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S.645: Refugee Protection Act of 2013

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Sponsor Patrick J. Leahy, D-Vt.
Total Cosponsors 3 (All Democrats)
Introduced March 21, 2013
Latest Major Action March 21, 2013
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Bill Summary

Refugee Protection Act of 2013 - Amends the Immigration and Nationality Act to: (1) eliminate the one-year time limit for filing an asylum claim; and (2) permit, and set forth the requirements for, reopening a claim that was denied because of failure to file within one year.

Revises the definition of terrorist activity for purposes of alien inadmissibility. Excludes activity committed under duress from such definition.

Revises: (1) the definition of refugee, and (2) the criteria for granting asylum.

Authorizes the Attorney General to appoint counsel to represent an alien in a removal proceeding.

Prohibits an alien from being removed during the 30-day petition for review period unless the alien indicates in writing that he or she wishes to be removed before the expiration of such period.

Makes discretionary certain currently required detention provisions regarding arriving aliens who request asylum.

Directs the Secretary of Homeland Securi...

(Source: Congressional Research Service)

Bill Actions

Date Description
March 21, 2013 Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary. (text of measure as introduced: CR S2150-2158)