Refugee Resettlement Watch

Senator Jeff Sessions press statement on Obama plan for Syrian resettlement to America

Posted by Ann Corcoran on September 22, 2015

The Senate Subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest, chaired by Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) has announced a hearing on the President’s Refugee Resettlement plan for FY2016.  As far as we have been able to determine this may be the first hearing since 9/11 on the Presidential Determination (prescribed in the Refugee Act of 1980).

Jeffrey Sessions

Sessions: Since 9/11, we have permanently resettled approximately 1.5 million migrants from Muslim nations inside the U.S.

The House and Senate Judiciary Committees have jurisdiction over the matter.  Senator Grassley has spoken out strongly, but so far not a peep out of Chairman Goodlatte and Subcommittee Chairman Trey Gowdy*** over in the House.

Here is Senator Sessions’s excellent statement yesterday:


WASHINGTON—U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Chairman of the Senate’s Subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest, responded today to the announcement from Secretary John Kerry that the U.S would increase its intake of refugees over the next two years to nearly 200,000, in addition to the existing annual resettlement of asylees, illegal border-crossers, foreign workers, and global green card recipients:

“The U.S. has already taken in four times more immigrants than any other nation on Earth. Our foreign-born population share is set to break every known historical record. Since 9/11, we have permanently resettled approximately 1.5 million migrants from Muslim nations inside the U.S. Ninety percent of recent refugees from the Middle East living in our country are receiving food stamps and approximately 70 percent are receiving free healthcare and cash welfare. All of the nearly 200,000 refugees the Administration is planning to bring over the next two years would be entitled to these same benefits the moment they arrive. Since we are running huge deficits, every penny of these billions in costs will have to be borrowed and added to the debt. This refugee expansion would be in addition to the 1 million autopilot green cards handed out each year by the government to mostly low-wage migrants, including a large share from Middle Eastern nations.

“Our schools, job markets and public resources are already stretched too thin. And, even at current rates, we have no capacity to screen for extremist ideology, as we have seen with the surge of ISIS recruitment in Minnesota’s Somali refugee community.

“Middle Eastern nations must take the lead in resettling their region’s refugees. The goal of responsible refugee resettlement should be to relocate displaced persons as close to their homes as possible and to seek their return to their country of origin in more stable conditions. It has also been reported that 3 in 4 of those seeking relocation from the Middle East are not refugees but economic migrants from many countries.

“At bottom, it is not a sound policy to respond to the myriad problems in the Middle East by encouraging millions to abandon their home. Absorbing the region’s migrants is not a long-term strategy for stabilizing the region; instead, we should look soberly at our most recent actions in Libya, Syria, Iraq and elsewhere while encouraging migrant populations to remain in the region where they can contribute to social and political reforms.”

*** Perhaps I am reading too much into this, but it seems that Gowdy is supporting Marco Rubio’s bid for the Presidency and most of us can’t get past Senator Rubio’s championing of the Gang of Eight amnesty bill over in the Senate two years ago.  Gowdy is also reportedly close to Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC), also a Gang of Eight member, who does support the President’s bid to bring in thousands of Syrian (mostly Muslim) refugees to America.

6 Responses to “Senator Jeff Sessions press statement on Obama plan for Syrian resettlement to America”

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  2. Obama Air Strikes on ISIS Show how WRONG Obama is about Syria
    I think that things are starting to make more sense now that we have this Muslim invasion from Syria. Putin said that he will protect Christians and he now has troops in Syria. Which means that the Muslim are running from Putin now rather than Assad. If it is true that Assad did gas people a year or two ago in Syria, they may be Muslim who invaded the land or are the Rebels. Hussein Obama has been providing training to Rebels who seem to end up fighting for ISIS. For some strange reason we are receiving fuzzy news stories about Syria, Libya, and Egypt. All three are being attacked by Islam. Egypt news is not making it to the USA for some strange reason. If you go back two years ago, they were in the news daily. What are the odds that the people fleeing Syria are Muslim, hmm.


  3. Skip Patel said

    Reblogged this on theflyingcameldotorg and commented:
    Post-America with it’s timid, cowardly inhabitants, behaves like a vanquished nation under occupation.


  4. […] WAIT, THERE’S MORE… […]


  5. conprof said

    Finally! Last night Congressman Mick Mulvaney told me two interesting things. One, that the house will allow Planned Parenthood to funded and that Trey Gowdy will be holding hearings. But since Trey Gowdy is personally neutral on the subject of refugees, I cannot hope that much will come out of his hearing – but we can hope and pray.


  6. Brittius said

    Reblogged this on Brittius.


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