On December 20, 2019, President Donald Trump signed the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020 (S. 1790). Immigration-related provisions include:

  • The ability for certain Liberians who have been in the United States since November 20, 2014, to adjust status. The new law is expected to include more than 4,000 Liberians and their spouses, children, and unmarried adult children. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services said it will accept such applications until December 20, 2020, under the new “Liberian Refugee Immigration Fairness (LRIF)” program.
  • Parole-in-place for service members and their families on a case-by-case basis.
  • The addition of 4,000 more visas under the Special Immigrant Visa Program for Afghan interpreters who worked with the U.S. military.
  • Protection for temporary protected status (TPS) and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients from being separated involuntarily from the U.S. Armed Forces.
  • $1.38 billion toward President Trump’s border wall.

Details: Bill text, https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/senate-bill/1790/text; USCIS LRIF announcement, https://www.uscis.gov/news/alerts/uscis-begins-accepting-green-card-applications-under-liberian-refugee-immigration-fairness; USCIS LRIF page, https://www.uscis.gov/green-card/other-ways-get-green-card/liberian-refugee-immigration-fairness