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House Subcommittee Approves Bill to Deny Visas in Delinquent Child Support Cases

The House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and Claims on May 2 approved, by voice vote, a bill (H.R. 4597) that would deny visas and entry into the United States to foreign nationals who owe more than $2,500 in child support. The measure, sponsored by Rep. Benjamin Cardin (D-MD), also would prevent these individuals from being naturalized until they met their child support orders.

In a press release, Rep. Cardin stated, “Current law does not provide for an effective, legal means for dealing with foreign nationals who are delinquent in their child support.” Similar laws are in effect for U.S. citizens who are delinquent in child support payments.

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