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[Congressional Record: January 13, 2003 (Senate)] [Page S231-S245] From the Congressional Record Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov] [DOCID:cr13ja03-34] STATEMENTS ON INTRODUCED BILLS AND JOINT RESOLUTIONS [ ... ]

By Mr. KYL (for himself, Mr. McCain, Mr. Sessions, and Mr. Bayh): S. 145. A bill to prohibit assistance to North Korea or the Korean Peninsula Development Organization, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Foreign Relations. Mr. KYL. Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent that the text of the North Korea Democracy Act of 2003 be printed in the Record. There being no objection, the bill was ordered to be printed in the Record, as follows: S. 145 Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE. This Act may be cited as the "North Korea Democracy Act of 2003".

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SEC. 9. TREATMENT OF REFUGEES FROM NORTH KOREA. (a) Sense of Congress.--It is the sense of Congress that the United States should begin immediately to work with other countries in the region to adopt a policy with respect to refugees from North Korea that would-- (1) guarantee all such refugees safe arrival in a country of first asylum in which the refugees would stay on a temporary basis; and (2) promote burden-sharing of refugee costs between countries by providing for the resettlement of the refugees from the country of first asylum to a third country. (b) Eligibility for Refugee Status.-- (1) In general.--In the case of an alien who is a national of North Korea, the alien may establish, for purposes of admission as a refugee under section 207 of the Immigration and Nationality Act, that the alien has a well-founded fear of persecution on account of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion by asserting such a fear and asserting a credible basis for concern about the possibility of such persecution. (2) Not treated as national of south korea.--For purposes of eligibility for refugee status under section 207 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1157), or for asylum under section 208 of such Act (8 U.S.C. 1158), a national of North Korea shall not be considered a national of the Republic of Korea. (c) Authorization of Appropriations.--There are authorized to be appropriated such sums as may be necessary to carry out this section.

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