(June 27, 1952, ch. 477, title IV, ch. 2, § 411, as added Pub. L. 96–212, title III, § 311(a)(2),Mar. 17, 1980, 94 Stat. 110; amended Pub. L. 103–236, title I, § 162(n)(1),Apr. 30, 1994, 108 Stat. 409.)
1994—Subsec. (b). Pub. L. 103–236
substituted “the Secretary of State” for “and under the general policy guidance of the United States Coordinator for Refugee Affairs (hereinafter in this subchapter referred to as the ‘Coordinator’)”.
Effective Date of 1994 Amendment
Amendment by Pub. L. 103–236
applicable with respect to officials, offices, and bureaus of Department of State when executive orders, regulations, or departmental directives implementing the amendments by sections 161 and 162 ofPub. L. 103–236
become effective, or 90 days after Apr. 30, 1994, whichever comes earlier, see section 161(b) ofPub. L. 103–236
, as amended, set out as a note under section
, Foreign Relations and Intercourse.
Subchapter applicable with respect to fiscal years beginning on or after Oct. 1, 1979, see section 313 ofPub. L. 96–212
, set out as a note under section
of this title.
Short Title of Refugee Act of 1980
For short title of Refugee Act of 1980, see Short Title of 1980 Amendment note set out under section
of this title.
References to Secretary of Education or Secretary of Department of Health and Human Services
Section 204(e) ofPub. L. 96–212
provided that: “Any reference in this Act [see Short Title of 1980 Amendment note set out under section
of this title] or in chapter 2 of title IV of the Immigration and Nationality Act [this subchapter] to the Secretary of Education or the Secretary of Health and Human Services or to the Department of Health and Human Services shall be deemed, before the effective date of the Department of Education Organization Act [see Effective Date note set out under section
, Education], to be a reference to the Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare or to the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, respectively.”
Congressional Declaration of Policies and Objectives
Section 101 ofPub. L. 96–212
“(a) the Congress declares that it is the historic policy of the United States to respond to the urgent needs of persons subject to persecution in their homelands, including, where appropriate, humanitarian assistance for their care and maintenance in asylum areas, efforts to promote opportunities for resettlement or voluntary repatriation, aid for necessary transportation and processing, admission to this country of refugees of special humanitarian concern to the United States, and transitional assistance to refugees in the United States. The Congress further declares that it is the policy of the United States to encourage all nations to provide assistance and resettlement opportunities to refugees to the fullest extent possible.
“(b) The objectives of this Act [see Short Title of 1980 Amendment note set out under section
of this title] are to provide a permanent and systematic procedure for the admission to this country of refugees of special humanitarian concern to the United States, and to provide comprehensive and uniform provisions for the effective resettlement and absorption of those refugees who are admitted.”