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Indochina Refugees Letter to Congressional Committee Chairmen Transmitting a Report.

March 24, 1977

In accordance with the provisions of the Indochina Migration and Refugee Assistance Act of 1975, I am reporting to you on the status of refugees from Cambodia and South Vietnam.

As my report to you shows, we continue to make substantial progress in the resettlement and assimilation of the Indochina refugee into American life. This quarter as in the past quarter our attention has been focused particularly on the development of marketable job skills and English language proficiency for the resettled refugee. The refugees authorized under the expanded parole program have now all entered the United States and have been placed with sponsors. Soon the great majority of refugees will be entitled to apply for permanent resident alien status, the first step toward citizenship.

I want to thank the voluntary agencies, the public and private institutions, and the many individual families that have contributed so generously to this program. I am confident that with their assistance we will bring this humanitarian effort to a successful conclusion.



Note: This is the text of identical letters addressed to the Honorable James O. Eastland, chairman, Senate Committee on the Judiciary; the Honorable Peter W. Rodino, chairman, House Committee on the Judiciary; the Honorable John J. Sparkman, chairman, Senate Committee on Foreign Relations; the Honorable Clement J. Zablocki, chairman, House Committee on International Relations; the Honorable John L. McClellan, chairman, Senate Committee on Appropriations; and the Honorable George H. Mahon, chairman, House Committee on Appropriations.

The report is entitled "Task Force for Indochina Refugees, Report to the Congress, March 21, 1977."

The letter was not issued in the form of a White House press release.

Jimmy Carter, Indochina Refugees Letter to Congressional Committee Chairmen Transmitting a Report. Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/243350

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