Refugee Resettlement Watch

Trump Watch! Nothing yet on slowing immigration (including refugees); ask the State Dept!

Posted by Ann Corcoran on January 24, 2017

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Trump Watch! We know that the President has the power to pause the refugee program without Congress, what is taking so long?

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?”

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Spicer: Ask the State Dept! What the hell! I smell a rat—is it Reince or Ryan on refugees? Both?

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]

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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.

Continue reading here.

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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Contact the White House opinion page here.  Tell the President what you think about the UN/US Refugee Admissions Program.

24 Responses to “Trump Watch! Nothing yet on slowing immigration (including refugees); ask the State Dept!”

  1. Lisa Matta said

    Hello Ann,

    You probably saw today’s article as we’re all watching: Trump Expected to Sign Executive Orders on Immigration:

    https://ca.news.yahoo.com/exclusive-trump-expected-sign-executive-orders-immigration-001530555.html

    I know this is not a complete answer and that we must stay vigilant, BUT I’m praising the Lord Jesus for incredible and quick movement in the right direction!

    Gratefully, your servant in Christ,

    Mark

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  2. Uh, WAKE up. he’s signing EOs T O M R R O W to BLOCK ME ‘refugees’ from coming in…

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  3. Theodore said

    this just broke…

    Exclusive: Trump expected to sign executive orders on immigration [on Wednesday]
    Tue Jan 24, 2017 | 7:15pm EST

    “U.S. President Donald Trump is expected to sign several executive orders on Wednesday restricting immigration from Syria and six other Middle Eastern or African countries, according to several congressional aides and immigration experts briefed on the matter….”

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  4. Eric Baker said

    Man give him a few days, he has priorities. You had 8 years of problem, you cant wait 1 week or two more, no?

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  5. Lou Dobbs just said that tomorrow (Wed) would have immigration and refugee decisions from the White House.

    Roy Beck from NumbersUSA has started a Twitter campaign on the DACA issue which must be turned off because illegal alien DREAMers are still signing up for it.

    https://www.numbersusa.com/blog/were-starting-twitter-campaign-urging-trump-administration-fulfill-promise

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  6. Breaking: President Trump to sign immigration papers THURSDAY!!!!!
    http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-immigration-exclusive-idUSKBN1582XQ?feedType=RSS&feedName=topNews&utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=Social

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  7. Mickey Kaus ‏@kausmickey Jan 23

    Mickey Kaus Retweeted Ms. and so it goes

    That’s the next step: If DREAMERS legalized of course they’ll turn around and try to legalize their parents (the ones, in theory, at fault)

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  8. The latest news shows that Trump is showing himself to be a turncoat, as expected: https://www.yahoo.com/news/trump-admin-backs-off-pledge-immediate-immigration-change-212003362–politics.html

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  9. I believe there is a 5th option for your list of reasons Wrapsnet is not showing anything new.

    President Trump has ordered a “stop in place” order (similar to the ACA order he publicly signed) on the program, halting the flow. Since he has 2 or 3 “republican” Senators that are openly threatening to cause him problems over this issue, He is keeping this quiet until he can get his major Cabinet players confirmed… i.e. State, AG, ect.

    I don’t think he wants to be fighting for the next month to get his cabinet done and he needs the votes of these weasels at the moment. I have NO doubt that President Trump will keep his promises regarding the refugees. We just need to realize the logistics behind not going public with it at this moment.

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  10. The Office of Refugee Resettlement is under the Health and Human Services.
    Tom Price is going through the confirmation process. I’m sure it’s necessary for the Secretary of the HHS to make effective actions on refugees.
    Trump is doing fine so far in the few days he’s been in office.

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  11. deidra holland said

    Hey, Ann!

    What about the legislation he signed regarding the TPP?

    Just wondering if that has any merit in regards to immigration (Obviously not the “Refugees”)

    Thanks for keeping us posted on what’s going on,

    Deidra Holland

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  12. icthelite said

    Contact the State Dept., say what? The State Dept is still being rum by the last administration. They have packed the pipeline with thousands of middle east migrants that they are hoping to get into the USA before there is a change there. Sounds like a stall tactic if you ask me. How many more thousands have to be allowed to slip in that are replacing higher paid workers because they are a cheaper labor force?

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  13. sidefxny said

    Yes, you are right, it is very worrisome that we are not hearing anything yet from the Administration. I thought that by now either Jeff Sessions or Stephen Miller might have come out with some kind of statement. Let’s pray that we hear something good sooner than later.

    I have dealt with enough politicians in my day to have a certain amount of cynicism about even the best of them. I have seen wonderful people who had the best platforms and intentions turn into the worst autocrats after they got elected. We have to give President Trump time but also be willing to hold his feet to the fire if necessary.

    Thanks as always for the work you do for us and our country.

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  14. Soetoro sent many “workers” to refugee camps to speed up the process from 2 years to 2 days etc. Those “workers” should be back to USA and out of a job, what is going on? We are left in dark about refugees pouring in to the Country and Trump ignores his promises. I am getting more upset by the minute!

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  15. This is serious! Was Trump swayed by ryanbag ryan? Preebus? No excuse not to have stopped “refugees” into Country! No excuse about stopping DACA! Yell and scream until this is done!

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  16. I think today is day 2 in the count due to the weekend

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  17. Robert Ohlrich said

    Can’t find “opinion page”. Please, more specific.

    Sent from my iPhone

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    • Ann Corcoran said

      Did you click on the link (the blue word ‘here’)? It opens right up for me. Let me know if it doesn’t for you.

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      • John Williams said

        This is what I sent the WH:

        “Dear Mr President:

        Many of us have wanted a meaningful change in immigration policy. One change that would be easy to do is simply shut down the Refugee Resettlement Program. The entire program has become a racket run by the contractors, wherein they are paid by the head and have no incentive to operate responsibly.

        The Refugee Act of 1980 should be repealed. It is the evil product of Ted Kennedy, Joe Biden and Jimmy Carter. Our refugees are determined by the UNHCR, an agency that like most of the UN, hates the US. The US DoS is more than happy to take whatever the UNHCR sends in the hope that they will like us, an insane expectation. The Obama Administration has run the program so as to import as many people as possible in the hope it will turn Flyover Country blue – and it may succeed if it continues as it has recently.

        The communities where refugees are dumped (yes, dumped) have no notice or influence in who or how many get dumped in their midst. They are then required to pay for the refugees’ many needs, e.g education, medical care, legal assistance, etc. Just ask the people in places like Amarillo, TX, Twin Falls, ID, Lewiston, ME, Shelbyville, TN, etc. Many communities have been ruined by this out-of-control program.

        You can stop this disaster immediately, and should. The program should be thoroughly reviewed and ideally, the Refugee Act of 1980 should be repealed. The American people are the most generous in the world, but we can’t take every suffering person in the Third World without suffering ourselves. Rather than call for “Extreme Vetting” of people from certain countries, just stop the whole thing until it can be managed properly and the needs & feelings of people where refugees are placed are taken into account. We are tired of being literally dumped on. ”

        Well, that’s my humble message. It takes a little effort to get to the contact page as it gets stepped on by the new splash page. Just go to the bottom and find the Contact section. I would really like to see the Administration hit the brakes on this mess and would love to see the VOLAGs shut down entirely. I can dream, can’t I?

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  18. budfundi said

    Perhaps he’s waiting for Sessions to be approved before he can act on refugees. Without that office, not much can be done. Please be patient. Trump DOES keep his promises.

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    • He didn’t wait to freeze federal hiring, did he? he said he would start deporting within hours of his inauguration. He has had enough time and just keeps stalling. Now we are supposed to wait for background checks on the illegals? all I hear are excuses but see no action.

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      • budfundi said

        And had you waited a day…. I know folks are low on patience, after 8 years of tyranny; I am, too. But, for the love of Pete, the man hasn’t even dusted off the confetti from the election yet.
        Give it a rest, folks. Rome wasn’t built in a day and, with the mess o’Nero has made, it’ll take more than a few days to untangle the web.

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