Refugee Resettlement Watch

Hawaii judge places restraining order on Trump EO involving refugee pause

Posted by Ann Corcoran on March 16, 2017

Unless I find a definitive article about what exactly the judge in Hawaii ruled on the Trump Executive Order in the next couple of hours (I have a doc appt.), here is one news story from the AP (thanks to reader Theodore).

Also, according to several news sources discussing other pending cases, including Fox News , one argument in the Maryland case is absolutely nuts.  I worry that judges ruling on the cases have no idea about what the US Refugee Act of 1980 says or how the program has been administered for 37 years!

Judge Derrick Watson. Photo and story “One Unelected Leftist Judge in Hawaii Decided Security for the Entire Nation” http://www.independentsentinel.com/one-unelected-leftist-judge-hawaii-decided-security-entire-nation/

It makes me want to scream!

The line that I see while searching just now, that is being spread by many news sources, is this one:

“The Maryland lawsuit also argues that it’s against federal law for the Trump administration to reduce the number of refugees allowed into the United States this year by more than half, from 110,000 to 50,000. Attorneys argued that if that aspect of the ban takes effect, 60,000 people would be stranded in war-torn countries with nowhere else to go.”

We are assuming that comes from the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society suit we reported here. The true gist of their argument is that they, the federal resettlement contractors, were expecting more paying “clients” and had built their budgets around the per head payment they were expecting with the unrealistic 110,000 refugees Obama said would come in the year he no longer was president!

For the umpteenth time, that 110,000 that Obama set last fall is a CEILING that the Administration says it will not surpass, it is not a goal!

And, that 110,000 was the highest Obama had ever set in his presidency.  Trump has the absolute authority to reduce the ceiling, but more importantly he can bring in any number under whatever he set, or whatever Obama set!

Forget the EO!

President Trump has all the authority he needs to not import any more refugees this entire year (I’m not sure that his team even knows that he has no legal obligation to bring in even 50,000!).

As of this morning, we have admitted 38,106 refugees this fiscal year (2017) via Wrapsnet.  783 refugees arrived in the ten day period from the announcement of this EO and today when the “moratorium” was to go in to effect.

I repeat!  The President does not have to call it a moratorium or include it in this EO. He can simply stop processing new refugees abroad with no further explanation!

President George W. Bush had 4 years under 50,000! His lowest year was 39,554.  Even Obama had two years under 60,000 and well below the ceiling!  See here.

Now look at this chart (below) very carefully.   When I found it at Wrapsnet, the last year, 2016, was not complete.  Know that we brought in just short of the 85,000 ceiling (a rare occurrence).

The federal refugee resettlement contractors have long wanted the president’s ‘determination’ each year to be a GOAL (a target) not a CEILING! But, the law says it is a ceiling. Look at the column for CEILING and the column for the number actually admitted!

What do you see?  Rarely does the number admitted reach the CEILING.

In FY2006, they were 28,777 below the CEILING. Did anyone sue the President?

In FY2007, they were 21,718 below the CEILING. Did anyone sue the President?

In FY2008, they were 19,809 below the CEILING. Did anyone sue the President?

In FY2009, they were 5,346 below the CEILING. Did anyone sue the President?

In FY2010, they were 6,689 below the CEILING. Did anyone sue the President?

In FY2011, they were 23,576 below the CEILING. Did anyone sue President Obama?

In FY2012, they were 17,762 below the CEILING. Did anyone sue President Obama for leaving thousands “stranded in war-torn countries”?

Obama got closer to the lowered CEILING over the next few years.

You get my drift!

 

Be sure to note that Obama never set a ceiling as high as 110,000 in all his previous years as president. That 110,000 was set in the final months of his final year! The average admissions over the years shown here is around 65,000. I could not find the chart that includes the last month of FY16, but we admitted only a few refugees short of the 85,000 ceiling because the Administration was hell-bent to get in thousands of Syrians.

 

I’m begging ignorant and lazy reporters to get the facts!

And, I am sure you are scared as heck, as I am, to see judges making decisions based on sheer ignorance of the law.

See my post from last Friday about how Hawaii hypocrites! have “welcomed” only a tiny number of refugees over the years—none from Africa and only 5 (total) from two Muslim countries.

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

16 Responses to “Hawaii judge places restraining order on Trump EO involving refugee pause”

  1. Ann, have you sent any of your fantastic research to the White House? Any way to get it to the right people there? Or at DOJ? Or State? Just curious, they all could learn a lot from you.

    Regards,
    Jennifer

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    • Ann Corcoran said

      Thanks for the vote of confidence. I sure hope they read my stuff, but I really don’t know! Several of the staffers in there do know about RRW.

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  2. Theodore said

    Judge Considers Ordering President Donald Trump to Double 50,000 Refugee Inflow to the United States

    http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/03/16/judge-considers-ordering-50000-refugees/

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  3. BelleProf said

    It’s all so silly and unfounded. There are no refugees stranded in war torn countries waiting to be airlifted to the U.S. The refugees are in places of refuge and have agreed to doing the U.S. the tremendous favor of RESETTLING here. Why is it a favor to us? Don’t you know we are dying for more diversity and cannot function or consider ourselves good people without it. If the refugee resettlement contractors are unable to resettle them here, they can stay in the place of refuge that the U.N. has provided for them with our money (or at least mostly with our money).”

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  4. I’m surprised that Hawaii, with her history of being forcibly colonized and taken over, would even insinuate that accepting foreigners is a good thing. Maybe that’s what this is, just a form of tokenism to keep up with the liberals, but, with no real conviction behind it.

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  5. spiritislight@aol.com said

    BREAKING: UN is Sneaking in Diseased Syrian Refugees at Night and Trump Knows https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3qXL6IB9YKE

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  6. Carl said

    I can only hope that the Trump people read your excellent posting!

    Carl

    ACT For America — Arizona

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  7. “Attorneys argued that if that aspect of the ban takes effect, 60,000 people would be stranded in war-torn countries with nowhere else to go.” So these attorneys decided it was a good idea to make sure they are our problem now? who is paying these guys anyways, George Soros? there are wars all over the world all the time, and they will not stop, ever. Do these attorneys think we should just keep letting these people in forever?

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  8. Theodore said

    Wow. AP has changed the contents of the article (while keeping the URL exactly the same) by admitting the following paragraph…

    ref:

    http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_TRUMP_TRAVEL_BAN_LAWSUITS?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2017-03-15-20-00-53

    (notice that “CTIME=2017-03-15-20-00-53” is still in the URL. This means “3/15/2017 8:00PM EDT”)

    FROM:

    3/15/2017 8:00PM EDT

    Federal judge in Hawaii puts Trump travel ban on hold <<< (original headline by the way)

    with…

    “The Maryland lawsuit… argues that it’s against federal law for the Trump administration to reduce the number of refugees allowed into the United States this year by more than half, from 110,000 to 50,000. Attorneys argued that if that aspect of the ban takes effect, 60,000 people would be stranded in war-torn countries with nowhere else to go.”

    TO:

    Mar 16, 1:41 AM EDT

    Trump suffers second defeat as revised travel ban on hold <<< (new headline)

    without said paragraph.

    ~

    Side note: Does anyone know how to get the original "3/15/2017 8:00PM EDT" version of the article?

    I went to archive.org and pasted-in the FULL URL…

    http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_TRUMP_TRAVEL_BAN_LAWSUITS?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2017-03-15-20-00-53

    and it returned nothing.

    Then, i pasted-in just…

    http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_TRUMP_TRAVEL_BAN_LAWSUITS

    (as the "?" and everything after it in a URL is technically superfluous)

    and it said basically i do not have that page archived so let me now archive it now for you — but I will archive as the "Mar 16, 1:41 AM EDT" version as that the version i see on the web right now.

    result:

    http://web.archive.org/web/20170316130837/http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_TRUMP_TRAVEL_BAN_LAWSUITS

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  9. Remove the Bailiffs and all security and door locks from that judge’s courtroom and home. The judge is projecting an atmosphere of aggressive hostility by maintaining such militant artificies. Tha judge’s Security presents a Facade of Racist Bigotry which is intimidating to all “people of color”. If the Citizens are not permitted Property RIGHTS of choosing who will enter their Nation, the judge is certainly not permitted any choice of who will enter his courtroom OR HOME.

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