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Refugee Act Gets a Hearing

June 15, 2010 - Posted by Maurice Belanger

The Refugee Protection Act of 2010, a bill introduced in the Senate by Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Carl Levin (D-MI), received a hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee on May 19.  Among other things, the bill would eliminate the one-year waiting period before refugees and asylum seekers can apply for permanent residence.  It would also attempt to fix a problem with current law where some refugees and asylum seekers are denied protection because of a broad interpretation of material support and terrorism bars.  Certain vulnerable groups will be eligible for expedited adjudication as refugees.

The Refugee Council USA has information connected to the hearing on its Web site, including a link to the Judiciary Committee Web page about the hearing, witness testimony, and testimony submitted by advocacy groups submitted in support of the act.  You can find it all on their Web site.

For Senator Leahy's press release upon introduction of the legislation, click here.

For the Forum's press release at introduction, click here.

June 20 is World Refugee Day, and there will be events in Washington on June 18th and 20th to celebrate.  

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