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Refugee Act of 1980

RST is celebrating 40 years of open hearts and fresh starts this year. In honor of our 40th anniversary, RST is looking back on the history of refugees and the contributions they have made to the world.

This purpose of the Refugee Act of 1980 was to create a standard procedure to help resettle refugees in the United States, and it is the basis of current refugee resettlement procedures today. The act was completed on March 3rd, 1980, and was signed by President Jimmy Carter on March 17th, 1980. This was the first comprehensive amendment of U.S. general immigration laws designed to face up to the realities of modern refugee situations by stating a clear-cut national policy.