Refugee Resettlement Watch

OK everyone take a breath! The numbers are getting a bit wild!

Posted by Ann Corcoran on November 16, 2015

I’ve been out all day but have had a chance to listen to talk radio inbetween other things (there is life away from the computer!) and some of the numbers I’m hearing talked about are just crazy—the craziest number I heard was Trump saying Obama wanted 250,000 Syrians in the US in the next year or so.  Now, perhaps deep down Obama would like nothing better, but he hasn’t said that yet!

Please consider that although this issue is extremely important, it is also important to be factual in our criticism.

And, just a reminder this has been going on for 35 YEARS through Republican and Democrat administrations.  It didn’t start last month or the month before that!

By the way, if you seriously want to know what Obama is looking for this year, read his State Department’s PROPOSED REFUGEE ADMISSIONS FOR FISCAL YEAR 2016 REPORT TO THE CONGRESS, by clicking here.

He is vastly underestimating the $1.2 billion price tag, but presumably Congress will be wrangling with him over that (Senator Lindsey Graham and Patrick Leahy want to add ONE billion to get more Syrians in here!)

 

Just a brief overview of where the numbers I’m hearing come from (in addition to the 65,000 the Jihad Caucus asked for and we reported on in the above June 2015 Youtube clip):

~70,000 is the number of refugees the Obama Administration has been proposing for resettlement in recent years, and they have been coming close to that (that is for refugees from all over the world).

~85,000 is the number of refugees he has proposed for FY2016 (from all countries). He said he would propose 100,000 for FY2017 which would be his last opportunity to set the ceiling, but he can’t and won’t do that until September 2016.

~10,000 of the 85,000 is earmarked for Syrians for FY 2016.  10,000 are not being sent to Louisiana.

We have brought around 2,000 Syrians since the civil war began (but I will next be rechecking that number)

~65,000 Syrians is a number that was initially proposed by the federal resettlement contractors (aka volags) earlier this year (and that was after an earlier proposal to bring in 15,000 for each of five years, which we reported here in 2014).  They wanted the 65,000 relocated here before Obama leaves office.

~65,000 Syrians is also the number 14 Democrat Senators*** (we called them the ‘Jihad Caucus’) proposed bringing in before Obama leaves office.

~100,000 Syrians is now the number being proposed by the refugee resettlement contractors.  They want them here before Obama leaves office.

~250,000 Syrians is what Pres. candidate Trump says Obama wants. ***Update*** a reader sends this, it is Hannity who was talking about 250,000 first.  See how Hannity gets to that number, here.

If anyone wants links for any of the numbers I’ve mentioned, please ask, because I don’t have the energy to put them all in here.

*** These are the 14 members of the Senate Jihad Caucus who last May (at the behest of the resettlement contractors) sent a letter to Obama indicating that 65,000 Syrians was a good number:

Dick Durban (D-IL)

Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)

Al Franken (D-MN)

Patrick Leahy (D-VT)

Dianne Feinstein (D-CA)

Patty Murray (D-WA)

Robert Menendez (D-NJ)

Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI)

Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH)

Christopher Coons (D-DE)  LOL! Delaware hasn’t taken a refugee in a couple of years!

Tim Kaine (D-VA)

Edward Markey (D-MA)

Sherrod Brown (D-OH)

Mazie Hirono (D-HI)  LOL! Last I looked Hawaii took a whole 7 refugees last year!

I hope that helps clear up some confusion.  Let me know if more numbers are being bandied about so we can run those down too!

8 Responses to “OK everyone take a breath! The numbers are getting a bit wild!”

  1. […] And, so 65,000 became the magic number the US was expected to take.   All of that is chronicled in several posts here at RRW in the last two years. (I should have explained where the 65,000 came from when I wrote this post.) […]

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  2. momodoom said

    I found this reference on Breitbart:

    . As Breitbart News has previously documented, every year the United States voluntarily imports more than a quarter of a million– or 280,000– Muslim migrants. This number includes more than 100,000 migrants who were permanently resettled with green cards, more than 100,000 as temporary students or workers, and almost 40,000 as lifetime refugees and asylees.

    So perhaps this is where the 250,000 comes from.

    http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2015/11/16/exclusive-house-freedom-caucus-chairman-no-commitment-paul-ryan-block-import-muslim-refugees/

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    • Ann Corcoran said

      I know about that report. That is from all sources of legal immigration. And, here is one problem with it. They assumed that if the immigrant came from a majority Muslim country that they are all Muslims. I checked once for refugees from Iran and most were religious minorities, not Muslims. I have been hollering for months that those with resources on our side needed to hire a really good demographer who could drill down and get us some really good numbers! I don’t have that ability! But, I said it was important to know because we need to know how much time we have left! A very small percentage of Muslim population can get very demanding!

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  3. wullfe said

    250,000 in the next two years came from Associated Press, John Kerry, and Sean Hannity. Jeb Bush has also been quoting 250,000. Add 70,000 already here to 85,000 more this year and 100,000 next year equals 255,000, but the 255,000 refugees are worldwide, not only from Syria. What difference does it make where they come from, the majority are Muslims.

    http://bigstory.ap.org/article/35632cd13de1432fb0a6f3b3e491f7f4/kerry-us-accept-85000-refugees-2016-100000-2017

    http://www.politifact.com/punditfact/statements/2015/oct/26/sean-hannity/250000-syrian-refugees-us-fact-check-trump-hannity/

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    • Ann Corcoran said

      Thanks, have updated the post with this info… I maintain we must keep the numbers straight, or at least I must because I don’t want to be like the other side—I want to have the facts.

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  4. JOE PAVONE said

    Ann:

    I assure you I have seen the 250k number bandied about the news over a number of years however.

    Trump 2016 !

    Joe Pavone

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    • Ann Corcoran said

      Hi Joe, not meant as criticism of Trump, and if you see it elsewhere, please send a link because I want to nail these numbers down.

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  5. Dick Durbin has asked for 100,000 refugees; he just returned from Greece, according to his office, and Kirsten Gillenbrand wants 1.5 million refugees, and her office has confirmed that.

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