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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.

10 Responses to “NPR: Resettlement contractors claim they have been told that new arrivals will end March 3”

  1. paleodrone said

    can anyone explain this to me? In the seventies, growing up, I was told that the earth was overpopulated and that we needed to curb growth at all costs. The US was concerned about this to a great degree. Myself and my friends had either one or no children to comply with being good people on a crowded planet. When did the narrative change, and suddenly the more the merrier?

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    • Ann Corcoran said

      I can relate! yes, educated white people fell for the 0,1 or maybe 2 child prescription, but other (impoverished) ethnic groups of the world never bought it. Only we dumb educated suckers. I tell young adults—Have lots and lots of babies or we are finished!

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  2. brandystravelservices@frontier.com said

    Wall..Deport..Ban.  At the very least until we have our Vets and Homeless and Seniors cared for. There are American Children going to sleep, HUNGRY. These Muslims come ..bring their 4 wives and 20 children, and we support them..house them..food stamps..while they drive expensive cars…and bitch that the houses are nice enough…or the schools are good enough…they are coming to destroy America. Instead of ” Watch”..do something to STOP them..  These people HATE us.

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    • Ann Corcoran said

      RRW is a news source so that you (all of you) can do things to try to stop this. I sure hope you are pounding your members of Congress and US Senators! Writing letters to the editor? Writing blogs and facebook pages of your own? Getting involved with local citizens’ groups investigating the refugee program in your towns, etc. etc….

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  3. Kobach says Trump thinking of suspending refugee program for 90 days..
    http://kmuw.org/post/kobach-counseling-trump-travel-ban-still-discussing-administration-post-0

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  4. Reblogged this on islamnewworldorder and commented:
    You “refugee” contractors sucking on the State Department cash cow can go straight to Hell!
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    Copied and pasted from the post: “…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.”

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  5. Hi! You don’t have to “approve” this comment…it is more of a message for you. Have you considered creating a https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/ petition with specifics regarding the refugee program or these contractors (or both)? As far as I can tell the petition won’t show up on the government website until after it has reached 150 signatures. If it reaches 100,000 signatures in 30 days you will get “Get an official update from the White House within 60 days.” Of course this means you would have to actively keep posting the petition on social media, this blog, etc. to get signatures. I would help out by posting in the comments sections of other articles/etc. if i see that you have created a petition. There are pro-immigration/refugee petitions already on the website. Just a thought!

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    • Ann Corcoran said

      It is a good idea, but I am so swamped with trying to post and just respond to requests of all sorts. You know it is just me here—no organization, no staff, no interns! But, I do recommend that someone could make this a project for themselves.

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