Annual Refugee Consultation: Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Immigration and Refugee Policy of the Committee on the Judiciary, United States Senate, Ninety-Eighth Congress, First Session on Oversight Hearing to Review the Process of This Year's Refugee Resettlement Program, Focusing on the Consultation Process in Providing Asylum to Persons Fleeing Political Persecution, September 26, 1983   [open pdf - 2MB]

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 have our refugee consultation here. Certainly in a very real sense, the United States demonstrates its commitment to freedom and the inherent dignity of the individual through a most generous refugee program providing a haven to those people who are singled out for persecution by their own governments. The traditional generosity of the American people, I think, is richly illustrated by the leadership role this Nation has assumed, both in the resettlement in the United States of victims of persecution, and certainly by providing humanitarian assistance for refugees throughout the world. As chairman of this Subcommittee on Immigration and Refugee Policy, I want to reaffirm that commitment to assist those refugees who are of special humanitarian concern to the United States. But obviously, we cannot accept for permanent resettlement all of those persons fleeing from governments whose standards of freedom do not match our own. But we can and should continue to do our fair share in addressing the plight of the world's refugees. And I think we can most effectively render assistance by providing care and maintenance funds, and services to countries of first asylum until the refugees can return to their homes, and by directing our foreign policy initiatives to both address and avoid the root causes of refugee situations." Materials for the record include those of the following: Edward J. Derwinski, H. Eugene Douglas, Mark Hatfield, Phillip N. Hawkes, Alan Nelson, James Purcell, and William French Smith.

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S. Hrg. 98-677; Senate Hearing 98-677; Serial No. J-98-69
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