In accordance with section 207 of the Immigration and Nationality Act
(INA), you are authorized to consult with the appropriate committees
of the Congress concerning refugee admissions as follows:
The authorization of 78,000 refugee admissions during FY 1998,
which would be allocated by specific region as follows: 7,000 for
Africa; 14,000 for East Asia (including Amerasians); 4,000 for Latin
America and the Caribbean; 4,000 for the Near East; 46,000 for the
former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe; and 3,000 for the Unallocated
Reserve. The recommended level of funded admissions is equal to the
level assumed in the FY 1998 budget request.
The authorization of an additional 10,000 refugee admission numbers
to be made available for the adjustment to permanent resident status of
persons who have been granted asylum in the United States.
The designation, pursuant to section 101(a) 42(B) of the
Immigration and Nationality Act, of persons in Cuba, Vietnam, and the
former Soviet Union who, if they otherwise qualify for admission as
refugees, may be considered refugees under the INA even though they
are still within their country of nationality or habitual residence.
WILLIAM J. CLINTON
cc: The Attorney General
cc: The Secretary of Health and Human Services