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Refugee Act

Governors Have No Right to Exclude Syrian Refugees

Marjorie Cohn | Posted 11.20.2016 | Politics
Marjorie Cohn

While states cannot refuse to admit refugees, they may make resettlement more onerous by denying resources, including housing assistance, to the federal government. If governors tried to block certain categories of refugees, they would be vulnerable to discrimination lawsuits.

In the War on Poverty, Don't Forget Refugees

Jill Koyama, Ph.D. | Posted 03.25.2014 | Politics
Jill Koyama, Ph.D.

While the Act directs the Office of Refugee Resettlement to provide all refugees with English language education, this rarely happens because of a lack of universal funding to local resettlement agencies that provide the education.

Protecting Refugees: an American Commitment and Tradition

Elisa Massimino | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Elisa Massimino

This week marks the 30th anniversary of the Refugee Act of 1980, a landmark piece of legislation that changed the U.S. approach to refugee protection ...

The Refugee Act: More Reason to Celebrate Ted Kennedy's Legacy

Sen. John Kerry | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Sen. John Kerry

Despite our own trying times, on this day, we should again remember that it is the unique spirit of America that reminds us that when we take in the tired, hungry and poor.