"Persons who flee their countries because their lives, safety or freedom have been threatened by generalised violence, foreign aggression, internal conflicts, massive violation of human rights or other circumstances which have seriously disturbed public order."We don't accept that. In the land of the Statute of Liberty the tired and poor are not welcome, though those with "extraordinary talent" are. The Refugee Act of 1980 permits the DHHS Office of Refugee Resettlement to assist only to those children and families who can prove "persecution or a well-founded fear of persecution on account of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion." 8 USC 1101 
CARTAGENA DECLARATION (2006)
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