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Ford Administration / Refugee Cost #37461

ABC Evening News for Monday, May 05, 1975
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(Studio) Ford administration estimates total cost at more than $600 million for program to care for and resettle Cambodian and South Vietnam refugees. Congress must authorize $507 million.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith

(Capitol Hill) New cost estimate based on higher refugee number. Ambassador Dean Brown says 150,000 Vietnam may seek asylum in US. [Task force director BROWN - estimates 30,000 jobs to be needed for refugee heads of hsehold.] [Representative Elizabeth HOLTZMAN - questions task force with regard to screening of refugees.] [Representative Martin RUSSO - believes many deserving Vietnam still in South Vietnam; doesn't want to see criminals brought into American while deserving people remain in South Vietnam.] [Immigration commissioner Leonard CHAPMAN - says any person seeking and applying for asylum in United States can't be forcibly returned to country of origin.] Congress mail running heavily against accepting Vietnam.
REPORTER: Sam Donaldson

Donaldson, Sam;
Smith, Howard K.

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