Requires DHS Secretary and GAO Comptroller General to jointly certify that these triggers are met before Registered Provisional Immigrants (RPI) can adjust to Lawful Permanent Resident (“green card”) status:
100% Situational Awareness – monitoring capability at every segment of Southern border.
Full Operational Control – defined as at least a 90% apprehension rate1 along Southern border
Biometric Exit System – fully operational and in use at all air and sea ports of entry to which U.S. Customs and Border Protection is currently deployed; retains current law for land ports
Nationwide E-Verify System – must be implemented (identical to S.744)
Mandates that DHS deploy newly defined border security metrics to gauge success or failure.
Requires DHS to issue a Southern Border Security Strategy within 120 days to achieve operational control of every sector of the Southern border, and a 50 percent wait-time reduction at land ports of entry.
Authorizes supplemental and emergency appropriations to improve border security, including $1 billion per year over 6 years for land port of entry infrastructure improvements and personnel.
Allows DHS to enter into public-private partnerships to reduce port of entry wait times.
Increases the number of Border Patrol and Customs Officers by 10,000 over 5 years.