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H.R. 6755 (94th): Indochina Migration and Refugee Assistance Act

The text of the bill below is as of May 23, 1975 (Passed Congress).

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The Indochina Migration and Refugee Assistance Act, passed on May 23, 1975, under President Gerald Ford, was a response to the Fall of Saigon and the end of the Vietnam War. Under this act, approximately 130,000 refugees from South Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia were allowed to enter the United States under a special status, and the act allotted for special relocation aid and financial assistance

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PUBLIC LAW 94-23—MAY 2 3 , 1975                                 89 STAT. 87

Public Law 94-23
94th Congress
                                 An Act
                                                                                  May 23, 1975
To enable the United States to render assistance to, or in belialf of, certain
                           migrants and refugees.                                  [H.R. 6755]

   Be it enacted by the Senate ami House of Representatives            of the
United States of America in Congress assembled^ T h a t this Act may be          The Indochina
cited as "The Indochina Migration and Kefugee Assistance Act of                  Migration and
1975".                                                                           Refugee
                                                                                 Assistance Act of
   SEC!. 2. (a) Subject to the provisions of subsection (b) there are            1975.
hereby authorized to be appropriated, in addition to amounts other-              22 u s e 2601
wise avaihible for such purposes, $155,000,000 for the performance of            note.
functions set forth in the Migration and Refugee Assistance Act of               Appropriation
1962 (76 Stat. 121), as amended, with respect to aliens who have fled            authorization.
from Cambodia or Vietnam, such sums to remain available in accord-               22 u s e 2601
ance with the provisions of subsection (b) of this section.                      note.
    (b) N^one of the funds authorized to be appropriated by this Act
shall be available for the performance of functions after J u n e 30,1976,
other than for carrying out the provisions of clauses ( 3 ) , ( 4 ) , ( 5 ) ,
and (6) of section 2 ( b ) of tlie Migration and Refugee Assistance Act
of 1962, as amended. None of such funds shall be available for obliga-           22 u s e 2601
tion for any purpose after September 30.1977.
    SEC. 3. I n carrying out functions utilizing the funds made available        22 u s e 2601
under this Act, the term "refugee" as defined in section 2 ( b ) (3) of          note.
the Migration and Refugee Assistance Act of 1962, as amended, shall
be deemed to include aliens w^ho (A) because of persecution or fear of
persecution on account of race, religion, or political opinion, fled from
 Cambodia or V i e t n a m ; ( B ) cannot return there because of fear of
 persecution on account of race, religion, or political opinion; and
 (C) are in urgent need of assistance for the essentials of life.
    SEC. 4. (a) The President shall consult with and keep the Com-               Presidential
 mittees on the Judiciary, Appropriations, and International Relations           consultation vath
 of the House of Representatives and the Committees on Foreign Rela-             congressional
 tions, Appropriations and J u d i c i a r y of the Senate fully and currently
 informed of the use of funds and the exercise of functions authorized
 in this Act.                                                                    22 u s e 2601
     (b) Not more t h a n t h i r t y days after the date of enactment of this   note.
 Act, the President shall transmit to such Committees a report describ-          Report to
 ing fully and completely the status of refugees from Cambodia and               congressional
 South Vietnam. Such report shall set forth, in addition—
          (1) a plan for the resettlement of those refugees remaining in
       receiving or staging centers;
          (2) the number of refugees who have indicated an interest in
       returning to their homeland or being resettled in a t h i r d country,
       together with (A) a description of the plan for their return or
       resettlement and the steps taken to carry out such return or
       resettlement, and ( B ) any initiatives t h a t have been made with
       respect to the Office of the H i g h Commissioner for Refugees of
       the United Nations; and
          (3) a full and complete description of the steps the President
       has taken to retrieve and deposit in the Treasury as miscellaneous
       receipts all amounts previously authorized and appropriated for
       assistance to South Vietnam and Cambodia but not expended for
       such purpose, exclusive of the $98,000,000 of Indochina P o s t w a r
       Reconstruction funds allocated to the Department of State for
       movement and maintenance of refugees prior to the date of enact-
       ment of this Act.

89 STAT. 88 PUBLIC LAW 94-23—MAY 23, 1975 Supplementary (c) Supplementary reports setting forth recent information with reports. fespect to each of the items referred to in this section shall be trans- mitted not more than ninety days after the date of transmittal of the report referred to in subsection (b) of this section and not later than the end of each ninety-day period thereafter. Such reports shall con- tinue until September 30, 1977, and a final report shall be submitted no later than December 31,1977. Approved May 23, 1975. LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: HOUSE REPORTS: No. 94-197 (Comm. on the Judiciary) and No. 94-230 (Comm. of Conference). SENATE REPORT No. 94-119 accompanying S. 1661 (Comm. on Foreign Relations). CONGRESSIONAL RECORD, Vol. 121 (1975): May 14, considered and passed House. May 16, considered and passed Senate, amended, in lieu of S. 1661. May 21, Senate and House agreed to conference report.