Assessing the Proposed Refugee Protection Act: One Step in the Right Direction

25 Pages Posted: 27 Jul 2000

Date Written: Spring 2000


Professor Pistone discusses the Refugee Protection Act (RPA), the proposed legislation which revisits the one year asylum filing deadline and expedited removal provisions, some of the more controversial provisions of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 (IIRIRA). This paper analyzes the appropriateness of RPA's proposed changes to existing law and how it can better meet its goal of helping to "ensure that those who arrive in the United States fleeing persecution have a fair and adequate opportunity to present claims for protection." Part I provides background information concerning current U.S. refugee and asylum law. Part II discusses the RPA's proposed changes to the deadline for filing for asylum implemented by IIRIRA and how the RPA proposal can be improved. Part III explains and critiques the proposed changes to the expedited removal process.

Suggested Citation

Pistone, Michele, Assessing the Proposed Refugee Protection Act: One Step in the Right Direction (Spring 2000). Georgetown Immigration Law Journal, Vol. 14, No. 3, P. 815, Spring 2000. Available at SSRN: or

Michele Pistone (Contact Author)

Villanova University School of Law ( email )

299 N. Spring Mill Road
Villanova, PA 19085
United States
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