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When he arrived in Washington in 1979, he was an instant hit with his colleagues and with the press. ”104 He did not plan to make immigration policy his major issue, and he was appointed to the Immigration Subcommittee largely by chance. Immigration “was not an issue that I sought to have visited upon me. It was one that just fell in my ambit and is probably one of the most unpopular, ghastly, non-political, non-nothing—you can make no gain from it. . S. diplomatic support. But he did not regard these policies as major problems.
4 And a week after being elected president, he said that the “blanket-sending them back to Haiti . . was an error. And so, I will modify that process . . ”5 Human rights advocates had additional reasons to expect that Clinton would rescind the Kennebunkport Order immediately after taking office. 8 But during preparations for the inauguration, Clinton staff members heard reports that Haitians were building nearly a thousand boats and were hoping to land in the United States during the ceremony.
131 Restoring the presumption would avoid these inequities. In 1989, Democratic New Jersey senator Frank Lautenberg persuaded Congress to change the law to make it easier for Soviet Jews to immigrate as refugees. 132 The wording of this amendment lowered the standard of refugee eligibility, but only for the groups it named. At first, the Lautenberg amendment was uncontroversial. 133 But Senator Simpson did sound a warning. ”134 Because the Lautenberg amendment affected only the foreign aid appropriation for one fiscal year, rather than the permanent Refugee Act, it would have expired in September 1990.