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Testimony to US State Department on refugees from Mike in New Jersey

Posted by Ann Corcoran on May 11, 2016

Editor: This is in response to my offer to post testimony that readers have sent, or are sending before May 19th to the US State Department.

From Mike:

Simon Henshaw

Simon Henshaw is the Deputy Asst. Sec. for Refugees. Will he answer Mike’s questions?

Dear Mr. Simon Henshaw, and the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration:

How much is this resettlement costing taxpayers? The USA is over $19 trillion in debt and climbing. Can you please tell the taxpayers, publicly, on television, radio, email, your website, etc., why resettling 85,000 people per year is more important than those who are already here, in the USA, legal citizens, paying taxes?

Does your agency have any concerns about overpopulation in the USA? About the environment? Is this FY 2016 U.S. Refugee Admissions Program at odds with other programs? Possibly the taxpayer is funding the EPA to protect the environment, and the taxpayer is also funding the RAP which is stressing the environment?

It’s a terrible feeling to be funding programs and agencies, yet being out of the loop in terms of costs, sound reasoning, or input. I’m saying out of the loop in terms of input, because I have little hope that my email will make any difference. Possibly you and your agency will prove me wrong.

15 Responses to “Testimony to US State Department on refugees from Mike in New Jersey”

  1. John Moe said

    I have tried twice to send my comments to COMMENTS@STATE.GOV only to have them returned as undeliverable. Anybody else having this problem? Is there a different address?

    John in Indiana


    • Ann Corcoran said

      Hi John, I am putting the Federal Register notice here. You have the wrong e-mail address. It is close but not right:

      The United States actively supports efforts to provide protection, assistance, and durable solutions for refugees. The U.S. Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP) is a critical component of the United States’ overall refugee protection efforts around the globe. In Fiscal Year 2016, the President established the ceiling for refugee admissions into the United States at 85,000 refugees.

      As we begin to prepare the FY 2017 U.S. Refugee Admission Program, we welcome the public’s input. Information about the Program can be found at Persons wishing to submit written comments on the appropriate size and scope of the FY 2016 U.S. Refugee Admissions Program should submit them by 5 p.m. on Thursday, May 19, 2015 via email to or fax (202) 453-9393.Show citation box

      If you have questions about submitting written comments, please contact Delicia Spruell, PRM/Admissions Program Officer


  2. Roy Hobs said

    What will be the response??? Crickets.

    This is an intentional program……………it is called White Genocide! Why are only White nations being flooded with “refugees”? How about those “Ghost Cities” we keep hearing about in China. Why are not world leaders considering China’s Ghost Cities? This makes perfect sense.

    The reason: White Genocide. Allow Barbara Lerner Spectre to tell you all about it.


  3. domstudent11 said

    Great point about the EPA and RAP!


  4. PapaBear 76 said

    A very nice and thought out letter. But we as taxpayers might be better off contacting members of Congress,

    after all they are the people’s who represent all of us, and allocate the money in support of these programs.

    A good start would be Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) the Chair of the Refugee Committee, and Rep Raul Labrador (R-ID),

    the Vice Chair. Another method would be to contacted the Center for Disease Control, and the Department of Health Education and Welfare

    those statistics should be readily available at a touch of a button.


    • Ann Corcoran said

      The purpose of testifying is to use it in other ways. I have urged everyone to CC their elected officials. You must be a new reader or you would know that Gowdy is a paper tiger on this issue!


  5. TwoLaine said


    Total Refugee Appropriation = $616,340,000 – Pg: 10
    Total Refugees = 70,000 – Pg: 80
    Amount Spent per Refugee = $8,805

    Total UAC Appropriation = $911,848,000 – Pg: 10
    Total UACs Served = 57,496 – Pg: 72
    Amount Spent per UAC = $15,859

    This is what it looks like per their numbers.


  6. kerberos616 said

    Reblogged this on Kerberos616.


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  8. TwoLaine said

    This might be helpful to those writing your testimony. It is the latest available ORR Report to Congress for FY2014. I believe that the FY2015 Report is overdue.


    • Ann Corcoran said

      These are excellent reports. At one time they were 3 years overdue, but now that members of Congress and Senators care a little, they are getting them done faster. (Still not fast enough)

      Liked by 1 person

  9. Reblogged this on Rifleman III Journal.


  10. In my business…we preach: purpose, process and payoff…what is the payoff for the USA? I see zero payoff, only endless pay outs!


  11. TwoLaine said

    Thank you Mike! And Ann for sharing!


  12. bari1951 said

    Reblogged this on Kattukse Vrienden voor Israël.


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