Part of my duty as your Congressman is to introduce legislation that benefits the people of Georgia’s Tenth Congressional District and our Nation. This week, I introduced two new measures: the Fairness in Firearms Testing Act and the Nuclear Family Priority Act.
As many of you may know, I am a proud member of the National Rifle Association of America, a lifelong sportsman, and a gun owner. I strongly believe that our Second Amendment right to bear arms is one of the most fundamental and important rights laid out in the Constitution. This tenet allows every citizen the basic right to protect themselves, their families, and their property.
Part of the protection of this right is ensuring that the agencies responsible for the testing of firearms, like the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), have clear guidelines in place. Currently, a lack of uniformity, and occasionally unfair procedures for firearms testing, end up punishing many firearms manufacturers. My bill, the Fairness in Firearms Testing Act, would require the ATF to make video recordings of the testing and examination of firearms and ammunition and would prohibit the agency from editing or erasing these recordings. This will ensure that video documentation – often used by gun makers to contest and review testing decisions – exists and brings greater uniformity and transparency to this process.
The second bill I introduced this week, the Nuclear Family Priority Act, would take crucial steps to reform an antiquated immigration selection process and prioritize keeping nuclear families intact. This addresses the phenomenon known as “chain migration,” a practice by which an immigrant who has arrived legally in our country is able to sponsor extended family members – often very extended – for visas.
Right now, “chain migration” allows one immigrant to serve as the basis for dozens or even hundreds of other legal immigrants in a 15-year period simply due to extended family ties. Chain migration is the trend that has caused legal immigration into the United States to spike from around 250,000 per year in the 1950s and 1960s to the more than 1 million annually today.
My legislation would reduce the number of family-sponsored immigrants by eliminating the extended family visa categories for adult siblings and adult children, thereby ending chain migration and allowing us to prioritize nuclear families’ spouses and minor children of both naturalized citizens and lawful permanent residents. The Nuclear Family Priority Act would ensure immediate families can stay together while also protecting the interests of our Nation.
The Fairness in Firearms Testing Act and the Nuclear Family Priority Act are both practical and commonsense solutions. While the measures have been referred to the House Judiciary Committee, I am hopeful that they will be considered in the coming year.
The Honorable Jody Hice represents Georgia’s 10th District in the U.S. House of Representatives. He is a member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee