This special session is open to all conference attendees and is convened by the NACo Immigration Reform Task Force.
As numerous international disasters have unfolded throughout modern history, the United States has admitted and resettled millions of individuals fleeing from war-torn or oppressive nations. Congress enacted the first refugee legislation after World War II, in 1948, and later passed the Refugee Act of 1980, which created a standardized resettlement process and established the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Today, the United States continues to admit and resettle individuals from around the world who are fleeing war or persecution, and various federal agencies, including ORR, play a role in carrying out this process. In this session, we will be joined by representatives from these agencies, who will discuss the federal government’s refugee admission and resettlement process and engage with NACo members on the role of counties in this process.
- Leon Rodriguez, Director, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
- Bob Carey, Director, Office of Refugee Resettlement, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
- Theresa Cardinal Brown, Director, Immigration Policy, Bipartisan Policy Center