H.R. 1464, the North Korea Refugee Adoption Actby Representative Chris Van Hollen
Posted on 2013-01-01
in the house of representatives
Tuesday, January 1, 2013
Mr. VAN HOLLEN. Mr. Speaker, I rise as a cosponsor of H.R. 1464, the
North Korea Refugee Adoption Act, and to thank Mr. Royce and Ranking
Member Berman for their efforts on this important bi-partisan bill.
This measure was introduced to assist North Korean children living ``stateless'' outside of that country who face starvation and neglect because they are neither North Korean citizens nor citizens of the country where they currently reside. Many of these children have Chinese fathers and North Korean mothers but are not claimed by either parent, and being stateless, don't have access to the resources of either country.
The bill encourages the Homeland and State Departments to develop strategies to help reunite North Korean refugee children with their families or to facilitate the adoption of the children by citizens of South Korea, China or other countries. In the Senate, the bill was amended to require the Secretary of State to designate a representative to regularly brief the Congress on U.S. efforts to advocate for the best interests of North Korean children.
There are many American families who would love to give a home to these orphans and refugee children if they could. This bill will help to facilitate that process. I encourage my colleagues to join me in support of the bill.