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NY: As refugee contractors begin to run out of federal money, they turn to state legislatures looking for millions

Posted by Ann Corcoran on February 17, 2017

We told you earlier this morning that refugee contracting agencies (see list below) are closing some of their satellite offices.

The UN/US Refugee Admissions Program is numbers-driven since refugees arrive in the US with federal funding attached to each one—administration of that money (your money) is left to the ‘non-profit’ resettlement agencies. As the Trump Administration cuts the numbers, there is commensurate reduction in funding for non-profit groups!

Here we learn in New York that the federal contractors who operate in the state are looking to state taxpayers to make up their loss of federal funding.

Why aren’t they out raising private money from all of the ‘humanitarians’ they claim want this program?

If you live in New York state you better let your state legislators know what you think!

From the Poughkeepsie Journal (hat tip:Jim):

ALBANY – Democratic lawmakers on Wednesday called for a $12 million boost in state funding for upstate’s refugee resettlement agencies.


Assemblyman Harry Bronson: Wants $12 million for refugees in New York state. And, we are told this program doesn’t cost anything to state and local taxpayers!

The request for additional funding came in response to President Trump’s 120-day ban on refugee travel to the U.S., though the order has been placed on hold by a federal court.

The vast majority of refugees who resettled in New York last year migrated upstate, with about 94 percent settling outside of New York City, according to U.S. State Department data. [They didn’t “migrate” upstate they were placed there by federal refugee contractors mostly operating in secrecy!—ed]

The Mid-Hudson Refugee Solidarity Alliance has been working with the nonprofit group Church World Services to open a resettlement office in the City of Poughkeepsie since April. Church World Service has plans to place 80 refugees from Syria, Iraq and the Congo in Poughkeepsie.


The funding push was backed Wednesday by a handful of Assembly Democrats. It comes as Gov. Andrew Cuomo and state lawmakers are negotiating a state budget that will top $150 billion.

“This funding will allow us to provide services and programs that will help refugee families successfully become contributing members of communities across New York state,” Assemblyman Harry Bronson, D-Rochester, said in a statement.


Assemblyman Sean Ryan, D-Buffalo, and other lawmakers call for state help to fund refugee resettlement centers Wednesday at the Capitol’s Million Dollar Staircase in Albany.

Under the proposed plan, $2 million would go toward allowing refugee resettlement agencies to continue working at capacity and make up for any revenue that was lost during the 120-day ban, if re-enacted.

The Assembly members also requested $5 million to be included in the state budget to fund legal services to refugees.

The remaining $5 million would go toward allowing resettlement agencies to provide an additional 90 days of services to refugees, up from the current 90.

Certainly one thing that the present situation has highlighted is the FACT that refugee contractors are paid by the head!

“If resettlement agencies are no longer able to accept refugees for a 120-day period, they are no longer receiving funding,” Assemblyman Sean Ryan, D-Buffalo, said in a statement. “This will lead to staff cuts, and resettlement agencies will no longer be able to provide services to refugees who have already come to New York.”

Read on here.

See our huge archive on New York, consistently one of the top states in America to ‘welcome’ refugees.

And, see our recent posts on Poughkeepsie, here.

Be sure to keep an eye out in your state for the legislature or state assembly to try to slip funding in for non-profit groups that should have been raising private money (for their ‘religious charitable’ work) for decades!

Here are the nine major federal contracting agencies now desperate for more of your money:

11 Responses to “NY: As refugee contractors begin to run out of federal money, they turn to state legislatures looking for millions”

  1. These guys are always lousy with other peoples’ money.


  2. Tom Cotton introduces RAISE Act…LIMIT 50K per year…


    • Ann Corcoran said

      I admit I haven’t looked at it, but I understand it doesn’t do much on refugees but put the ceiling at 50,000. The whole program must be scrapped and rewritten (if we want to do refugee resettlement in the US).

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  3. brant119 said

    I am sure you and your folks are thrilled that basically the refugee program will cease to exist as I am assuming President Trump will close it out as of March. The sad part is that refugees are pawns between business interests such as the chicken plants, politicians and NGOS. We all know that 99% of refugees will cause no problems but they are the ones to suffer especially Syrian families. The folks that will lose their jobs at the agencies will not be the high earners but many of the case workers and translators who are mainly working to help people at low salaries. There certainly will also be a negative impact on communities as well. Without refugees and also immigrants, who will; work in the plants, hotels, restaraunts, landscaping and agriculture. Many employers will tell that they cannot get Americans to do menial work, probably even if wages are raised.

    Your hope is to turn the program in to a private one and that will certainly assure a reduced # as I doubt that agencies can raise equal funding. I am curious if essentially you and your readers now want zero refugees and if you get a privitised program,,would those refugees under such a program receive food stamps and Medicaid?

    I still wonder if the “sob” stories and videos regarding refugee suffering affect any of you and if any of your readers have even taken the time to meet a refugee family. There will be no better vetting uncovered that what is being done now and Trump will use it to can the whole program.

    I am sorry but this new America is not an America I know. or want. The scapegoating of Muslims brings memories of earlier times when other groups were targeted. You can believe all kinds of Jihadist and infiltration ideas, but I truly believe that most Muslims just want a good life here. (Somalis maybe an exception but I hate to stereotype). Regardless of the truth about the Rohingas as an example, do you not believe there is a genocide or ethnic cleansing in Burma? I believe the US and other countries particularly Muslim ones should step up.

    I find it interesting that so many Evangelicals oppose the ban. Essentially what is being done is anti Christian and based on just a political attempt to keep America white and non Muslim

    About the only thing I can agree with you on is that here does need to be some reform and I oppose the Australia/Nauru deal-it is not our problem. I have worked as a volunteer with refugees for 21 years and will continue to do so. I wish your readers would make a personal attempt for themselves and their children to see another side-that is from the refugee perspective.

    Well, you will have you victory and I have to accept that there is a large group or Americans lacking empathy despite our history as an immigrant nation. Very sad!


  4. Keep in mind that all the money budgeted toward legal defense of refugees goes straight into lawyers pockets, whether or not they succeed or lose. It’s a win-win for lawyers. And lawyers usually make up the majority of legislatures.

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  5. (1) Charity and “good works” are done with YOUR money and time. Taking MY money and giving it to someone else is THEFT. We bring puppies into OUR house, poisonous vipers and skunks, NO. Do not make the REFUJIHADIS walk all the way here ,,,, You go to the REFUJIHADIS’ homeland on Your dime after all, they will feel more comfortable at home.
    (2) Remember, Democrats are the people who didn’t care when 70,000 factories closed across America, but then rioted in the streets when we denied entry to foreigners from a few terrorist-laden countries.
    (3) You are all concerned about them but you do not give a FIG about how your own neighbors feel. Who made you god, to just invite anybody & everybody into Our house, without asking the OTHER RESIDENTS if it is okay? Go see a psychiatrist.

    They put Kim Davis in jail for being a public official and disobeying the law. Put every mayor of every sanctuary city in jail.

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  6. Now they have state legislators carrying their water.


  7. revuedepressecitoyensetfrancais said

    Reblogged this on CITOYENS ET FRANCAIS and commented:
    “If resettlement agencies are no longer able to accept refugees for a 120-day period, they are no longer receiving funding,” Assemblyman Sean Ryan, D-Buffalo, said in a statement.


  8. On the heels of that report, I lodged my strong objection to such funding with my State Senator Robach. The lady who answered said she’d rec’d a large number of calls voicing objections as well. I explained I had worked for the “refugee resettlement industry” and fully understand that what drives these programs is MONEY, not compassion; that seeking a hefty Albany bailout at a time when NY was already running a deficit was a self-serving, cynical assault on NYS taxpayers by the resettlement programs. Told her the programs will, for the most part, survive the reduced federal funding levels and that “like all business they must adjust to market realities”. She seemed to be totally in agreement and gave me the impression that Sen. Robach wasn’t supportive of this unaffordable giveaway. IF you’re a resident of NYS, call your Assemblyman and/or Senator to voice your objection And if this happens in your state, do the same. It took all of 2 minutes to look up the number, make the call, speak to a rep. It does make a difference.

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  9. I love watching this scam fall apart…I will continue to watch for signs in Wisconsin, but this is so satisfying 👍


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