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Sabrineh Ardalan, Refugee Protection for Homeschoolers? Congressional Efforts to Amend the Refugee Definition and Restrict Protection for Central American Refugees (, June 2015).

Abstract: The U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee recently passed H.R.1153, the Asylum Reform and Border Protection Act of 2015 (“the ARBP Act”), a bill that restricts immigration to the United States, except for families fleeing persecution because they homeschool their children. For those families, the bill allocates 500 grants of asylum per fiscal year. In contrast, for women and children fleeing persecution from gangs in Central America, the bill prohibits any federal funding for legal representation, imposes a heightened burden of proof, and creates unnecessary procedural hurdles, such as forcing certain asylum applicants to travel to Mexico or another “Safe Third Country” to apply for asylum. - See more at: