Haitian Refugee Immigration Fairness Act: Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Immigration of the Committee on the Judiciary, United States Senate, One Hundred Fifth Congress, First Session on Examining Legislation That Will Provide Relief for Haitian Refugees, December 17, 1997   [open pdf - 2MB]

From the opening statement of Orrin G. Hatch: "First of all, in 1996 we passed legislation, the illegal immigration bill, which was designed to address a variety of specific problems with respect to illegal immigration. I believe many aspects of the legislation were very appropriate, and I think we're beginning to gain some positive benefits from that. Unfortunately, various sections of that legislation, woven together, whether it was the design or not of people who voted for the legislation in total, have had some perverse impacts on a variety of different fronts that have been, as a consequence, issues to be addressed by those of us in the 105th Congress. The combination of the changes to the suspension of deportation procedures and the cap of 4,000 per year on those who could be suspended and adjusted, was together a very devastating set of procedures with regard to people who had been in various processes seeking to have their status adjusted here in the United States." Materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Spencer Abraham, John Conyers, Jr., Peggy Demon, Lincoln Diaz-Balart, Bob Graham, Cheryl Little, Louiciana Miclisse, Alex Panelas, Grover Joseph Rees, Nestillia Robergeau, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Miraan Sa, and Thomas G. Wenski. Also included are letters to Senator Abraham and the prepared statement of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

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S. Hrg. 105-485; Senate Hearing 105-485; Serial No. J-105-71
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