Rep. Ellison Introduces Refugee Admissions Reform Bill
Posted on Thu, Oct 04, 2012 at 12:52 pm
Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) recently introduced the "Strengthening Refugee Resettlement Act," which would reform the refugee resettlement program by bringing it up-to-date to meet the needs of refugees and the U.S. communities that welcome them. By streamlining refugee processing and ensuring coordination among the government agencies involved in refugee resettlement, the bill would help the U.S. respond to emergencies and offer safe haven to refugees without unnecessarily prolonging the admissions process. The bill also would build on successful programs that provide refugees with English language classes while they are waiting abroad to be processed, help refugees obtain professional certifications for which they are qualified, and help ensure that refugees are provided with mental health counseling if needed. These measures would help refugees to more quickly become self-sufficient and fully integrated into American society, benefiting not only refugees, but the communities in the U.S. where they are rebuilding their lives. Read more.