Trump Watch! Nothing yet on slowing immigration (including refugees); ask the State Dept!
Posted by Ann Corcoran on January 24, 2017
He said he would do it on day one. No sign of anything happening today, on day 4, and it sure looks like his White House doesn’t even have refugees on its radar.
However, John Binder writing at Breitbart yesterday postulates that something on refugees will be coming sooner than expected. Really? It is already later than expected and comments from Sean Spicer at the first White House press briefing don’t sound hopeful (or knowledgeable).
Every day that Trump delays gives the Open Borders leftist activists more time to bash him and organize against him, so he should just get the pain over with quickly in my opinion.
***Update*** FAIR is reporting that the President still plans to “use his pen” for an executive order on extreme vetting of refugees, see here in coming “days and weeks.”
Here, below, Maria Jeffrey writing at Conservative Review points to press secretary Sean Spicer’s brushoff regarding refugees yesterday.
(Hat tip: Richard at Blue Ridge Forum)
In his first formal press briefing, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer couldn’t answer a question about President Trump’s refugee policy.
A reporter asked Spicer, “What’s the status of the Refugee Resettlement Program?”
Spicer told her, “I don’t know. I’ll have to get back to you on that one right now. Or, I think the best thing to do would be to contact the Department of State.”
Contact the State Department where the foxes are obviously still in control on the refugees! And, who would one even call there?
On the campaign trial, President Trump said that refugees seeking to come into the United States were a “Trojan horse” and that, in his administration, refugees would have to submit to rigorous vetting in order to be granted entrance. [See my previous post about how cursory the screening really is!—ed]
While the normal refugee resettlement process takes nearly two years, the Associated Press reported in April 2016 that, with the spike in refugees seeking admission to the U.S., the process was condensed to three months.
The Obama administration let in an unprecedented number of refugees in the past few years. [Yes, see here!—ed]
Conservative Review’s Daniel Horowitz has observed, “numbers matter when it comes to Middle Eastern immigration, cultural assimilation, and security risks.” Further, Horowitz asks, “when did the American people ever vote for such radical social transformation?”
The election of Donald Trump was a repudiation of many Obama-era leftist policies, and the admission of unprecedented numbers of refugees was one of them. It’s now up to President Trump to fulfill his own promises.
Yes, because I am beginning to hear the word “betrayal” on his immigration promises.
So much could be done to pause many immigration programs until Congress can be forced to act.
People are policy!
Spicer (Reince’s right hand man) came to his present perch from the Republican National Committee, not known for its work in reining-in immigration. See here. Laura Ingraham, earlier considered for the job of Press Secretary, comes from a very different place on the immigration issue—a loss for us, a win for the establishment.
What’s up with Wrapsnet?
There has been no data posted since I reported last on Saturday morning. Wrapsnet, for new readers, is where the US State Department almost daily reports on refugees being admitted to the US: their numbers, their nationalities, their religions and where they are being placed.
The site stopped posting data on Saturday, the 21st, with 30,063 refugees processed in to your towns and cities since October 1, 2016.
Here are the options from benign to worrying that could explain the mystery:
~It was just time to fix/repair something with the database, something that has happened periodically over the last few years.
~Because of the transition, staff at Wrapsnet are behind in data processing (however, the Refugee Processing Center is a contractor, so I don’t see why their work couldn’t continue).
~The Obama team cut it off just as they walked out the door and no one on the Trump team has a clue that it isn’t working.
~The Trump team cut it off on purpose so that we couldn’t continue to report the numbers entering the US while they took no action.
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