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Hias Joins Catholics, Protestants in Urging Senate Action on Refugee Bill

United Hias Service joined with a Catholic and a Protestant relief agency here today in urging the Senate to take action on a House-passed bill that would insure continued United States participation in broad-scale rescue and resettlement refugee programs.

In a statement issued at a news conference jointly held by United Hias, Catholic Relief Service and the Church World Service, heads of the three international voluntary agencies complained that the measure, the Migration and Refugee Assistance Act of 1962, “is still tabled in the Senate and not assigned to committee” despite “swift passage by the House two months ago.”

The legislation would continue for an indefinite period, the current U.S. Refugee Immigration Law, which is slated to expire on June 30. It would give the President discretionary power to designate refugees eligible for U.S. assistance. It would also authorize up to $10,000,000 annually to meet unexpected refugee and migration needs.