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SA 2717. Mr. LEVIN submitted an amendment intended to be proposed by him to the bill H.R. 2764, making appropriations for the Department of State, foreign operations, and related programs for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2008, and for other purposes; which was ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

At the appropriate place, insert the following:
(a) Religious Minority Group in Iraq Defined.--In this section, the term ``religious minority group in Iraq'' means a religious denomination or sect which, according to the International Religious Freedom Report 2006 (released by the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor of the Department of State on September 15, 2006)--
(1) is present in Iraq; and
(2) is comprised of members who constitute not more than 5 percent of the population of Iraq.
(b) Consideration of Certain Nationals From Iraq as Priority 2 Refugees.--Subject to the numerical limitations established pursuant to section 207 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1157), the Secretary of State, or a designee of the Secretary, shall present to the Secretary of Homeland Security, and the Secretary of Homeland Security, or a designee of the Secretary, shall adjudicate, any application for refugee status under such section 207 submitted by an applicant who--
(1)(A) is a national of Iraq; or
(B) if the applicant is not a national of any foreign state, last maintained a residence in Iraq;
(2) demonstrates that he or she--
(A) departed from Iraq before January 1, 2007; and
(B) has resided outside Iraq since that date; and
(3) demonstrates that he or she--
(A) provided services for the United States Government within Iraq for at least 12 months after March 1, 2003, as an employee, volunteer, contractor, or employee of a contractor of the United States; or
(B)(i) is a member of a religious minority group in Iraq; and
(ii) has a sibling, son, daughter, parent, grandparent, grandchild, or spouse who is a lawful permanent resident, asylee, refugee, or citizen under the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1101 et seq.).

(As printed in the Congressional Record for the Senate on Sep 6, 2007.)