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This Comment looks at President Ford's decision to use the parole authority to admit refugees who fled from conflict in Indochina. These refugees are not considered to have entered the United States because, as parolees, they are legally regarded as if stopped at the border. The dichotomy between physical presence and legal status is inherent in the parole statute, but the resultant problems are multiplied by the use of parole as authority for the admission of a large group of refugees. The President's actions have gone beyond the use which Congress has originally intended for the parole status and may cause serious problems for some of the Indochina refugees.

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