Do governors have any power when it comes to resettlement of third-worlders to their states?

We are going to find out as the latest news is that 27 governors have in one way or another said—count me out when it comes to Syrian resettlement.

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From CNN:


[I hope to get time today to post some other considerations—one that I want everyone to understand is that we have been admitting tens of thousands of Muslim refugees for years from Somalia, Iraq, Afghanistan, Burma and Uzbekistan, just to name a few, and I am not confident they had any thorough screening either, especially the Somalis.

And, please remember that the problems we (and France) are having with terrorists in the immigrant population is that most have been raised in the protective bosom of our generous social welfare systems.  So the parents might have come in as (vetted) decent people, but their children became radicalized right here among us.  

All the vetting in the world isn’t going to save us from the toddlers coming in with Mom and Dad from Africa and the Middle East who thumb their noses at the ‘good life’ and become radicalized 20 years down the road.  The only true solution is a complete moratorium on Muslim immigration.  (See White House Petition). Will these governors have the will for that?  I doubt it!]


Back to the news…..

CNN filed this story about the governors’ power (or lack of it).  We know that ol’ Ted Kennedy and ol’ Joe Biden were very clever indeed when they crafted what became the Refugee Act of 1980 which is run almost completely by the US State Department, the Dept. of Health and Human Services Office of Refugee Resettlement and the ‘non-profit’ contractors who play a huge role in changing the demographics of your states.  There is very little role for Congress in the law either (short of the power of the purse which they are increasingly scared to use!).

(CNN)A wave of governors — mostly Republicans — issued a cascade of press releases Monday voicing objections to Syrian refugees landing their states, following the Paris attacks.

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Appleby is the chief lobbyist for the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, the federal contractor that resettles the largest number of Muslim refugees in the US. Last time I looked the Bishops were getting around $70 million annually from US taxpayers to do this work. We have many posts on him here:

Experts say that while the states may not have the legal authority to block their borders, state agencies have authority to make the process of accepting refugees much more difficult.

“When push comes to shove, the federal government has both the plenary power and the power of the 1980 Refugee Act to place refugees anywhere in the country,” said Kevin Appleby, the director of migration policy at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, the largest refugee resettlement organization in the country.

Appleby said one thing the states could do was to cut their own funding in the area.

This is the power the governors have—cut funding for welfare and other social services (most don’t even have a clue how much state and local taxpayers are shelling out for a program that was supposed to be fully-funded from Washington 35 years ago and with the additional financial help from the non-profit contractors).

American University law professor Stephen I. Vladeck put it this way: “Legally, states have no authority to do anything because the question of who should be allowed in this country is one that the Constitution commits to the federal government.”

But Vladeck notes that without a state’s participation the federal government would have a much more difficult time. “So a state can’t say it is legally objecting, but it can refuse to cooperate, which makes thing much more difficult.”

Indeed that is going to be the real test!  It is easy to spout-off with a letter now (after Paris), much harder to really put action behind those words. Be assured we will be watching!

22 thoughts on “Do governors have any power when it comes to resettlement of third-worlders to their states?

  1. “The immigration issues is not that complicated when we follow the Constitution and ignore all the ILLEGAL rules and procedures created by the politicians.
    Article 1 section 8 clause 4 delegates to Congress the power to “establish an uniform Rule of Naturalization.” That’s it. We did not delegate enforcement of those rules, just establishment.

    The 10th Amendment establishes:
    “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”
    Since enforcement was not delegated to the federal government is is a power RESERVED to the States. Which means, quite simply, that the States are the power to enforce the immigration rules and it is the States that are to refuse entrance to these potentially violent immigrants.

    The other point that is worth recognizing is that the delegation of power to the feds was for the purpose of creating “UNIFORM” rules of naturalization. These rules our feds have created that establish one standard for one people and another for others is not uniform. They are a violation of Art. 1 sec 8 cl 4 and therefore invalid pursuant to Art 6 sec 2.
    It is time for the States to live up to their obligations to preserve the Rights and the Liberties of the people.
    It is time for the States to protect their own borders when the feds refuse. There are States waking up to this reality.
    But its time for the People to demand their States do their jobs all across the union. The alternative is not what we want, I assure you.”


  2. God Bless Ann Corcoran for providing all of this valuable intel for what remains of the loyal opposition. It seems the Western world has gone mad, led by the insane Commander in Chief, Hussein Obama. The fact that this man cannot and will not say the word “Islam” in the same sentence as “terrorist” speaks volumes as to the political climate in Washington. Maybe ISIS would be doing us a favor if they knocked out most of the politicians in that cesspool. Where are the generals? Where is Congress? Why is it impossible for the good people who understand that our Country and our lives are at stake, to do anything against this President who is all powerful? Why are there NO checks and balances? Every day when it seems that things can’t get any worse, they do and then some. It all seems pretty hopeless.


  3. Two articles from Nov 17, 2014 Wasington Post bear correcting.
    Page A2 has a print title, “Republicans turning their backs on tolerance.” The author is Mr Dana Milbank.
    No terrorist incident has ever been traced to somebody admitted through the American refugee resettlement program.

    The other article, which is on page A8 details the story of a family from Syria that recently came in as refugees to Michigan in September, “A gut punch to Syrians in Michigan: Before Paris attacks, governor had embraced reselling of refugees.” The article provides no details of why the US considers this particular family to be targetted for persecution in Jordan, where they were living after having fled war in Syria. The artcile mentions the “volunteer group, the Syrian Rescue Network” without disclosing that taxpayer money funds food, housing, and couseling services. The article is by Steve Friess and Carol Mirello.

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    1. Have they forgotten the Boston Bombing already? I am sure that you could trace others that have happened back to this program, as well as many that have been reportedly thwarted that have been traced back already.


  4. The several-year-old scam of Somalians coming here under “family re-unification” programs
    highlights the ability and desire of Muslims coming here to defraud us and take us for every penny possible.

    An estimated 30,000 from this thuggish country, (not all were even actually from Somalia) failed DNA tests to determine if they were actually legit family members, they had bought fake credentials in Somalia.

    Of course they were all deported, (don’t let the door hit you in the “arse” on the way out).

    Or NOT! Are you kidding me, did you really think we would punish those who try to rob us?
    They are still here, thriving as if nothing happened.

    There is an unbelievable amount of fraud, deception, greed, profiteering, going on in the
    gimme-grant industry. And that is just within the VOLAG cartels, the State Department and the Muslim stained United Nations, the immigrants themselves are willing participants.

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    1. Those “contractors” must be licensed inside of a state to carry this “business” out. If they persist after a Governor or State Legislature has said NO then they run the risk of having their license revoked within that state. .


        1. Researched the NGO’s in NC that are contracted for this. All but one are currently licensed in the state as “Non-profit Corporations” even though one has made over $6K per refugee in 2015. (After figuring their total income, grants and contributions into their refugee resettlement programs and dividing it by their stated number of refugees assisted, 910). One actually discriminates by only assisting those from “AFRICA” and full members must be of “African descent”, though they will allow useful idiots “Affiliate member” status (as long as dues are paid). Another is advertising for part time employees in DURHAM NC at $8.50 an hour to “Make houses ready for refugees” before they arrive. Another is using a Corporate License that the SOC of NC says has been turned in. Talk about a mess waiting to happen. But yes, as they are licensed in the State, as Corporations, their licenses can be revoked and they can be shut down.


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