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OCA is Deeply Disappointed with the Passage of Anti-Refugee H.R. 4038 Bill

Thursday, November 19, 2015   (0 Comments)
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19 November 2015

CONTACT:  Nick Lee | Communications Associate

202 223 5500 |

WASHINGTON, D.C. – OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates is deeply disappointed with the passage of the anti-refugee bill, H.R. 4038.   

Earlier today, the House voted 289-137 to pass H.R. 4038, the poorly-named American SAFE Act of 2015. This legislation seeks to essentially stop the resettlement of Syrian and Iraqi refugees in the United States by implementing more stringent requirements into an already long and extensive screening process. These changes will leave thousands of Syrians and Iraqi refugees in limbo for years when they need resettlement now.

“The process to admit a Syrian refugee already takes about two years on average and delaying this process any longer will cause a virtual moratorium on their admittance,” said Vicki Shu, OCA Vice President of Public Affairs. “This legislation relies on the great misconception that those who wish to do our country harm are sneaking in alongside real refugees. Of the 750,000 refugees admitted to our country since 9/11, only three have been arrested on terrorism charges, and none with credible plots to do our nation harm.”

“We welcome the President’s commitment to ensuring the safety of 10,000 refugees and his declaration to veto to this harmful piece of legislation,” continued Shu. “We are seeing the same apprehensions about Syrian and Iraqi refugees that we saw with refugees from Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia 40 years ago. However, Southeast Asian refugee communities have proven that they are an important part of the American community, and our country made the right choice in opening our doors to the most vulnerable populations. We are confident that within a generation we will say the same of the Syrian and Iraqi refugees some seek to exclude today.”

OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates is a national organization of community advocates dedicated to improving the social, political, and economic well-being of Asian Pacific Americans (APAs).

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