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NPR: Resettlement contractors claim they have been told that new arrivals will end March 3

Posted by Ann Corcoran on February 14, 2017

“You don’t need to have a moratorium to slow the refugee resettlement program to the point where it dries up and withers on the vine.”

(Bill Frelick)

We get some juicy news here from a National Public Radio story from yesterday ….

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The federal contractors shared the guidance they received from the State Department with NPR reporter Amos. Is anyone going to share it with Breitbart or World Net Daily? Don’t hold your breath!

First reporter Deborah Amos tells us that the State Department has said there will be no more refugees arriving in the US after March 3.  Is that because they expect to hit the 50,000 ceiling by then? Not likely unless they plan to haul them in at 1000 a day! (We were just short of 35,000 as of this morning.) So it is unclear if this is a hard and fast date.

The resettlement contractors “shared” the official guidance they received with reporter Amos:

More than 2,000 refugees, already vetted and approved for travel, have arrived since the ruling was handed down on Feb. 9. But over the weekend, according to refugee advocates who shared the official guidance with NPR, the State Department alerted resettlement agencies that new arrivals will end on March 3.

[Readers this is an example of what Trump is up against. Here you have federal contractors taking “official” documents to a friendly reporter at NPR!—ed]

Could this notice of a March 3 halt on the program mean there will effectively be a moratorium of 7 months (the new fiscal year doesn’t begin until October 1)? We can only dream!  I’ve argued that in order to spur Congress to action to reform the program, the refugee spigot would need to be closed for longer than the original 120-day proposal.

Here is more of what Amos is reporting:

The federal appeals court that blocked the president’s travel ban on people from seven majority-Muslim nations did not directly rule out two provisions in the executive order. Refugee resettlement agencies are scrambling to figure out what they will do if those provisions survive.

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Bill Frelick of Human Rights Watch

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals judges did not address perhaps the most sweeping provision in the Trump order — the deep cuts in the numbers of refugees allowed to come to the U.S. President Trump slashed the refugee quota for fiscal year 2017 by more than half, to 50,000. [This is so maddening! Just because Obama wished for 110,000 for this fiscal year doesn’t mean Trump cut our usual numbers in half.  50,000 is probably just slightly less than the average annual flow since 9/11—ed]

In addition, the court did not rule on a provision that would make it easier for states and cities to veto refugee placements.

“You don’t need to have a moratorium to slow the refugee resettlement program to the point where it dries up and withers on the vine,” says Bill Frelick, director of Human Rights Watch’s refugee program.

Let the wailing begin!

I’m too weary to write more, but if you have been working on the refugee program where you live and pushing for more transparency and involvement by state and local elected officials, you must read on.

The contractors are scared to death that state and local elected officials will play a greater role in the future, thus possibly messing up their cozy relationship with the feds. You will be especially annoyed about how they say they do extensive coordination with local officials. Yes, friendly ones!

For decades, the refugee resettlement program has been a partnership between the State Department and nine private, voluntary agencies; all but two are faith-based groups. Together, they form a nationwide bureaucracy for resettlement.

I’m going to have to remember that!—a “nationwide bureaucracy for resettlement.”

Actually three of the nine contractors are secular organizations while six are faux religious charities. True religious charities would be sacrificing their own private money to help the stranger, not reaching in to taxpayers’ wallets.

Posted in Changing the way we live, Colonization, Refugee Resettlement Program, Taxpayer goodies, The Opposition, Trump Watch! | Tagged: , , | 10 Comments »

Breitbart: Federally-funded refugee resettlement contractor, HIAS, organized NY rally against Trump

Posted by Ann Corcoran on February 14, 2017

And, a featured speaker was Congressman Keith Ellison, Congress’ first Muslim representative.

For longtime readers of RRW, this news is not new—that federally funded resettlement contractors organize political rallies and lobby for causes which coincidentally help their bottomlines!

We reported often during the Gang of Eight amnesty fight that HIAS (Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society) was regularly on the Hill pushing for legalization of illegal aliens.  In the bill HIAS and the other refugee contractors would gain more “clients”—and more funding!—to help the newly amnestied get their government services if it had become law.

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Ellison at HIAS rally: Trump Admin. is like the Third Reich. I’m in the minority I believe, but I am actually rooting for Ellison to be picked DNC chair because the Democrat Party will then continue to lose middle America.

There is a lot Donald Trump could do to rein in those working against him (without all the fanfare!) and one thing is to be sure that any contractors doing political organizing can prove there is a firewall between their federal funding and overt political organizing against the hand that feeds them (you)!

See our accounting of the HIAS budget here.  If Trump is successful, maybe some of their highly paid staffers will have to take a pay cut!

Here is Aaron Klein at Breitbart.  I am delighted to see that bigger media outlets are researching how much of your money is going to organizations working against your interests! (We are waiting! Where are you Washington Post? New York Times?)

TEL AVIV – A Jewish group that organized a “Jewish Rally for Refugees” in New York on Sunday was massively funded by the federal government under the Obama administration to resettle refugees.

In attendance at the rally was Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN), who used the platform to compare the Trump administration to the Third Reich.

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The New York rally was organized by the nonprofit HIAS, which describes itself as standing “for a world in which refugees find welcome, safety, and freedom.”

Unmentioned in much of the news media coverage about the rally is that HIAS has taken in large sums of federal grants to help resettle refugees.

[….]

The Jerusalem Post described the organization as a “global Jewish nonprofit organization that works to protect refugees.”

Local Fox 5 simply labeled HIAS as “the global Jewish nonprofit.”

HIAS is more than that, as this reporter previously documented.

HIAS specializes in refugee resettlement and in 2015 received 65.3 percent of its annual $25 million budget from government grants.

Annual grants include funds from the State Department and the Office of Refugee Resettlement in the Department of Health and Human Services. Another major donor is the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

In 2015, the State Department provided $17,663,704 and the Department of Health and Human Services gave another $2,765,195.

So why did they drop the word “Hebrew?” 

(No matter what their official line is, I’ll bet a buck that many Muslim refugees refused to be resettled by a “Hebrew” organization!)

Klein continues…

HIAS was an acronym that previously stood for the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society and it originally worked to resettle Jewish emigrants from Russia. It dropped the full title and only goes by the acronym now. Mark Hetfield, HIAS president and CEO,told the Washington Jewish Week in December 2014 the word “Hebrew” was exclusionary and outdated, comparing it with the use of the word “colored” to refer to African Americans.

Click here for more on HIAS and to follow Klein’s links.

Don’t miss this—Tucker Carlson takes on Hetfield.

Posted in Changing the way we live, Colonization, Muslim refugees, Reforms needed, Refugee Resettlement Program, The Opposition, Trump | Tagged: , | 7 Comments »

Where did the FY2017 refugees go so far; 34,825 as of this morning

Posted by Ann Corcoran on February 14, 2017

For new readers (and there are many of you!), refugees are admitted on a fiscal year basis. In September of each year, the President sends a determination letter (and report) to Congress and tells Congress how many refugees are proposed for the upcoming fiscal year that begins on October 1 and from which regions of the world they will be taken. Congress’ role is to “consult” only.

Here is Obama’s last determination.

President Trump has already lowered Obama’s ceiling from 110,000 to 50,000. We argue that Trump could go lower still and avoid the Constitutional challenges being raised right now, see here, by lowering the ceiling across the board, across all ethnic groups.

Here at Wrapsnet this morning we see where the 34,825 have been placed in the last 4 and 1/2 months (the US State Department added 395 since yesterday):

 

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Alaska got 32 and Hawaii 3. Texas did not save itself by withdrawing from the program, the Governor must sue as Tennessee is doing!

 

Here are the top ten receiving states (turning red states blue!):

 

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This post is filed in our Trump Watch! category as well as ‘refugee statistics’ and ‘where to find information.’

Posted in Changing the way we live, Colonization, Obama, Refugee Resettlement Program, Refugee statistics, Trump Watch!, Where to find information, Who is going where | Tagged: , | 2 Comments »

Syrian refugee files federal lawsuit against Trump EO, wants wife and child in America with him

Posted by Ann Corcoran on February 14, 2017

Reminder! Trump can legally lower the ceiling for the UN/US Refugee Admissions Program across the board!

Think about this, if this sort of case (challenging the Constitutionality of the Trump EO) prevails, could every legal non-citizen in America file cases with big New York City law firms to bring over every family member?

And, frankly, what I find most troubling about stories like this sob story in the Minneapolis Star Tribune, is how is it that this MAN left his wife and child behind in a war zone and saved his own skin first! Why does no one in authority ever ask that question!

Big New York City law firm filed the case!

 

 

 

MADISON, Wis. — A Syrian refugee living in Dane County has filed a federal lawsuit alleging President Donald Trump’s executive order halting immigration from seven countries is unconstitutional.

The man filed anonymously Monday to protect his wife and 3-year-old daughter, who are still in Aleppo, from being targeted by military regimes.

He had applied for them to join him in the United States, but his lawsuit filed Monday in Madison says processing was halted Jan. 27 when Trump stopped temporarily stopped immigration from seven predominantly Muslim and indefinitely banned refugees from Syria.

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Attorneys from Holwell Shuster and Goldberg, a New York law firm, are representing the man. More than two dozen cases challenging the executive order have been filed in federal court.

More here.

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Sec. of State Tillerson knows by now what could be done internally!

President Trump can still legally lower the ceiling on all refugee resettlement!

And, in so doing, wipe out these cases!

See our discussion here yesterday.

An important side benefit of placing a complete moratorium on the program now might be to inspire Congress to reform refugee law!

This morning we are at 34,825 refugees admitted this fiscal year—set the cap at 35,000 NOW!

Moratorium would be in effect until September when the President then sets the ceiling for FY18. This is the leverage the White House has to pressure Congress!

Posted in Reforms needed, Refugee Resettlement Program, Trump Watch!, Where to find information | Tagged: , | 7 Comments »

 
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