There is much-needed legislation pending in the Senate that would help ensure the United States protects refugees fleeing political, religious, ethnic and other forms of persecution. A bill sponsored by Senators Patrick Leahy, Carl Levin, Richard Durbin, Daniel Akaka, and Roland Burris–the Refugee Protection Act of 2010 (S. 3113)–will reestablish the U.S. commitment to refugees.
It’s an opportune time–30 years after the signing of the Refugee Act of 1980, the groundbreaking piece of legislation that affirmed the U.S. commitment to refugee protection by establishing the legal framework for the U.S. asylum and refugee resettlement systems. In recent years, that commitment has been fading and the framework has been eroded. It’s time to set it right!
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P.S. This is an important piece of legislation, especially in regard to Iraqi refugees who have supported our troops by being translators, guides, consultants and now face danger in their homeland for doing so.