Refugee Consultation: Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Immigration and Refugee Policy of the Committee on the Judiciary, United States Senate, Ninety-Seventh Congress, Second Session on Consultation Between Congress and Cabinet-Level Representatives of the President, on the Proposed Refugee Admissions for Fiscal Year 1983, in Accordance with the Provisions of the Refugee Act of 1980, September 29, 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: "I very much appreciate your help and assistance throughout this entire issue of immigration and refugee matters. You have been of immeasurable assistance. So today we are gathered in accordance with the provisions of the Refugee Act of 1980, which calls for a 'consultation between the Congress and Cabinet-level representatives' of the President in setting an annual refugee admission level and we meet today to consult on the proposed admissions for fiscal year 1983. We are committed to providing our assistance to the homeless and persecuted throughout this planet. I think we are very proud of our leadership in that area and Americans have a very fair sense of our love of freedom and our willingness to promote and share that with people throughout the world. But I do not think we can be expected to contribute more to refugee assistance than the rest of the entire world combined. And of the major recent refugee groups seeking permanent resettlement, the United States has accepted the vast majority. We have taken in 70 percent of the Indochinese, over 600,000 since 1973; we have accepted 850,000 of the 1 million Cubans who have fled the Castro regime since the early 1960's; we accept about 75 percent of the Soviet Jews who manage to obtain exit permits from Russia, and we have admitted substantial percentages of the Nicaraguans, the Poles, the Lebanese, the Ethiopians, Iranians, and other nationalities seeking a permanent haven from persecution and that is the American way." Materials submitted for the record include those of the following: "Kenneth W. Dam, H. Eugene Douglas, Alan C. Nelson, William French Smith, and David B. Swoap.

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