Legislation Would Represent a Different Approach toward Refugees

Communications Associate

June 30, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C. —On Tuesday, Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nevada) introduced S. 3106, a bill that aims to provide a coordinated regional response to effectively manage the violence and humanitarian crisis in Central America.

The proposed legislation attempts to address immigration from Central America without raids as a primary enforcement tool. It includes reforms to address root causes driving migration from Central American countries; improve cooperation among law enforcement agencies at home and abroad to combat smugglers, cartels and traffickers exploiting children and families; and minimize border crossings.

The legislation speaks to one of the biggest questions our country faces: how to handle people who are seeking refuge at our borders.

On July 11, leaders from the U.S. and Canada will join a National Immigration Forum panel to discuss the policies, programs and politics of refugee resettlement in Canada and the U.S. and will touch on possible reactions to refugee swells and models for resettlement.

“An unprecedented number of people are being forced out of their home countries because of war, violent crime and other threats and persecution,” said Ali Noorani, executive director of the National Immigration Forum. “The women and children fleeing Central America are the latest example.

“We applaud the efforts of the proposed Senate bill S. 3106. Our response to Central American refugees can no longer be, ‘You get here, we will deport you.’ We need a coordinated response to the violence wracking these communities, and the humanitarian crisis it has caused. Protecting women and children from death is not a political talking point, it is one of the most serious humanitarian issues of our time.”