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President Signs Bill with McCain Amendment Restoring Refugee Status to the Families of Re-Education Camp Detainees

On May 30, 2002, President Bush signed a renewal and extension of the McCain Amendment, Public Law 107-185. The law provides derivative refugee status to the adult sons and daughters of Vietnamese re-education camp detainees who meet the following criteria:

They are the adult (over 21 years of age) son or daughter of a national of Vietnam who:

1. Was formerly interned in a re-education center or is a widow of a formerly interned re-education camp detainee in Vietnam; OR

2. Was accepted for resettlement in the U.S. as a refugee or an immediate relative immigrant under the Orderly Departure Program (ODP) sub-program for re-education camp detainees, or via the U.S. Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City; AND

3. is presently maintaining a residence in the United States, or whose surviving spouse is presently maintaining such a residence, OR

4. is awaiting departure formalities from Vietnam or whose surviving spouse is awaiting departure formalities;


5. They were unmarried as of the date of their parent's approval for refugee resettlement in the U.S. or immediate relative immigrant visa issuance.

The new amendment will expire on September 30, 2003.

Text taken from the United States Library of Congress <>.