Refugee Resettlement Watch

Trump Watch! Will it be today as Reuters reported yesterday?

Posted by Ann Corcoran on January 25, 2017

And, if the New York Times is right, a 50,000 cap for this fiscal year doesn’t cut numbers enough in my view!

Both Fox News and CNN are reporting this morning that today’s executive orders will deal with The Wall and other ways of beefing up immigration control.  They report, contradicting what Reuters said last evening, that refugees will be later in the week. It is probably best to just wait and see rather than speculate.

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Trump Watch! Does the New York Times have its facts straight? Trump capping at 50,000?

But, I believe he can’t wait much longer because as we speak the US State Department has been bringing them in at an unprecedented rate since Inauguration day.

With no Secretary of State or any deputies, the bureaucrats are scrambling, and word is coming back from resettlement contractors that they have geared up for a massive flow to the established resettlement sites (see those sites here).  Trump must act this week!

Wrapsnet is back!

Yesterday I reported that the US State Department’s database where refugee entries to the US are logged by date of arrival, nationality, religion etc. had been down Sunday, Monday and most of Tuesday making it impossible to find out how many refugees were coming in since Inauguration Day.

(See my introductory post to this watch, here.)

This is what we know.  On the morning of Inauguration Day, January 20th, we had admitted 29,895 refugees since the first day of the 2017 FISCAL year (October 1, 2016).  (This fiscal year runs from October 1, 2016 to September 30, 2017).  29,895 is itself an extraordinarily high number, a rate not seen since before 9/11.

This morning, January 25th, Wrapsnet reports that we have now admitted 30,885. That means of course that since Inauguration day, 990 refugees have been placed in your towns and cities.

As of today, and for this fiscal year we have admitted the following from some countries of concern:

Afghans:  810 (up 62 from Inauguration day)

Iraqis:  4,733 (up 173)

Somalis: 3,894 (up 88)

Syrians:  4,754 (up 166)

This is new!

The New York Times reported yesterday that President Trump is talking about capping the number of refugees for this year at 50,000.

Before I get to that, for new readers, under the Refugee Act of 1980, the President (each year) sends a determination letter to Congress in September, in advance of the new fiscal year.  In it, the President tells Congress how many refugees he wishes to admit and from what regions of the world they will come for the upcoming fiscal year.

Congress’s only role is that of consultant and for at least the first 8 years I’ve been writing about the refugee program, Congress did nothing.  In 2015 and 2016 Senator Jeff Sessions’ Immigration Subcommittee held rigorous hearings, but without passing legislation there isn’t much they can do. Bottomline, the Prez has the power.

Now here is what the New York Times is reporting, thanks to reader Theodore for sending it.

Mr. Trump’s refugee directive is expected to target a program the Obama administration expanded last year in response to a global refugee crisis, fueled in large part by a large flow of Syrians fleeing their country’s civil war. Mr. Obama increased the overall number of refugees to be resettled in the United States to 85,000 and ordered that 10,000 of the slots be reserved for Syrians. He set the number of refugees to be resettled this year at 110,000, more than double the 50,000 Mr. Trump is now considering.

By the end of last month, more than 25,000 refugees had been resettled, according to State Department figures, meaning the plan Mr. Trump is considering would admit only 25,000 more by the end of September. [Yes, the NYT is using the fiscal year numbers—ed]

We reported above that as of today, the DOS has admitted 30,885 refugees.

Is Donald Trump really considering capping the number at 50,000 for FY2017? 

If so, that is not cutting the numbers greatly in my view.  Yes, compared to Obama’s wished-for 110,000 it seems substantial, but examine the chart below and see that it is not out of the ordinary and definitely is more than we admitted in 2002 and 2003 (in the wake of 9/11).

In FY02 we admitted 45,850 and in FY03 it was 39,177 (see my research here).

When you look at this chart from Wrapsnet, in addition to looking at total refugee admissions, add up the months of Oct, Nov, Dec and Jan and you will see that the numbers admitted in this fiscal year far surpass any year on this chart. (By the way, the column for “ceiling” is what the President proposed in his September determination letter.)

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Couldn’t find the updated version of this chart. We admitted just under 85,000 refugees in Obama’s last full fiscal year. But please see that the lowest admission year reported here is 2006 (We admitted smaller numbers in 2002 and 2003.) See that in addition to FY02, FY03, FY06 and FY07, those Bush years are lower than this 50,000 number the NYT is reporting Trump might be shooting for.

To find more useful information, visit our ‘where to find information’ category here.  And, Trump Watch! is here.

I sent a message to the White House, here, yesterday.  Have you?

And, LOL! now that I have spent 2 hours writing this, I’ll find out that the news has changed again!

17 Responses to “Trump Watch! Will it be today as Reuters reported yesterday?”

  1. sidefxny said

    Ann- it looks like he did it today- Friday, January 27th!

    https://www.yahoo.com/news/trump-vows-vetting-weed-islamic-radicals-215333448.html

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  2. futuret said

    I HAVE BEEN WATCHING THIS IMMIGRATION, AND IT IS VERY WISHY WASHY IN EVERY RESPECT. FIRST HE SAYS, HE IS GOING TO SUSPEND VISAS FROM SEVEN MUSLIM COUNTRIES, THEN HE FURTHER PLANS TO PUT CHRISTIANS A HEAD OF THE LINE, BUT WILL ALLOW 18,000 MORE MUSLIMS. THE ARMY NATIONAL GUARD HAS BEEN ADVERTISING FOR MUSLIMS. THE WALL AS IT MAY BE, WILL GET STARTED AS A PROJECT SEVERAL MONTHS FROM NOW, BUT THE 25 MILLION DOLLAR WALL, ARCHITECTS SAY WILL BE IMPOSSIBLE TO BUILD, BECAUSE OF THE STRUCTURE AND THE FOUNDATION. I HAVE UNTIL I AM PURPLE IN THE FACE, TOLD FOLKS HE IS A FLIP FLOPPING LIAR, INCLUSIVE OF THE FACT HE IS DOING EVERYTHING REAR END BACKWARDS. HE SAYS HE WANTS TO BRING AMERICAN JOBS BACK, WELL HE SHOULD HAVE STARTED WITH HIMSELF FIRST, BY SELLING ALL BUSINESS INVESTMENT OF FOREIGN NATURE FROM OVERSEAS, AND FROM THAT FORTUNE OF MONEY HAND IT OVER TO HIS SONS TO START OTHER BUSINESSES HERE THAT WOULD EMPLOY AMERICANS. YES, IT BEGINS WITH HIM FIRST. NO ELECTED OFFICIAL FROM CITY COUNCIL ON UPWARD TOWARDS THE PRESIDENCY, SHOULD HAVE ANY FOREIGN INTERESTS OF BUSINESS AT ALL, ANY BUSINESS THEY HAVE SHOULD STRICTLY RESIDE IN THE UNITED STATES. HE IS DOING EVERYTHING SO BACKWARD, COMBINED WITH OBAMA’S EXECUTIVE ORDERS, BOTH OF THEM, AND I MEAN BOTH OF THEM ARE GOING TO PUT US IN MORE DANGER. HE HAS ELIMINATED FUNDING FOR SANCTUARY CITIES, BUT HE HAS NOT STOPPED THE GRANTS FROM CHURCHES AND SYNAGOGUES WHO ARE HELPING THESE MUSLIMS, WHICH LEAVES A LOOPHOLE IN IMMIGRATION. THIS IS MORE OF A MESS, THEN WHEN IT ORIGINALLY STARTED OUT.

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  3. All this is just sudtrifuge, just to keep you busy, it means nothing. what is happening is more of your freedoms are being eroded. The time is coming for us to stand up and say NO. no more, we refuse to obey, we will not comply . We are free human beings, and only answer to our God and no one else. I think the time has arrived, enough already. Let end this crap……..

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  4. I can’t understand why we don’t apply these resources to our own needy people and get 50,000 off the streets. We don’t need to take in any “refugees” until every single one of our own people is living at the standards deemed acceptable for these burdensome foreigners, if at all. Time to completely derail the refugee gravy train while we can.

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  5. Muslims should stay in their own countries, fight instead of running, or move to another Muslim country. They don’t need to come here. Trump is stopping those from certain countries which is better than nothing, hopefully he will go deeper and stop these groups moving out of these countries into other areas overseas just so they can get over here. Re settlements need to shut down and people deported back. Most will end up on the dole otherwise and form terrorist cells.

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  6. I might be too “lenient”, but any sign of the POTUS doing anything about this problem is a step up for us, I think, especially considering the total disregard for America’s sovereignty afforded us by our out-going POTUS. If nothing else, even just proposed actions on the part of our POTUS is a signal to the parasites that the USA will soon be showing some self-respect.

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  7. Yes, 50K is too much as reported and needs to be cut to near zero, but down from commie soetoro’s 110K. The original report said Thursday and then corrected to Wednesday. Thursday, President Trump will be at repub meeting.

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  8. Well anyone ,thinking gee all that tax money flowing to them, not let them in period! President Trump America FIRST!!! !American tax payers,veterans would get free health care housing insurance doctor care dental etc. it paid by money cut off from refugees! Americans FIRST!!! WE THE PEOPLE should have a say! Where are our jobs going? Big companies getting cheap labor from the influx of refugees,paid by us the taxpayers!! Enough is enough!! Americans, jobs for Americans!

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  9. I read he put a halt on refugees.

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  10. sidefxny said

    Ann- as usual, you nailed it. Here is a link to the to Breitbart article “Bureaucrats Bring 500 Refugees into Country One Day Before Trump’s expected Ban.”

    http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/01/24/bureaucrats-bring-500-refugees-into-country-one-day-before-trumps-expected-ban/

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  11. REPORT: Trump To Ban Refugees And Limit Visas From Terrorist Hotbeds http://dailycaller.com/2017/01/24/report-trump-to-ban-refugees-and-limit-visas-from-terrorist-hotbeds/ via @dailycaller

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  13. sidefxny said

    Ann-I hope you are enjoying the first week of President Trump’s administration even though we will have to wait and see as to what happens later today. According to the official schedule for today, January 25th, it looks like he is leaving for the Office of Homeland Security at 1PM and that there may be an announcement at 1:30 or so. I’m sure many millions will be watching to see just how far he goes with OUR most important issue.

    No matter what, your loyal fans know that you will continue to shine a light on what is happening in the dark halls of the refugee contractors who are not going to jump off the gravy train so easily. Now is not the time for any of us to relax our vigilance and while I have the greatest hope for Pres. Trump, there are hundreds of thousands of bureaucrats who work for the Deep State shadow government who are making millions by importing the savage invaders into our country. It will take time to root out and deal with these miscreants for the traitors they are.

    Thanks as always for your hard work and persistence.

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  14. I also sent a message to the white house yesterday. Going to send another today.

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