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H.R.651: Strengthening Refugee Resettlement Act

About this Bill

This bill was introduced in the 113th Congress
This bill is primarily about immigration
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Sponsor Keith Ellison, D-Minn.
Total Cosponsors 3 (All Democrats)
Introduced Feb. 13, 2013
Latest Major Action April 8, 2013
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Bill Summary

Strengthening Refugee Resettlement Act - Directs the Secretary of Homeland Security (DHS) to work with the heads of other relevant federal agencies to conduct a review of refugee processing with the goal of streamlining processing, consistent with maintaining security.

Directs the Secretary of State (Secretary) to establish overseas refugee English language and work orientation training programs prior to the departure for the United States of refugees who have been approved for U.S. admission.

Permits: (1) refugees (and their spouses and children) to be admitted to the United States as lawful permanent residents, and (2) asylum seekers (and their spouses and children) to be granted lawful permanent residency.

Directs the Secretary when setting the amount of reception and placement grants to: (1) adjust the grant amount to account for anticipated initial refugee resettlement needs, and (2) ensure that funding is provided to national resettlement agencies at ...

(Source: Congressional Research Service)

Bill Actions

Date Description
April 8, 2013 Referred to the Subcommittee on Immigration And Border Security.
Feb. 19, 2013 Referred to the Subcommittee on Human Resources.
Feb. 13, 2013 Referred to House Ways and Means
Feb. 13, 2013 Referred to House Foreign Affairs
Feb. 13, 2013 Referred to House Judiciary