Refugee Resettlement Watch

On refugee numbers permitted entry, Trump is on firm ground, he can stop resettlement now for this fiscal year

Posted by Ann Corcoran on February 6, 2017

…..And, in September he can set the number for FY2018 at zero!

Just a reminder, the Refugee Act of 1980 gave the President great latitude in setting over all refugee numbers for a 12 month period.

In September, for Fiscal year 2017, Obama set the cap (ceiling) for this year at 110,000 (way higher than normal).

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Senators Ted Kennedy and Joe Biden were behind the bill that became the Refugee Act of 1980 signed in to law by Jimmy Carter. In over 3 decades Congress has never gone back to review it. It is time! And, nothing will get the chickens in Congress moving unless the number of refugee arrivals drop to zero.

In the 1980 law the ceiling was set at 50,000 (unless there was an emergency) and Congress must be consulted (which amounts to not very much) if the President wished to change (increase) the number during the year.

We showed you here in recent years that the ceiling proposed was often not met. (Not meeting the ceiling doesn’t require any consultation with Congress.)

In fact, George Bush had 4 years under 50,000. Two of those years followed the dramatic slowdown after 9/11 when the government feared Islamic terrorists could get in to the program.

In 2002 the number admitted was 45,896 and in 2003 it was 39,554 (from all the usual countries we took refugees from). Obama had a pretty relatively low year too in 2012 (58,238).

As I understand it, Trump’s new cap of 50,000 is not included in the Washington State court decision.

I’m arguing that 50,000 isn’t low enough and he could cap the level right now.

It would stop refugee admissions from all areas of the world, not just the seven terror hotspots identified in the so-called travel ban.

As of this morning Wrapsnet reports that (in a little over 4 months) we are at 32,968 admitted this fiscal year (not far off the level Bush admitted in 2003). The contractors are well-aware of the fact that they still have nearly 20,000 paying clients on the way, see here.

And here are the numbers of some of the groups of concern admitted in those 4 months:

Iraqis: 4,841

Somalis: 4,035

Syrians: 4,884

Congress must reform the Refugee Act of 1980 and a slowdown for a few months is not enough incentive for them to get to work!

(It is not just about security either, it is about the economic costs as well, see here.)

If you haven’t already, tell Donald Trump what you think by clicking here.  And, if you’ve done it once, do it again!  Then go here and see what else you can do with that comment!

8 Responses to “On refugee numbers permitted entry, Trump is on firm ground, he can stop resettlement now for this fiscal year”

  1. Dorothy leRoy said

    Thank you Ann for keeping the public up on the status of the refugees. It is much appreciated. A faithful reader. Bless you. Dorothy LeRoy

    Sent from my iPhone

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  2. thetinfoilhatsociety said

    Here’s my letter. Not terrific, but if enough of us do it maybe it will make a difference.
    Dear President Trump,

    Please stop the flow of refugees to our country. We do not have good jobs for our own citizens; our health care is in shambles; our veterans are homeless and committing suicide at an alarming rate. We need to care for our own first before worrying about accepting other countries’ “refugees” (that often are nothing more than economic migrants) who will never be able to get off government assistance of one sort or another. They often represent a clear security threat, they usually do not integrate into our society, and they do not belong here. Please stop them now, stop them for the foreseeable future.

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  3. icthelite said

    The cap of 50K has probably already been reached the way things are running wild now!
    I’m beginning to think Trump doesn’t want to lower it. It would be an end run to overcome his travel ban being stopped.

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    • Ann Corcoran said

      Remember I am only talking about the refugee admissions program when I talk about that 50,000. Yes, you can bet many more are flooding in now with any kind of visa they can get.

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  4. BelleProf said

    Ann, the optimal number has to be 0 for the so-called refugee resettlement program. Congress should start a new program for REFUGEES and run it out of the White House. As the Federalist Papers make clear, people have a right to know whom to blame – even Obama would have run a better program if he and he alone had to take the blame.

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  5. Why are American Taxpayers funding 24/7 Secret Service bodyguards and High Tech fencing to people who tell us fences do no good, and WE should allow anyone at all into OUR home? Save American Taxpayers Hundred$ of Million$. Halt all Taxpayer funding of security to those who preach National Border Security is useless and UNAmerican. Make them WALK their TALK, tear down THEIR fences, take the guards and locks from THEIR doors.
    Obama, Clinton, Pelosi, etc …… enjoy the FREEDOM

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  6. futuret said

    THE QUESTION IS, WHAT IS HE GOING TO DO WITH THE ONES THAT ARE HERE, AND IT IS GOING TO COST US A GOOD CHUNK OF MONEY TO ROUND THESE PEOPLE UP??? ALSO, THESE REFUGEES ARE BIRTHING CHILDREN HERE, WHO ARE CONSIDERED CITIZENS, WHAT IS HE GOING TO DO IN THIS CASE??? I HAVE SIGNED PETITIONS BEFORE. THANKS FOR SENDING THIS ONE.

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