The Introduction of the Indonesian Family Refugee Protection Act of 2013by Representative Carolyn B. Maloney
Posted on 2013-02-13
of new york
in the house of representatives
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Mrs. CAROLYN B. MALONEY of New York. Mr. Speaker, today I am
introducing legislation with my colleagues, Rep. Frank Pallone Jr.,
Rep. Chris Smith, Rep. Luis Gutierrez, Rep. Madeleine Bordallo, Rep.
Rush Holt, which would simply allow Christian Indonesian citizens
fleeing persecution, many of whom arrived during a five-year timeframe
(January 1, 1997-November 30, 2002) and were denied asylum solely for
missing the one-year filing deadline, the opportunity to reopen their
claims during the two-year period following enactment.
Beginning in 1997, many Indonesian Christians fled religious persecution in Indonesia, where extreme violence and destruction of churches drove them from their homes. These individuals came to this country, seeking relief from extreme violence and persecution for their religious beliefs, but were unable to make the one-year filing deadline. They deserve the opportunity to have their claims heard.
The United States has long sought to protect refugees fleeing persecution and provide a process to fairly consider their claims. This bill does not, in itself, grant asylum, but merely removes a procedural barrier to their claims being considered. These individuals seeking asylum deserve a second chance to avoid the persecution they have fled and remain united with their families.
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