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Urge Your Senators to Support The Refugee Protection Act of 2010

The Refugee Protection Act of 2010 (S.3113) was introduced in Senate on March 15, 2010, and currently, S.3113 is under review in the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, whose membership includes Senator Amy Klobuchar and Senator Al Franken, both from the State of Minnesota, where the largest Oromo immigrant community in the U.S. live.


According to reliable sources, increasing number of Oromo refugees and asylum seekers, fleeing political persecutions unleashed on Oromos by the Meles Zenawi regime in Ethiopia, are being denied immigration to the United States of America even though they are protected under international laws, such as the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees and its 1967 Protocol.

 

In order to eliminate cases where legitimate refugees and asylum seekers are not barred immigration to the U.S.A. and to reform other aspects of the current refugee laws, Senator Patrick Leahy (Vermont) has introduced legislation, Refugee Protection Act of 2010 (Senate Bill S.3113), with Senators Carl Levin (Michigan), Richard Durbin (Illinois), Daniel Akaka (Hawaii) as cosponsors.

According to HumanRightsFirst.org, the following are among the major provisions of the Refugee Protection Act of 2010:

Eliminates the one year asylum filing deadline that bars refugees with well-founded fears of persecution from asylum;


Prevents the unnecessary and prolonged detention of asylum seekers by establishing criteria governing detention and release decisions and providing asylum seekers with the chance to have their custody reviewed in a hearing before an immigration court;


Protects refugees from inappropriate exclusion by revising overly broad immigration definitions that are mislabeling refugees as supporters of “terrorist organizations,” including by eliminating the “Tier III” undesignated terrorist organization definition, which has led to numerous unintended consequences but is not needed as an enforcement tool against its intended targets.

The Refugee Protection Act of 2010 (S.3113) was introduced in Senate on March 15, 2010, and currently, S.3113 is under review in the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, whose membership includes Senator Amy Klobuchar and Senator Al Franken, both from the State of Minnesota, where the largest Oromo immigrant community in the U.S. live.

The Senate Committee on the Judiciary has so far held one hearing on “Renewing America’s Commitment to the Refugee Convention: The Refugee Protection Act of 2010” (May 19, 2010). This is the first step of the legislative process, and the following table shows the remaining steps (refer to GovTrack.us for future status of S.3113):

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Oromo-Americans and American friends of the Oromo can help push for the passage of the Refugee Protection Act of 2010 (S.3113) by contacting their respective Senators and urging them to support the bill.


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