Urge Congress to Protect Refugees in Immigration Reform
Improvements to the refugee resettlement program must be part of immigration reform legislation.
The Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act (S. 744) includes provisions that would improve the lives of refugees, asylum seekers, and stateless persons. The bill would eliminate the one-year filing deadline for asylum applications, reunite many vulnerable refugee families, and improve access to justice for refugees, asylees, unaccompanied children, stateless persons, Iraqi and Afghan Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) recipients, and persecuted groups of humanitarian concern.
As early as June 10th, the Senate will be considering amendments on this bipartisan immigration reform bill, including those that would impact refugees, asylees, and other vulnerable populations. All Senators need to hear from refugees, volunteers, staff, and community members in their states who care about these provisions.