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Where are the annual reports to Congress? ORR needs to be sued!

Posted by Ann Corcoran on February 3, 2013

It is maddening!  Now, the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) is four years behind in producing its ANNUAL Report to Congress.

They have NOT submitted a report for Obama’s years in office.  When January 31st came and went last week they added the report for FY 2012 to the list of missing reports—there is no report for FY 2009, 2010, 2011 and now 2012!

Does no one care that the ORR is breaking the law?  Here is the law:

Sec. 413. [8 U.S.C. 1523] (a) The Secretary, shall submit a report on activities under this chapter to the Committees on the Judiciary of the House of Representatives and of the Senate not later than the January 31 following the end of each fiscal year, beginning with fiscal year 1980.

(b) Each such report shall contain-

(1) an updated profile of the employment and labor force statistics for refugees who have entered the United States within the five-fiscal-year period immediately preceding the fiscal year within which the report is to be made and for refugees who entered earlier and who have shown themselves to be significantly and disproportionately dependent on welfare as well as a description of the extent to which refugees received the forms of assistance or services under this chapter during that period;

(2) a description of the geographic location of refugees;

(3) a summary of the results of the monitoring and evaluation conducted under section 412(a)(7) during the period for which the report is submitted;

The list of ‘shalls’ goes on.

So what good are all the ‘shalls’ when no one ever calls them on it, no one ever sues them (we need a lawyer!), Congress never demands.

Where the hell is Congress?  Doesn’t one single member of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security give a damn?  Or does no one on the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration, Refugees and Border Security give a damn about the lawbreaking going on at ORR.

Is ORR incompetent or hiding something (refugee unemployment/welfare use perhaps)?  It is one or the other!

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7 Responses to “Where are the annual reports to Congress? ORR needs to be sued!”

  1. […] is that gold-mine of information, the 2009 ORR Annual Report to Congress that has just been released four years late on the funding for ECBOs (p.49).   Let’s save the taxpayer $5 […]

  2. […] 50).  Granted it reports on 2009 and earlier years, but it’s really all we have since the ORR is breaking the law by not having already completed reports for years 2010, 2011, and 2012.   No one in Congress seems […]

  3. […] Obama’s Presidency), Virginia received 1,262 Ethiopians through 2009.  And, by the way, the Office of Refugee Resettlement still owes Congress reports for 2010, 2011, and […]

  4. […] According to the 2009 ORR Annual Report to Congress (the most recent report we have due to ORR breaking the law and not producing the 2010, 2011, or 2012 reports!) Georgia was in the top ten states for refugee […]

  5. […] argue that things have improved since 2009, then where are the statistics?   By not producing the legally required reports for 2010, 2011, and 2012, the ORR forces us to rely on the latest statistics available.  […]

  6. […] Resettlement needs to now get cracking on reports for 2010, 2011, and 2012 which they are still LEGALLY required to produce and are breaking federal law every day by not producing […]

  7. genomega1 said

    Reblogged this on News You May Have Missed and commented:
    Where are the annual reports to Congress? ORR needs to be sued!

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