Refugee Assistance Amendments of 1982
- RCA/RMA Period was cut to 18 months.
- Policy changes made based on anecdotally reported "welfare dependency":
- Full-time students in institutions of higher education were no longer eligible to
- Assistance was terminated for refugees who refused jobs deemed appropriate by the
resettlement agency staff.
Cuts justify further cuts
- State reimbursements were cut to 24 months, bringing up the dependency rate from 49.7%
The democratic-led Senate and House give birth to “Rapid Employment”
- New rules limited state reimbursements to 4 months, and agencies were informed that RCA
appropriations would not be sufficient to cover 12 months. In an unprecedented move,
Congress failed to approve a single penny of the $16 million proposed budget for
- Meanwhile, “The Dire Emergency Supplemental Act” sent $6 million to help arrivals who
came a decade
prior to the politically valuable electorate in Miami, Flordia. MG funding, utilized
mostly for European Jewish communities, increased to prior levels of
- “Dependency Rate” calculations were no longer taken, since they functionally hit 100%.