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Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy

HOUSE VOTE WOULD PROTECT ELDERLY AND DISABLED REFUGEES

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Bad news, followed by more bad news, and then more bad news. I'm happy to offer what I hope is the beginning of many posts on good things that the new Congress is doing on immigration issues. Some of you may have remembered my recent post on pending legislation to stop elderly and disabled refugees from being cut off from public benefits, something that is imminent.



The House today passed by a voice vote HR 2608, the Elderly and Disabled Refugees Act. HR 2608 would extend supplemental security income eligibility for refugees, asylees and certain humanitarian applicants for two more fiscal years.



Now the bill moves on to the Senate. Thanks go to many of the advocacy organizations who have been working this issue hard. And many of you who read this blog contacted the House to urge support for this bill. Well done! We don't know yet when the Senate will take up the bill, but I'll post information here when I know more so we can push this one past the finish line.



Here's the text of the bill: Download hr_2608.pdf

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