The federal Office of Refugee Resettlement headed by a former VP of a federal contractor (USCRI), Eskinder Negash, recently sent out a very informative end of the year review for 2012. They were busy, busy, busy in Washington, but still no time to get the three missing annual reports to Congress completed. The ORR is legally required to send Congress an annual report about the program within three months of the close of the previous fiscal year. They are now in violation of the law for all of the years of the Obama Administration!
Here is Director Negash’s greeting that came to me in an e-mail (it is actually 5 pages long so more analysis will follow in subsequent posts). Emphasis below is mine:
Two thousand twelve was a very busy and productive year for the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), with an astonishing level of accomplishment made possible through the exceptional collaboration of agencies and volunteers who make the United States Refugee Program a true public-private partnership. On behalf of ORR and the people it serves, we thank you for your support and look forward to continuing this good work and collaboration in 2013.
While we got off to a slow start with overseas refugee arrivals last year due to changes in clearance procedures for refugees, the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) and its partners ultimately served more than 115,000 new arrivals in Fiscal Year 2012, including over 62,000 refugees and Special Immigrant Visa holders, more than 40,000 asylees and Cuban/Haitian Entrants and Parolees; nearly 500 Victims of Trafficking, and an unanticipated doubling of the number of Unaccompanied Alien Children over last year.
The United States welcomed refugees from more than 80 countries across the globe this past year. The highest number of overseas arrivals mirrored those of the past few years, with Bhutanese (15,000) and Burmese (14,000) comprising more than half of all arrivals, followed by refugees from Cuba, Iraq, and Somalia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Iran, Eritrea, Sudan and Ethiopia rounding out the top ten arrival groups.
Highlights of ORR’s activities and achievements for Fiscal Year 2012 are included here; for additional information about these and other issues, please visit the ORR website, or contact ORR directly.
Readers take note that the “clearance procedures” referenced above involve security screening for refugees after the revelation that Iraqi refugees in Kentucky turned out to be terrorists, here.
Also, pay attention to the fact that the asylee numbers are growing as the refugee numbers decline. Asylees got into the US and then asked to stay. They don’t come with the more rigorous screening we are told refugees are subject to.
The newest racket!
As for those unaccompanied kids,* illegal aliens have now figured out that racket. Get your kid (teens! but younger as well) across the border, abandon them, and the federal taxpayer will care for them until they are 18. At that point they simply become part of the US population (and LOL! demand instate college tuition rates). Here is one egregious story we heard from Texas earlier this year, and here is Governor Rick Perry on what that program is doing to Texas. By the way, the kids are not technically refugees but this is just one more effort to bring immigrants (mostly economic migrants) of all sorts under the “refugee” umbrella in a perversion of the original definition of a refugee.
* Update! Here Negash says it was 13,000 illegal immigrant kids in 2012 that the ORR took care of!