This year marks the 40th Anniversary of President Jimmy Carter signing the Refugee Act of 1980. When Congress passed the landmark legislation, it was with near-unanimous bipartisan support and created a formal process for welcoming refugees based on humanitarian needs and U.S. interests.
Since the 1980 act, Colorado has welcomed more than 60,000 refugees.
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On World Refugee Day 2020, the IRC in Denver highlighted the many elected officials from Colorado who continue to stand with refugees and advocate for our refugee neighbors. Participants included Governor Jared Polis, state Senator Dominick Moreno and six of Colorado’s Members of Congress—Senator Bennet and Representatives Crow, DeGette, Neguse and Perlmutter.