120. Memorandum From the Executive Secretary of the Department of State (Tarnoff) to the President’s Assistant for National Security Affairs (Brzezinski)1
- Indochinese Refugees
The Department has continued efforts to maintain a strong international response to the problem with particular emphasis on maintaining resettlement offers at the highest possible level. We expect that the international community will permanently resettle in 1978 a total of almost 18,000 refugees from camps in Thailand and other countries of temporary safehaven.
We have continued discussions with the Congress on the most appropriate means for accepting Indochinese on a continuing basis. The Eilberg bill2 is one possibility. A revised Department position on the bill is being discussed with relevant executive agencies. If a new executive position can be developed and agreed to by Eilberg and the Subcommittee, the bill might be a means of admitting Indochinese. On the basis of discussions we have had with the Subcommittee staff, they appear to be reconsidering some key aspects. Unless and until legislation is actually passed, parole remains the most practical means of admitting Indochinese.
Further thoughts on the longer range including suggestions about defining a national refugee policy for all groups are incorporated in the attached paper.3
- Source: Carter Library, National Security Affairs, Brzezinski Material, Subject File, Box 51, Refugees, 1–12/78. Limited Official Use.↩
- See footnote 5, Document 116.↩
- Also attached was a copy of Document 116.↩
- Wisner signed for Tarnoff above Tarnoff’s typed signature.↩
- Limited Official Use.↩
- Derian’s trip to Southeast Asia took place January 7–18. She stopped in Geneva January 19–20 before returning to Washington.↩
- For Derian’s January 24 statement before the Subcommittee, see Department of State Bulletin, March 1978, pp. 33–35.↩
- See Documents 114 and 115.↩
- Reference is to PD–30; see Foreign Relations, 1977–1980, vol. II, Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs, Document 119.↩
- An Estimated Annual Indochinese Refugee Outflow chart is attached but not printed.↩