by Jenny Lin
While United States' lawmakers and the Immigration Naturalization
Service (INS) search for a balance between immigration admission
and national security, more than 22,000 approved refugees were
stranded overseas. Although there is a need to heighten security
after the September 11th attacks, refugees are the only immigrants
who have been completely shut out. Such a hiatus in refugee admission
is ironic; refugees are victims fleeing from just the sort of
intolerable violence and persecution terrorists promote. Moreover,
the level of clearance needed for refugees is perhaps the most
scrutinized procedure of all other immigration applications
Jenny Lin works on immigration and global arms sales issues
for the Presbyterian Washington Office.
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D.C. 20002; 202/543-1126; fax 202/543-7755; www.pcusa.org.
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