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Fate of Syrian resettlement in US this year rests in the hands of Ryan and McConnell

Posted by Ann Corcoran on November 17, 2015

I’m happy to report that our readers are more up on the news than I have been these last few days.  Thanks to all of you who are sending me hot-off-the-press news on the roiling controversy about Syrian refugee resettlement AP (After Paris).  I just don’t have the time to post it all!

Ryan and Mcconnell

Speaker Ryan and Senate Majority leader McConnell will be the ones who determine the fate of resettlement of Syrian refugees in the US this year (not the governors!). Kentucky is gradually becoming an important resettlement target and it’s been a mystery to me why McConnell has let it happen. I can only assume McConnell gets campaign contributions from industries, including the chicken processing industry, which needs cheap reliable laborers. For ambitious readers, we have a very large archive on Kentucky extending back many years (with many problems) here:

LOL! I did take a break today as Rush Limbaugh held forth for what I assume was much of his show and every time I turned on the TV I heard the “R” word (refugee).  Heck, everyone is covering it, I reminded myself.

Here, at Politico, is a story from yesterday I’ve been meaning to get to.

Don’t get me wrong, it is wonderful that governors across the country are speaking up, but even if you wish them to have the power to stop the resettlement (unless there was a Constitutional challenge which does need to get underway, but will take years!) there is really only one place it can be done quickly with any finality (for this year) and that is in Congress where the FUNDING MUST BE CUT OFF.

See our post on Saturday where I said just that—CONGRESS MUST USE ITS POWER OF THE PURSE!

The refugee resettlement contractors know that very well or they wouldn’t have had an emergency press conference call today!

Here is Politico telling us what the stakes are and informing us that what happens next will be the first crisis for new House Speaker Paul Ryan.

A cascade of Republicans on Monday implored the Obama administration to scrap plans to resettle 10,000 Syrian refugees in the United States next year, saying they pose an unacceptable security risk in the wake of last week’s terrorist attacks in Paris.

And, in a dramatic twist, the sudden standoff is raising the possibility of a government shutdown next month.

Throughout the day a host of Republican governors around the country, wary that refugees could end up in their home states, blasted President Barack Obama’s plans. But those governors lack real sway over the process, and some are asking Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) to insert a provision in the Dec. 11 spending bill that would bar more Syrian settlers.

Did you see this?  Lindsey Graham has backed off his earlier proposal to ADD funding for Syrian resettlement!

The politics are moving fast: The Democratic governor of New Hampshire, a Senate candidate, is siding with conservatives, and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) is reversing his support for a $1 billion spending bill intended to allow in more Syrian refugees after touting the measure just weeks ago. GOP leaders are keeping their options open as they mull whether to try to block new Syrian refugees by adding language to the must-pass spending bill.


Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), one of the leading immigration hard-liners in the Capitol, sent a letter to colleagues calling for provisions in the omnibus spending bill that would give Congress more oversight over Syrian refugees.


Ryan and McConnell will have to decide quickly on a course of action as they confront the first potential legislative crisis since Ryan became speaker.

More here.

Please everyone, starting tomorrow call your Washington elected representatives and call the leadership—Ryan and McConnell—and let them know how you feel.  And, keep calling through the Thanksgiving recess.

By the way, the resettlement contractors*** are ginning up their grassroots and the most maddening part of that is that they get to use your tax dollars to do it!

***Nine major federal contractors which like to call themselves VOLAGs (Voluntary agencies) which is such a joke considering how much federal money they receive:

14 Responses to “Fate of Syrian resettlement in US this year rests in the hands of Ryan and McConnell”

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  3. lynnamaria said

    I listened to the press call today regarding the refugee organizations who want to continue the influx process. They stated that no refugee had ever attacked the US however this is incorrect. The two Boston bomber brothers were refugees. They were also asked how the refugees were vetted and they replied they were vetted vigorously however they couldn’t describe the process. Even the Syrian government stated it would be difficult to do background checks on any of the refugees.


    • Ann Corcoran said

      They are all forgetting about the two Iraqi refugee terrorists arrested in KY in 2012 and now behind bars for life. They lied on their refugee applications to get into the US. You know they actually ask them if they have been involved in any way with a terrorist organization and expect the wannabe refugees to be truthful! It defies all commonsense. There have also been many war criminals let into the US who subsequently were found out and the whole process of trials and deporting them fell on the US taxpayer. And, don’t buy those big words—biographic and biometric data they gather. If you don’t know who the people (biographic) are and they have never been fingerprinted with prints available internationally (biometric) then they can’t be screened (except by asking them to answer questions truthfully!) Give me a break!
      But, here is what is more important, or should be: the terrorists arrested in the US and in Europe who came as child immigrants (became US or French citizens) and have since become radicalized are of perhaps greater concern than the supposed “vetted” parents who might have been o.k. people when we admitted them. Best to just keep them all out. Imagine how France would be today if they had never let the barbarians in the gate….


      • michellefromsandiego said

        No problem, Ann. The US can revoke citizenship if someone lies on the form.
        In 1995, Odeh entered the United States from Jordan.[6][27] At the time, according to her later federal indictment, she denied that she had “EVER” (in bold and capitalized on the form) been charged, convicted, or imprisoned for a crime.[28][29]

        The U.S. Attorney in the Eastern District of Michigan said: “An individual convicted of a terrorist bombing would not be admitted to the United States if that information was known at the time of arrival.”[19] In 2004, Odeh applied to become a United States citizen.[5] According to her indictment, on her immigration forms, she again answered “no” when asked if she had ever been convicted of a crime or spent time in prison; her defense attorneys claimed that she understood the form to be referring to her time in the United States.[28][5]
        Dated: March 12, 2015
        The defendant, Rasmieh Yousef Odeh, having been convicted of unlawfully procuring her United States citizenship, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1425(a), and pursuant to Title 8, United States Code, Section 1451(e): IT IS ORDERED that naturalization of the defendant in the name of Rasmieh Joseph Steve, ordered by the Director of Citizenship and Immigration Services admitting the defendant to United States citizenship on December 9, 2004, is revoked and set aside, and the Certificate of Naturalization No. 28483506 is cancelled.
        /s/Gershwin A Drain
        United States District Judge


    • rae9582 said

      The claim that no refugee has ever committed a terror act is false. The speaker must be unwilling to do a simple google search, or is evidently ignorant of well-known events like the Bowling Green plot which Ann mentions in her reply, as well as a number of other incidents, like the Trolley Square murders in Salt Lake city several years ago. The killer was Sulejman Talovic, a Bosnian refugee.
      And what about the Boston Marathon bombings, the Tsarnaev brothers? Refugees.

      There were the Fort Dix terror plotters, as well as would-be terrorists in Lackawanna, New York.

      The list goes on. Nidal Malik Hassan, who killed a dozen people at Fort Hood, Texas had immigrant parents who according to some reports were refugees.
      Going back to 1968, with the assassination of Bobby Kennedy, the president’s brother, Sirhan Sirhan and his family were Palestinian Christian refugees.
      The spokesmen for these refugee organizations must be very uninformed or willfully deceptive. After all their livelihood depends on keeping the public uninformed — or misinformed.
      I blogged about this issue on my blog.


      • Ann Corcoran said

        Thanks for this. I know and I should do a whole chronology, but its so much work because there are so many cases. Think about all those Somalis in Columbus OH and Minneapolis who have been sent to prison for terror connections… Honestly they think they can lie and get away with it.


      • Ann Corcoran said

        And, one more thing. I think the Chattanooga killer is from a family that was granted asylum (political refugees!), but our secretive government isn’t revealing that info! They know how the family got in here!


  4. domstudent11 said

    Newt Gingrich on Sean Hannity stated today that if Dems continue to support hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees, they will be the party that is willing to gamble the security of American ciitizens.


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  6. Dave Gorak said

    If Ryan and McConnell bow to Obama on Syrian refugees, then we will have gained nothing by removing Boehner from the Speaker’s chair.


    • Ann Corcoran said

      You got it! Big test!


      • Dave Gorak said


        Just wanted to add that I was at the Oct. 25 Writers Workshop in D.C. and appreciated your remarks. Sorry that I was unable to speak with you afterwards to tell you how much I appreciate your efforts to educate an American public that has been deliberately been kept in the dark by the mainstream media. I was a Chicago journalist for 30 years, and when it comes to balanced reporting of immigration the rules of responsible news coverage are no where to be found.


        • domstudent11 said

          Dave, I appreciate all the work Numbers USA has done over the years and the recent focus on the refugee situation, which is another prong of immigration.


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