Refugee Act Reauthorization: Admissions and Resettlement Issues [November 22, 1983] [open pdf - 1MB]
"The Refugee Act of 1980 (P.L. 96-212; 94 Stat. 102) was enacted Mar. 17, 1980, as a major amendment to the basic U.S. immigration law, the Immigration and Nationality Act, as amended (8 U.S.C. 1101, et seq.). The Refugee Act has two basic purposes: (1) to provide a procedure for the annual admission of refugees into the United States, and for their admission in emergency situations; and (2) to authorize Federal assistance to resettle refugees admitted to the United States and to promote their self-sufficiency. The intent of the legislation was to end an ad hoc approach to refugee admissions and resettlement that had characterized U.S. refugee policy since World War II."
CRS Issue Brief for Congress, IB83060