Senator Lautenberg (D-NJ) Announces That He Won't Run for Re-Election
Posted on Thu, Feb 21, 2013 at 10:19 am
Last week, Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) announced that he will not seek another term in the U.S. Senate. The son of immigrants himself, Senator Lautenberg has championed legislation that has created a safe escape route to freedom for thousands of members of persecuted religious minorities. The Lautenberg Amendment, originally enacted as part of the 1990 Foreign Operations Appropriations Bill, established a presumption of eligibility for refugee status for certain categories of people from the former Soviet Union (FSU) and Southeast Asia seeking to resettle in the U.S. Today, the Lautenberg Amendment mostly serves to facilitate the resettlement of Jews, Christians, Baha'is, and other religious minorities fleeing Iran. Learn more.