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Unaccompanied refugee minors program, small but could grow

Posted by Ann Corcoran on December 20, 2016

Two days ago we reported that Rep. Mike Honda (D-CA) had introduced a bill in the waning days of the Congress to admit 25,000 Syrian ‘orphans’ to the US.

So I found this story interesting and something you should know about.  We do have a program for ‘unaccompanied refugee minors’ not to be confused with the ‘unaccompanied alien children’ flooding across our southern border at the moment (and for the last few years).  The refugee minors program is for children who are deemed refugees (not the phony asylum seekers from Central America).   Although I think the reporter in the story at US News has the efforts confused.

Or, is it possible that the federal Office of Refugee Resettlement really has no authority to pay out over a billion dollars a year for those illegal alien children and is doing it under this one?


I don’t know if these formal refugee minors programs are also taking care of the tens of thousands of unaccompanied alien children (who are not legitimate refugees!). If your state has a program, you might add this to your investigative work. How many of the refugee ‘children’ are being cared for in your state? Are they all legitimate refugees? Does the program cost state and local taxpayers anything? When they become 18, what happens to them?

This news says they (resettlement agency reps) can find very few truly ‘unaccompanied’ children from Syria (although they are looking!) because most, if separated, quickly find parents or family members who take them in. This makes me wonder why Rep. Honda felt there was a need to bring in 25,000 orphaned Syrian children on a “temporary” basis.

From US News:

Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, or LIRS, and eight other refugee resettlement groups have worked with the federal government to resettle roughly 17,000 Syrian refugees, including many children within family units, since the conflict broke out in the country in 2011. But of those, the State Department says only one has been a minor without a parent or guardian to care for him or her. Out of privacy concerns, they could give no details about the minor.

The U.S. has the capacity to accept more orphans from the war-ravaged country, Haynes and other experts say. It’s just that for now – as jarring as it might sound while Aleppo’s trapped children plead for help – there aren’t many Syrian minors who qualify for this particular form of assistance.

The Unaccompanied Refugee Minors Program in the United States is the only formal program in the world that is specifically designed to bring unaccompanied refugee children into a unique domestic foster care system, says Haynes. Since its founding after the Vietnam War, the program has accepted about 13,000 minors. It’s a relatively small program, admitting about 200 children last year.

The system gives refugees access to all the support available in the regular foster care system, but also provides additional assistance for things like language training and mental health services. It’s a federally funded program, and like all refugee resettlement services, can be changed or terminated at the whim of the president.

The US Conference of Catholic Bishops and Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service monopolize this federal grant program.

Children can come into the program a range of ways. They’re frequently referred by United Nations refugee agency partners based in other countries. In other scenarios, they’ve crossed the southern border and are classified as victims of trafficking or asylum seekers. LIRS works with another group, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, to place the children. The program prioritizes family reunification, meaning officials try to place minors with relatives who are able and willing to care for them before putting them in the foster care system.

Now, pay attention to this! Once the ‘unaccompanied’ refugee reaches the age of 18, he she doesn’t leave, but can apply for family members to come to America!

Ensuring that minors are truly unaccompanied takes time, she says. And once they qualify and arrive in the U.S., they can’t apply for any family member to join them in the U.S. until after they are 18.

Continue reading here.

9 Responses to “Unaccompanied refugee minors program, small but could grow”

  1. Bring them unaccompanied Muslim kids on over. We will raise them as Christians! Teach them the only living Gods’ ways. Cleanse their minds of Mohammed and allah. We will show them God’s Loving Kindness! My family, will adopt three from Syria.


  2. All part of the globalist agenda. If they can’t dump third world adults on us fast enough, they use orphans from the shanty towns knowing they will get more sympathy. It is more difficult to object to having slum kids forced on your communities, since most people refuse to acknowledge the fact that these little leeches survive at the expense of our own children.

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  3. Reblogged this on islamnewworldorder and commented:
    Yes, like any federal government program, could come alive and grow right out of it pants, as we have seen so many times before.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. FIND Your Congressman GAME…DID they get re elected to wrought MORE damage to this Country ?

    H.R. 717–A bill to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to
    promote family unity, and for other purposes; to the Committee on
    the Judiciary.

    By Mr. HONDA (for himself, Mr. Gutierrez, Ms. Pelosi, Mr. Becerra, Mr.
    Conyers, Ms. Lofgren, Ms. Chu, Mr. Nadler, Ms. Lee of California, Mr.
    Grijalva, Mr. Ellison, Mr. Polis, Ms. Wasserman Schultz, Ms. Bordallo,
    Mr. Israel, Ms. Clarke, Mr. Rangel, Ms. Schakowsky, Ms. Wilson of
    Florida, Mr. Holt, Mr. Farr, Mr. Al Green of Texas, Mr. Rush, Mr.
    Hastings of Florida, Mr. Sires, Ms. Eddie Bernice Johnson of Texas,
    Mr. Lowenthal, Mr. Blumenauer, Mr. Moran, Ms. Eshoo, Mrs. Napolitano,
    Mr. McGovern, Mr. Faleomavaega, Mr. Deutch, Mrs. Capps, Mr. Quigley,
    Ms. Gabbard, Mr. Pocan, Ms. Pingree of Maine, Ms. Sinema, Mr. Capuano,
    Mr. Takano, Ms. Meng, Mr. Tonko, Mr. Sablan, Ms. Castor of Florida,
    Ms. Speier, Mr. Cicilline, Mr. Cardenas, Mr. Connolly, Mrs. Carolyn B.
    Maloney of New York, Ms. Moore, Mr. Welch, Mr. Pierluisi, Mr. Vargas,
    Mr. Langevin, Ms. Tsongas, Mrs. Davis of California, Mr. Markey, Mr.
    Veasey, Mr. Swalwell of California, and Mr. Serrano), H546 [14FE]

    Cosponsors added, H1860 [9AP], H2067 [16AP], H4039 [25JN], H5767
    From the Congressional Record, Volume 160 (2014)

    H.R. 717–A bill to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to
    promote family unity, and for other purposes; to the Committee on
    the Judiciary.
    Cosponsors added, H5598 [20JN]


  5. THIS IS what Honda proposed in HR 717 REUNITING FAMILIES ACT…read THE FINE PRINT !

    Introduced in House (02/14/2013)

    Reuniting Families Act – Amends the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) to establish the fiscal year worldwide level of employment-based immigrants at 140,000 plus: (1) the previous year’s unused visas, and (2) the number of unused visas from FY1992-FY2011.

    Establishes the fiscal year worldwide level of family-sponsored immigrants at 480,000 plus: (1) the previous year’s unused visas, and (2) the number of unused visas from FY1992-FY2011.

    Revises the definition of “immediate relative” to: (1) mean a child, spouse, or parent of a U.S. citizen or the child or spouse of a lawful permanent resident (and for each family member of a citizen or resident, such individual’s accompanying spouse or child), except that in the case of parents such citizens shall be at least 21 years old; (2) permit a widow or widower of a U.S. citizen or resident to seek permanent resident status if married at least two years at the time of the citizen’s or resident’s death or, if married less than two years, by showing through a preponderance of the evidence that the marriage was entered into in good faith and not solely to obtain an immigration benefit; and (3) include an alien who was the child or parent of a U.S. citizen or resident at the time of the citizen’s or resident’s death if the alien files a petition within two years after such date or prior to reaching 21 years old.

    Increases immigration visas for: (1) unmarried sons and daughters of U.S. citizens, and (2) brothers and sisters of U.S. citizens.

    Provides an 80,640 visa allocation for the unmarried sons and daughters of permanent resident aliens.

    Increases annual per country (10% of annual total) and dependent area (5% of annual total) limits for employment-based and family-sponsored immigrant visas.

    Expands specified family-unity exceptions to unlawful presence-based inadmissibility.

    Provides specified relief for orphans and spouses regarding: (1) petitions for immediate relative status, (2) parole eligibility, (3) permanent resident status adjustment, and (4) processing of immigrant visas.

    Makes an alien inadmissible for willful misrepresentation of citizenship. (Under current law inadmissibility is based on false representation of citizenship.)

    Filipino Veterans Family Reunification Act – Exempts children of naturalized Filipino World War II veterans from worldwide or numerical immigrant limitations.

    Makes a minor child of an alien fiancee/fiance or of an alien spouse of a U.S. citizen eligible for derivative K-visa status provided that the child’s age is determined using such child’s age at the date that the petition to classify such child’s parent as a K-visa alien is filed with the Secretary of Homeland Security (DHS).
    Authorizes the Secretary or the Attorney General to adjust the status of a finacee/fiance or alien spouse and any minor children (K-visa) to conditional permanent resident status if such alien marries the petitioner within three months after U.S. admission.

    Redefines “child” for purposes of titles I and II of the Act to include a stepchild under 21 years old. (Current law includes a stepchild who has not reached 18 years old at the time the marriage creating the status of stepchild occurred.)

    Amends INA to include a “permanent partner” within the scope of such Act.

    Revises provisions regarding: (1) priority date retention; (2) false claims and misrepresentations; and (3) waiver eligibility for widows, widowers, and orphans.

    Defines “permanent partner” as an individual 18 or older who: (1) is in a committed, intimate relationship with another individual 18 or older in which both individuals intend a lifelong commitment; (2) is financially interdependent with the other individual; (3) is not married to, or in a permanent partnership with, anyone other than the individual; (4) is unable to contract with the other individual a marriage cognizable under this Act; and (5) is not a first, second, or third degree blood relation of the other individual.

    Defines “permanent partnership” as the relationship existing between two permanent partners.

    Defines “alien permanent partner” as the individual in a permanent partnership who is being sponsored for a visa.


  6. Brittius said

    Reblogged this on Brittius.




    Progressive Congressman Mike Honda Ousted In Silicon Valley

    Democratic attorney Ro Khanna is headed to Capitol Hill.

    11/09/2016 09:32 am ET


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