Refugee Resettlement Watch

Flow chart for refugee admissions shows where Trump team could downsize program with funding cuts

Posted by Ann Corcoran on March 17, 2017

Editor: This is a post (updated for today) that I wrote nearly two years ago, but yesterday when a reader needed some information, I was reminded of it.  I think it is very useful for our thousands of new readers.

I found this flow chart (below) this morning (April 11, 2015) while researching my earlier Texas post and thought it might be useful for all of you asking what the steps are for refugees to enter the US.

President Trump and Sec. of State Tillerson have several ways to ‘skin the cat’ on refugees through funding cuts!

Pay attention to the fact that the ORR chart lists war as a reason one could be a refugee, but in fact war itself is not a trigger for the internationally understood definition of “refugee” which says one must be PERSECUTED (and prove it!).   Here (below) is the definition of refugee (the word “war” is not mentioned).

Obama bastardizing the refugee definition!

It should be noted that ‘economic migrants,’ or people fearing crime in their home country, are also NOT refugees, but Obama is further bastardizing the definition to include the “children” from Central America!  ***Update*** we have admitted over a thousand phony ‘refugees’ from Central American countries in only the first 5 months of FY2017.

From Geneva Academy:

The Definition of a Refugee

International legal protection of refugees centres on a person meeting the criteria for refugee status as laid down in the 1951 Refugee Convention. Under Article 1(A)2, the term “refugee” shall apply to any person who:

“…owing to well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion, is outside the country of his nationality and is unable or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to avail himself of the protection of that country; or who, not having a nationality and being outside the country of his former habitual residence as a result of such events, is unable or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to return to it.”

Thus, according to this provision, refugees are defined by three basic characteristics:

* they are outside their country of origin or outside the country of their former habitual residence;

* they are unable or unwilling to avail themselves of the protection of that country owing to a well-founded fear of being persecuted; and

* the persecution feared is based on at least one of five grounds: race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group, or political opinion.

It is important to stress that the term “asylum seekers” refers to persons, who have applied for asylum, but whose refugee status has not yet been determined.

See that the UN High Commissioner for Refugees controls the intake! By cutting funding for the UNHCR, President Trump can moderate that intake.

Besides the UNHCR, the federal contractors (VOLAGs), which monopolize the program, also control one of the steps. By cutting their many ridiculous grants—like hundreds of thousands of dollars for refugees to plant gardens—the Trump Admin. can also shrink the program. The VOLAGs simply can’t raise enough private money to function well—to function at all! Why is that? Because the public isn’t interested enough to open their private wallets!

They could also limit the number of USCIS officers sent out around the world to do the in-processing.

The bottomline is that I don’t know why on earth Trump had to flag the Refugee Admissions Program in the travel pause Executive Order. So much more could have been done behind-the-scenes. (See also my discussion yesterday on the ‘ceiling’ here)

From the Office of Refugee Resettlement:

(Be sure to see that mention in last step about timing, “varies by circumstance”!  No mention of 18-24 months!)

4 Responses to “Flow chart for refugee admissions shows where Trump team could downsize program with funding cuts”

  1. Margaret Bailey said

    Hello, I’m wondering if you could do a post on the fact that Islam is more than a religion.  It makes me mad to see the judges that shot down Trump’s travel ban, doing that on the basis of Islam as a religion.  I think all adherents to Islam are adherents to a government, not just a religion.  They all agree that if they leave their “religion”, the penalty is death.  Islam controls them, and all Muslims have a mandate to spread Sharia and the Caliphate.   Isn’t Islam a government, and couldn’t Trump ban Islam as a foreign, invasive government? I would love to hear your thoughts on this. Sincerely,Margaret Bailey

    Liked by 1 person

    • Ann Corcoran said

      Hi Margaret, You might want to get my little book, ‘Refugee Resettlement and the Hijra to America’ You can get it at Amazon. Yes, Islam is a government and not just a ‘religion.’ I don’t write a about that much because there are so many other excellent blogs and websites that address Islam more directly. I try to stay focused on the philosophy and mechanics of the US Refugee Admissions Program. Follow Robert Spencer, Frank Gaffney, Pamela Geller, Steve Emerson, and John Guandolo for more on Islam itself. (Sorry if I missed others!)

      And, LOL!, I have written over 8,000 posts so I may have several which addressed the issue!

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  2. futuret said

    LABELS REALLY DO NOT MATTER ANYMORE, THEY ARE ALL ON THE SAME MISSION, AND WE DO HAVE A GOVERNMENT THAT STICKS A KNIFE IN OUR BACKS:
    http://irregulartimes.com/2017/03/17/donald-trump-allows-aliens-to-cross-into-the-usa-through-the-great-lakes/

    Like

  3. acaineworleans@yahoo.com said

    😂 According to these definitions, all conservatives could be considered refugees because of their political views!!! LOL Thanks for your hard work, Ann!

    Liked by 1 person

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