Viewing the displaced victims of civil strife in El Salvador as a paradigm, this Article examines the predicament of such victims, surveys various solutions purportedly existing under current law, and concludes that the complex mosaic of United States immigration law fails to offer relief or remedy. Moreover, other countries, such as Mexico, do not offer any real assistance. In light of these deficiencies, the Article proposes that current asylum law be amended to redefine "refugee" to include victims of civil strife in order to further humanitarian goals.
Michael G. Heyman, Redefining Refugee: A Proposal for Relief for the Victims of Civil Strife, 24 San Diego L. Rev. 449 (1987).