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GRACE Act

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04/09/19

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Date: April 9, 2019

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116.HR.2146
Subject:
Immigration
Guaranteed Refugee Admission Ceiling Enhancement Act
Date: April 9, 2019 Official Title: To amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to require the President to set a minimum annual goal for the number of refugees to be admitted, and for other purposes.Short title This Act may be cited as the "Guaranteed Refugee Admission Ceiling Enhancement Act" or the "GRACE Act".Admission of refugees Section 207 of the Immigration and Nationality Act () is amended
  • (1) in subsection (a)
    • (A) by striking paragraph (1);
    • (B) by redesignating paragraphs (2) and (4) as paragraphs (1) and (6), respectively;
    • (C) in paragraph (1), as redesignated
      • (i) by striking "after fiscal year 1982"; and
      • (ii) by striking "is justified" and all that follows through "interest." and inserting "is
      • (A) justified by humanitarian concerns or otherwise in the national interest; and
      • (B) not less than 95,000.
      • (2) Each officer of the Federal Government responsible for refugee admissions or refugee resettlement shall treat a determination under paragraph (1) and subsection (b) as the numerical goals for refugee admissions under this section for the applicable fiscal year. ; and
    • (D) by inserting after paragraph (3) the following:
      • (4) In making a determination under paragraph (1), the President shall consider the number of refugees who, during the calendar year beginning immediately after the beginning of the applicable fiscal year, are in need of resettlement in a third country, as determined by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in the most recently published projected global resettlement needs report.
      • (5) The President shall determine regional allocations for admissions under this subsection, which shall
        • (A) consider the projected needs identified by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in the projected global resettlement needs report for the calendar year beginning immediately after the beginning of the applicable fiscal year; and
        • (B) include an unallocated reserve that the Secretary of State, after notifying the and the , may use for one or more regions in which the need for additional refugee admissions arises.