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Refugee Policy (81254-GM-R9999)

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The 2008 General Conference believes that Haitians seeking a better life in the USA should be granted an equal chance that is afforded to Cubans and Nicaraguans seeking refuge in the USA.

Rationale

The 1997 Nicaraguan and Central American Refugee Act granted thousands of Nicaraguan and Cuban refugees permanent legal status (PLS) in the USA. This Act only extended PLS to those Haitians that had been intercepted and put in detention at Guantanamo. However, the "wet-foot/ dry-foot" policy now affords only Cubans who...