This bill would “provide for the admission to the U.S. of up to 10,000 Syrian religious minorities as refugees of special humanitarian concern in each of the fiscal years 2016 through 2020.” Specifically, it would make Syrian nationals who are religious minorities (i.e., non-Muslims) eligible for higher priority processing; allow them to apply directly to the U.S. refugee admissions program for admission to the U.S.; and establish these refugees as a protected category. At the time of this bill’s introduction, around 4% of Syrian refugees would qualify as religious minorities.
2 cosponsors (2R).
Last major action: 3/17/16 referred to Senate Comm. on the Judiciary.