fee for the 
                processing of an application of the issuance of a 
                combined border crossing card and nonimmigrant visa 
                under section 101(a)(15)(B) of the Immigration and 
                Nationality Act provided that the visa is issued to 
                expire as of the same date as is usually provided for 
                visas issued under that section.
            (3) Level of fees.--Notwithstanding any other provision of 
        law, fees authorized pursuant to section 140(a) of the Foreign 
        Relations Authorization Act, Fiscal Years 1994 and 1995 (8 
        U.S.C. 1351 note) may be set at a level that will ensure 
        recovery of the full cost to the Department of State of 
        providing machine readable nonimmigrant visas and machine 
        readable combined border crossing identification cards and 
        nonimmigrant visas, including the cost of such combined cards 
        and visas for which the fee is waived pursuant to this 
        subsection.
    (b) Modified Schedule for Implementation of Border Crossing 
Restrictions.--
            (1) Modified schedule.--Paragraph (2) of section 104(b) of 
        the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act 
        of 1996 (division C of Public Law 104-208; 110 Stat. 3009-555; 
        8 U.S.C. 1101 note) is amended to read as follows:
            ``(2) Clause b.--Clause (B) of such sentence shall apply to 
        the extent that inspections personnel and technology in 
        operation at the port of entry can verify information from the 
        card. For the replacement of existing border crossing 
        identification cards, clause (B) of such sentence shall apply 
        in accordance with the timetable as follows:
                    ``(A) As of October 1, 2000, to not less than 25 
                percent of the border crossing identification cards in 
                circulation as of April 1, 1998.
                    ``(B) As of October 1, 2001, to not less than 50 
                percent of such cards in circulation as of April 1, 
                1998.
                    ``(C) As of October 1, 2002, to not less than 75 
                percent of such cards in circulation as of April 1, 
                1998.
                    ``(D) As of October 1, 2003, to all such cards in 
                circulation as of April 1, 1998.''.
            (2) Earlier deadlines.--Such section 104(b) is further 
        amended by adding at the end the following:
            ``(3) Earlier deadlines.--If the Secretary of State and the 
        Attorney General jointly determine that sufficient capacity 
        exists to replace border crossing identification cards in 
        advance of any of the deadlines otherwise provided for under 
        paragraph (2), the Secretary and the Attorney General may by 
        regulation advance such deadlines.''.
    (c) Processing in Mexican Border Cities.--The Secretary of State 
shall continue, until at least October 1, 2000, to process applications 
for visas under section 101(a)(15)(B) of the Immigration and 
Nationality Act at the following cities in Mexico located near the 
international border with the United States: Nogales, Nuevo Laredo, 
Ciudad Acuna, Piedras Negras, Agua Prieta, and Reynosa.

SEC. 6. AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS FOR BORDER CONTROL AND 
              ENFORCEMENT ACTIVITIES OF THE IMMIGRATION AND 
              NATURALIZATION SERVICE.

    (a) Authorization.--In order to enhance enforcement and inspection 
resources on the land borders of the United States, enhance 
investigative resources for anticorruption efforts and efforts against 
drug smuggling and money-laundering organizations, reduce commercial 
and passenger traffic waiting times, and open all primary lanes during 
peak hours at major land border ports of entry on the Southwest and 
Northern land borders of the United States, in addition to any other 
amounts appropriated, there are authorized to be appropriated for 
salaries, expenses, and equipment for the Immigration and 
Naturalization Service for purposes of carrying out this section--
            (1) $119,604,000 for fiscal year 1999;
            (2) $123,064,000 for fiscal year 2000; and
            (3) such sums as may be necessary in each fiscal year 
        thereafter.
    (b) Use of Certain Fiscal Year 1999 Funds.--Of the amounts 
authorized to be appropriated under subsection (a)(1) for fiscal year 
1999 for the Immigration and Naturalization Service, $19,090,000 shall 
be available until expended for acquisition and other expenses 
associated with implementation and full deployment of narcotics 
enforcement and other technology along the land borders of the United 
States, including--
            (1) $11,000,000 for 5 mobile truck x-rays with transmission 
        and backscatter imaging to be distributed to border patrol 
        checkpoints and in secondary inspection areas of land border 
        ports-of-entry;
            (2) $200,000 for 10 ultrasonic container inspection units 
        to be distributed to border patrol checkpoints and in secondary 
        inspection areas of land border ports-of-entry;
            (3) $240,000 for 10 Portable Treasury Enforcement 
        Communications System (TECS) terminals to be distributed to 
        border patrol checkpoints;
            (4) $5,000,000 for 20 remote watch surveillance camera 
        systems to be distributed to border patrol checkpoints and at 
        secondary inspection areas of land border ports-of-entry;
            (5) $180,000 for 36 AM radio ``Welcome to the United 
        States'' stations located at permanent border patrol 
        checkpoints and at secondary inspection areas of land border 
        ports-of-entry;
            (6) $875,000 for 36 spotter camera systems located at 
        permanent border patrol checkpoints and at secondary inspection 
        areas of land border ports-of-entry; and
            (7) $1,600,000 for 40 narcotics vapor and particle 
        detectors to be distributed to border patrol checkpoints and at 
        secondary inspection areas of land border ports-of-entry.
    (c) Use of Certain Funds after Fiscal Year 1999.--Of the amounts 
authorized to be appropriated under paragraphs (2) and (3) of 
subsection (a) for the Immigration and Naturalization Service for 
fiscal year 2000 and each fiscal year thereafter, $4,773,000 shall be 
for the maintenance and support of the equipment and training of 
personnel to maintain and support the equipment described in subsection 
(b), based on an estimate of 25 percent of the cost of such equipment.
    (d) Use of Funds for New Technologies.--
            (1) In general.--The Attorney General may use the amounts 
        authorized to be appropriated for equipment under this section 
        for equipment other than the equipment specified in subsection 
        (b) if such other equipment--
                    (A)(i) is technologically superior to the equipment 
                specified in subsection (b); and
                    (ii) will achieve at least the same results at a 
                cost that is the same or less than the equipment 
                specified in subsection (b); or
                    (B) can be obtained at a lower cost than the 
                equipment authorized in subsection (b).
            (2) Transfer of funds.--Notwithstanding any other provision 
        of this section, the Attorney General may reallocate an amount 
        not to exceed 10 percent of the amount specified in paragraphs 
        (1) through (7) of subsection (b) for any other equipment 
        specified in subsection (b).
    (e) Peak Hours and Investigative Resource Enhancement.--Of the 

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