House Bill 5273
116th Congress(2019-2020)
Securing America's Ports Act
Became Law
Became Law
Became Public Law 116-299 on Jan 5, 2021
Nov 26, 2019
Latest Action
Jan 5, 2021
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Primary focus of measure is administration of immigration and naturalization matters; immigration enforcement procedures; refugees and asylum policies; travel and residence documentation; foreign labor; benefits for immigrants. Measures concerning smuggling and trafficking of persons may fall under Crime and Law Enforcement policy area. Measures concerning refugees may fall under International Affairs policy area.
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Senate Votes (1)
February 10, 2020
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Passed/agreed to in House: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.

Securing America's Ports Act

This bill requires the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to report to Congress a plan to scan all commercial and passenger vehicles entering the United States at a land port of entry using large-scale non-intrusive inspection systems, such as X-ray and gamma-ray imaging systems. The plan shall include elements such as (1) an inventory of such systems currently in use, (2) the estimated costs of achieving a 100% scanning rate, and (3) the anticipated impact that increasing the scanning rate will have on wait times at land ports of entry. DHS shall periodically report to Congress on the progress in implementing the plan.

DHS shall also carry out a pilot program to research and develop technology enhancements to inspection areas at land ports of entry.

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Public Record
Record Created
Nov 27, 2019 8:27:38 AM
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Feb 8, 2022 11:16:20 PM