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NumbersUSA prognostication on Trump Administration immigration/refugee policies

Posted by Ann Corcoran on November 10, 2016

This morning I figured I would just go back to business reporting the news from across America and across the world on what was happening with refugees and specifically refugee resettlement here and abroad.  But, all the news everywhere (typical of most of the media) was about immigrants/refugees (and groups like CAIR) freaking out.  In the case of one particular story from Baltimore, The Sun article caused my computer to freeze up for about a half an hour. (Don’t you just hate those sites, even Breitbart does it, where they run videos that simply pop up and stall your computer!).


Does anyone think that a law created by Senators Ted Kennedy and Joe Biden (signed by Jimmy Carter) is worth saving? Is it in the best interests of your towns and cities? No! Tweaking the numbers is not sufficient. I say blow it up and start over!

So instead of sorting through all the scare stories, I read what Roy Beck (NumbersUSA) said about Trump on immigration, but will have to beg to differ if this is really what Trump plans on refugees.

Geez, is the honeymoon over already?

And, so begins a new phase for Refugee Resettlement Watch!  Will we have to be the conscience—the nag—for an administration that purports to be on our side?

And what is my side? It is my job to advocate for what I believe needs to be done, not to find the compromise!

First, let me tell you what Roy Beck says in an otherwise good piece on immigration control and the American worker.

See here on Refugees:

Trump would continue refugee resettlement at more traditional lower numbers*** than the Obama Administration has sought and would emphasize a higher priority on helping more refugees in their home regions.

During Trump’s Phoneix, AZ speech in August 2016 he advocated for creating safe zones for refugees instead of permanently resettling them in the U.S.: “For the price of resettling one refugee in the United States, 12 could be resettled in a safe zone in their home region. Which I agree with 100 percent. We have to build safe zones.”

Trump has also said he will end the practice of forcing refugee resettlement on local communities against their wishes. [Easier said then done! What? take a vote in town? See who comes out with more activists in dueling rallies in the town?—ed]

Just lower the numbers?  No way!

The entire structure of the Refugee Act of 1980 is flawed and my wish is for it to be scrapped altogether.  The system of sending millions (billions!) of taxpayer dollars to non-profit ‘religious’ groups to, in cahoots with the US State Department, secretly place them (chosen by the UN!) in hundreds of towns and cities in 49 states is wrong!


Time to blow it up and start all over?

Now, if Congress with the President deem it in our national interest to admit some permanent refugees, then they must repeal the original act (build a new program) or completely overhaul it.  I have ideas on what could be done, if that is what the soon-to-be-powers in Washington decide to do.

But, simply reducing the numbers and restricting a few countries won’t cut it! This entire flawed system must be blown up first and I will continue to advocate for that outcome.

***If you want to talk “traditional” numbers, the refugee industry will be quick to say that the RAP (Refugee Admissions Program) admitted much higher numbers in the past, in some years twice what we bring now under Obama.  So you can’t stick to the strict ‘reduce numbers’ meme with this program. And, indeed, if Trump is turned out of the White House in 4 years, then the next administration will simply up the numbers again.

17 Responses to “NumbersUSA prognostication on Trump Administration immigration/refugee policies”

  1. Dr. Rich Swier said

    Great. Published:


    On Thu, Nov 10, 2016 at 7:26 AM, Refugee Resettlement Watch wrote:

    > Ann Corcoran posted: “This morning I figured I would just go back to > business reporting the news from across America and across the world on > what was happening with refugees and specifically refugee resettlement here > and abroad. But, all the news everywhere (typical of most o” >


  2. […] simple reduction in numbers, that has been suggested by some in the immigration control movement, is not adequate.  If it is deemed in the national interest to […]


  3. […] NumbersUSA prognostication on Trump Administration immigration/refugee policies November 10, 2016 […]


  4. FatherJon said

    Looks like the Australian government and Obama may have done a deal to take our detention centre Muslims before the handover in January –


  5. kerberos616 said

    Reblogged this on Kerberos616.


  6. Reblogged this on Booksbyjameswnelson and commented:
    The “refugee” act of 1980, instigated by these two blockheads, ultra-lib Ted Kennedy and Uncle dumbass Joe Biden, needs to be dissolved and re-worked by people with common sense.

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  7. babsjean15 said

    Ann, Governor Haslam, Tn, said that when he asked Trump about a specific issue, Trump told him that he wanted to leave these things up to the states. I think Trump will allow states to have a say in all matters rather than have a big controlling central government forcing things on us so that is good news. A lot of states might refuse the refugees. In the future it might depend more on state officials and what they do. I think in addition to your site, is also an excellent way to keep up with what elected officials are up to.


    • Ann Corcoran said

      Trump can’t leave things to the states with this program. He must encourage Congress to re-write the law. Will he? And, if he tries it will be a huge battle with Ryan and McConnell.

      Liked by 1 person

  8. Reblogged this on jowitteroosblog.


  9. Yes, scrap the 1980 act immediately!!

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  10. sidefxny said

    Ann- thanks once again for all your years of hard work. If it wasn’t for your diligence and vigilance, I doubt this whole immigration issue would have become such a big deal.

    Although I am breathing a huge sigh of relief that Trump got elected, I am always leery of people once they get into office. It has been my sad experience that no matter how good/ great the person was while they were campaigning, they inevitably went “bad” once they got in. And this is on the local level more than anywhere else. The fact that Trump was able to do what he did is immensely gratifying and I have the greatest hope for him. He is a hero and just what our country needed to get us off the Obama/ Clinton path. I will always have the highest regard for him just for this, even if he does nothing else.

    If HRC had been elected, there would be no hope for America. We know how that story would have ended and it wasn’t pretty. Now we have a chance, and it’s a very good chance with Jeff Sessions on the inside, that something will be done about this horrible immigration / refugee situation.

    Will we be able to sit back and relax? Afraid not. We will have to remain vigilant as always although I hope for your sake that you can take a small vacation after this campaign.

    All the best,


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  11. mjazzguitar said

    Have you tried a pop-up blocker, Ann? They work good for me.


    • Ann Corcoran said

      No, I have not…. will look into that. I’m pretty tech impaired but will see what I can do!


      • I agree Ann. It is the job of the Movement to keep putting the pressure on Trump with the truth. He is a negotiator which is basically why he’s been elected. He’s going to do the best he can with what he’s got. We The People have to give him what to work with and give him hell about it. It’s why we love him. Political Correctness is damned.

        Reading the timeline of Ronald Reagan’s choked agenda as the noose tightened and friends of Bush’s son nearly choked him soundly – was the guy’s recent release after all these years a dog whistle to Trump? We know what Trump wants to do, he will need to be nagged by WTP if he has any hope to beat down neocons, religion as politics, sexual deviants as normal, etc. Back to Reagan, when there was no social media, people were puzzling their way along with pieces all over the place like a jigsaw puzzle. Now we have better channels of mingling online, and the picture of the puzzle is right in front of us thanks to Trump, even if we are still working out which piece goes where.

        Seeing the main stream outlets keeping many people as dumb as possible, pressure of more of the same from them makes our voices a critical force. So to stay the course and keep the boat of hope afloat, might be why he said, now the work really begins.

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  12. Brittius said

    Reblogged this on Brittius.


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