Refugee Resettlement Watch

Where is the House Judiciary Committee on Obama’s refugee plan? Where is the hearing?

Posted by Ann Corcoran on September 24, 2016

The Refugee Act of 1980 requires a hearing in both the House and Senate Judiciary Committees on the Presidential ‘determination’ on the number of refugees the President is proposing for the upcoming fiscal year—in advance of the fiscal year.

FY2017 begins a week from today!

We know that Senator Jeff Sessions scheduled a hearing and that the Obama State Department refused to attend (see here).

***Update*** Senate hearing postponed from last week is now scheduled for Wednesday the 28th of September.  Details here.

But where is the House?


Rep. Trey Gowdy is Chairman of the subcommittee responsible for the Refugee Admissions Program. He did not sign the Babin letter where more than 30 of his colleagues (found the time to sign) are asking that funding be stopped for refugees coming from terrorist-producing regions of the world. We are told that Gowdy has since written his own PRIVATE letter to Speaker Ryan on the subject. If there is a letter (doubtful). Why the secrecy?

I just checked the House Judiciary Committee hearing schedule and there is nothing scheduled this week on the largest and most dangerous number of refugees we have proposed to admit to the US probably ever!

Immigration Subcommittee Chairman Trey Gowdy has a hearing scheduled this week on how New Orleans became a sanctuary city, but nothing else.

(It is Gowdy’s subcommittee that would be responsible for reforming the UN/US State Department Refugee Admissions Program, but no one in 30 years, including Gowdy, has had the guts to tackle it.)

I’m sure that New Orleans illegal alien problem is a very important issue, but….

no where near as important as 110,000 refugees (20,000-30,000 Syrians) arriving in the US beginning next Saturday!

And, so far, Chairman of the full committee, Rep. Bob Goodlatte, doesn’t have any hearing scheduled either when you know that the Administration will open the flood gates in October trying to get as many of their 110,000 in here before Obama leaves office in January.

Are Goodlatte and Gowdy going to sit by silently and watch?

I want you to have a look at the Congressional calendar (below) as it stands right now for the last few months and through the end of they year.  They can’t wait to get that Continuing Budget Resolution (CR) done and get out of DC so they can campaign.

And, the reason we once again will be looking at a Budget rush-job is that Congress (under the leadership of Speaker Paul Ryan) once again did not get their work done in a timely fashion.

Look at this calendar! Frankly they shouldn’t be off for 6 weeks beginning this Friday!



Most recent calendar I could find, there may be an updated one.


But, don’t despair, you have perhaps one of the best opportunities to make their lives miserable as the majority of your representatives will be up for re-election on November 8th. You will need to reach them in their districts on this, in my opinion, the most critical issue this country faces—immigration and specifically refugee resettlement!  Be at every townhall they hold. Picket their offices and their homes if you must to get their attention.

Don’t let any member of the House, or US Senator, tell you it is too late for this year!

They will be coming back to finish the budget during the lame duck session and you need to ‘educate’ them at home because they can cut out funding for the refugee program in the lame duck!  More on that later.

BTW, I don’t know where they are at the moment on the CR (short term funding of the federal government), but keep telling them you want the Refugee Admissions Program defunded (use the word moratorium!) because as frustrating as it is trying to get through to them, your persistence alone sends them a warning message about how important this issue is to you (and to the future of America!).

For any of you who want to read-up on the issue, everything I’ve written on Congress’ role as the branch of government that doles out the money for Obama’s programs is tagged ‘Where is Congress.’ 

17 Responses to “Where is the House Judiciary Committee on Obama’s refugee plan? Where is the hearing?”

  1. […] Where is the House Judiciary Committee on Obama’s refugee plan? Where is the hearing? September 24, 2016 […]


  2. Reblogged this on Hard Charger.


  3. I’m quite sure it’s somewhere in the White House behind closed doors with a armed guard and the press isn’t invited nor any Republicans, only the Good Old Boys who want to flood our nation with 3rd World Cave Dwellers.


  4. eagle669 said

    Obama is not going to sign anything that is good for the American people at this time.


  5. eagle669 said

    I say haste makes waste. I say send congress home until the election is over. Follow Ted Cruz’s advice.


  6. tmasierrahills said

    Easy for me to say, and maybe I will do this in some parallel universe when I have more time, or maybe this has already been done and I have missed it. But I think it would be very helpful if any one of us would be generous enough to come up with something like ‘Calling Your Congressional Office Talking Points to Defund the Refugee Resettlement Program.’ Maybe a dozen talking points, optimistically if they give you that much time, with facts to back them up, that we can quickly run through. Maybe each of us could change around their order so it would seem less like a repetitious mass auto-campaign.

    I’m not much of a caller, but a while back I called my California congressman’s DC office–at least he votes sanely–and surprisingly the polite person answering the phone probably would have let me talk all day. Frankly, I was only expecting to blurt out a few words, probably to a voice mail, and had no longer presentation, chock full of data, in mind to take advantage of the time. So I just quickly made my main point and drew the call to a close. I probably would have done much better if I had prepared some talking points beyond that. It’s not that I haven’t learned a lot about this topic, but if I am unexpectedly given an adequate amount of time, I’m sort of, ‘God, where do I START?!’ I guess I’ll sketch out some talking points before I call again someday. Anyway, just an idea.


    • domstudent11 said

      I would suggest that you become a member of NumbersUSA ( They have an action board with FAXs already addressed to your congressional reps that you can send “as is” or edit. Recently they had an action item about the refugee resettlement program, as well as several articles on Obama’s 2017 request. You can use their FAXs for talking points.


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  8. domstudent11 said

    Ryan is supposedly a “budget” person, but he seems to be doing what Illinois legislators always do: kick the can down the road.

    I sent him a message on his contact page and he (or a staff member probably) responded with a long list of areas he wants to focus on (none of which included refugees). He referred me to which outlines in detail the 2017 House Budget Committee document. Strikingly absent is any mention of the costly refugee program or the impact of 3rd world immigrants (illegal and refuges) on Medicaid, TANF and SNAP costs, or the effect on upward mobility for Americans (p.36). The only mention of refugees is on the summary page:

    “Identifies vulnerabilities in our nation’s refugee program and calls for oversight and rigorous screening.”

    As you previously noted, Section 623 only talks about national security, not about costs of the program.


    • Ann Corcoran said

      I got the same ludicrous canned response when I wrote to Ryan’s office about refugees.


      • eagle669 said

        I don’t think letters written to Congress are useful. Forced accountability must be engaged. Unless there is a life or death vote needed. Congress will never muster up enough votes for a veto over-ride. Congress should go home for the rest of the year. We have a traitor in the oval office. We as American citizens have to realize what this man is going to do after he leaves office. Obama could be a very dangerous person as the Secretary General of the U.N. against America as he is. Obama should reside for his safety at Gitmo for the rest of his life.

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  10. Trey Gowdy comes out sounding like a pit bull, he barks but has no teeth.

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  11. Must read

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  12. The word you are looking for is TREASON.
    Notice the REFUJIHADIS are being plunked in the centers of the most homogeneous, White, Christian, areas of the country.
    That is deliberate, planned GENOCIDE, just as in Europe.
    Paul Ryan & the other RINOneocons are NOT working for America.

    The Kristols, like father like son. No honor among thieves.
    “I have been a neo-Marxist, a neo-Trotskyist, a neo-socialist, a neoliberal, and finally a neoconservative.” – Irving Kristol, Neo-Conservatism: The Autobiography of an Idea
    Confessions of a Neo-Conservative
    NeoCon was INVENTED by Irving Kristol and his CABAL of TROTSKYITE COMMUNISTS. Irving Kristol himself was once a member of the “Workers’ Party”—a Trotsky-influenced political group. In his Neoconservatism: The Autobiography of an Idea, Kristol admits to being “lucky to have been a young Trotskyite and I have not a single bitter memory.”
    NeoCon is COMMUNISM wrapped in an American flag.
    NeoCons refuse to WEAR an American uniform ….
    they just wrap themselves in the flag and send YOU and YOURS to be maimed and
    killed while they WAR PROFITEER off their “defense stocks”.
    Today’s American NeoCons are yesterday’s Jewish Bolsheviks. SAME THING.

    The correct spelling is neoCOMMUNIST.

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