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house Bill H.R. 1784

Changes to Domestic Refugee Assistance

Argument in favor

Streamlines assistance to domestic refugees while elevating the issue of such refugees.

Argument opposed

Lots of reports and data collection may affect change later than sooner.

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      house Committees
      Committee on the Judiciary
      Immigration and Citizenship
    IntroducedApril 26th, 2013

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Domestic Refugee Resettlement Reform and Modernization Act of 2013

Official Title

To reform and modernize domestic refugee resettlement programs, and for other purposes.


Domestic Refugee Resettlement Reform and Modernization Act of 2013 - Directs the Comptroller General (GAO) to conduct a study regarding the effectiveness of the Office of Refugee Resettlement's domestic refugee resettlement programs. Amends the Immigration and Nationality Act to establish as head of the Office an Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services for Refugee and Asylee Resettlement. (Currently, the head of such Office is a Director.) Revises the refugee grant and contract assistance allocation formula. Directs the Assistant Secretary to: (1) report to Congress regarding states experiencing departures and arrivals due to secondary migration; and (2) expand the Office's data analysis, collection, and sharing activities to include data on mental and physical medical cases, housing needs, and refugee employment. Directs the Secretary of State and the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to provide refugee resettlement guidance to appropriate national, state, and local entities.

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