Proposed Regulation Changes for Refugee Assistance: Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Immigration and Refugee Policy of the Committee on the Judiciary, United States Senate, Ninety-Seventh Congress, Second Session on Proposed Regulation Changes for Refugee Assistance, February 9, 1982   [open pdf - 3MB]

From the opening statement of the Hon. Alan K. Simpson, a U.S. Senator from the State of Wyoming, Chairman, Subcommittee on Immigration and Refugee Policy: "We focus today on proposed changes to current regulations on Federal reimbursement to the States for cash and medical assistance related to refugee resettlement. I very much welcome the participation of my good colleague from Oregon, Senator Mark Hatfield, who is chairman of the Committee on Appropriations. This issue is a matter of grave concern and interest to him as well as many other Senators. This active and regular consultation process between the executive and legislative branches is important to us in determining not only the level of refugee admissions to the United States but also in promulgating the principles related to refugee resettlement which are expressed in the Refugee Act. It is in this oversight capacity, then, that we take the opportunity to hear the testimony of the Department of Health and Human Services as it relates to the regulatory changes proposed by the administration, as well as to listen to the commentary of representatives of the State and local government agencies which will be most critically affected by those changes. Refugee resettlement is a challenging and difficult task and, as stated in the Refugee Act, requires cooperation among the Congress and various executive agencies. Each has its own unique role to play. It is clear that the proposed changes in regulation represent, hopefully, a step toward greater equity between refugees and citizens in terms of eligibility for assistance programs. This is an important factor which I stressed during the fiscal year 1982 refugee consultation as a most necessary step in alleviating community tensions which arise from this discrepancy." Materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Jerry Burns, Alan J. Gibbs, Phillip N. Hawkes, John F. Herrity, Le Xuan Khoa, Wells C. Klein, Susan G. Levy, Librado Perez, and David Pingree.

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