Refugee Resettlement Watch

Huffington Post: State Department says it will up refugee arrivals to 900 a WEEK!

Posted by Ann Corcoran on March 30, 2017

We have increased the current pace of refugee arrivals to approximately 900 individuals per week.

(State Department spokesperson)

 

Oh geez! What the heck is the Trump Administration doing?

As we have said repeatedly, Trump’s refugee admissions are not at the mercy of two rogue judges. He can bring in any number under the CEILING set either by Obama (110,000) or his reduced ceiling (50,000).

As far as we know, Sec. of State Rex Tillerson has not chosen a political appointment to head up the Population, Refugees and Migration department that runs the USRAP, thus the program is run by long-time federal employees with close ties to the contractors and to media like the HuffPo!

After resettlement contractors reduced their staffs (their federal funding depends on a per head payment for each refugee they resettle), now, if the Huffington Post is right, their numbers will go up from a previously predicted 400 per week to 900 per week and are complaining about being understaffed!

If you calculate 900 a week for the remaining (approx. 26 weeks in this fiscal year) and add that number to the number of refugees as of today (38,789) the result is approximately 62,189.

To put that number in perspective, the Bush Administration was BELOW that number in 2002, 2003, 2006, 2007 and 2008.

Even Obama was below that number in 2011 and 2012! (see here).

(We told you here that as of yesterday they have not ticked-up to 900 a week, yet!)

Here is what HuffPo is reporting:

The number of refugees being resettled in the U.S. has shot up ever since a federal court struck down portions of President Donald Trump’s second executive order on immigration earlier this month.

While this has allowed many to breathe a sigh of relief, it’s placing serious strain on the organizations responsible for bringing refugees to America and helping them resettle.

“In accordance with the Court Order, and consistent with both our operational capacity and our capacity under available funding, we have increased the current pace of refugee arrivals to approximately 900 individuals per week,” a State Department spokesperson told The Huffington Post in a statement on Tuesday. “New refugee pre-screening interviews will continue to be scheduled and conducted at Resettlement Support Centers around the world.”

Trump has signed two executive orders attempting to prevent refugees from finding safe haven in the United States since entering office. Both were legally challenged amid mass protests.

His first order, signed on Jan. 27, halted the refugee resettlement program for 120 days, among other things, and slashed the number of people who could be resettled in the U.S. from 110,000 in the 2017 fiscal year to 50,000.

As a result, the number of refugees entering the country weekly had been limited to 400 people, in an effort to avoid reaching the 50,000 quota too soon (the 2017 fiscal year ends on Sept. 30). Fewer refugees means less money allocated to the agencies that resettle refugees, since they receive federal funding contingent on the number of people they take care of.

Parts of this order were struck down in federal court in February, but the quota remained unchanged. So the 400 per week figure was in effect until Trump’s revised ban was struck down in a Hawaii federal court on March 15, only hours before it was supposed to be implemented.

Continue reading here.

This is further evidence to explain why the Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service is “cautiously hopeful.”

Next, I need to find out what role Congress is playing—have the RINOs increased funding for the USRAP (US Refugee Admissions Program)?

14 Responses to “Huffington Post: State Department says it will up refugee arrivals to 900 a WEEK!”

  1. mtgirlut said

    Please remember Trump was trying to lower the number and get these people properly vetted. Now why do we have to bring them here and over tax our failing systems???
    So the Lutheran church makes BIG bucks! Really??? And what about all of them wanting Sharia Law?? Are we being hoodwinked?
    Please listen to this research from this lady! I say it needs to stop!
    This is just the Brotherhood using our word and laws to take us over!!! Stop Sharia law Now!!!
    Listen to this research
    http://www.centerforsecuritypolicy.org/2015/04/20/refugee-resettlement-and-the-hijra-to-america1/

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  2. Did we relax too much because we thought that Trump would just fix it? What happened to the drive to stop funding and reform refugee resettlement? Wasn’t Jeff Sessions part of this? Who would be the main contacts in Congress?

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    • Ann Corcoran said

      I’ve written a lot about Congress over the months and who is responsible. I’ll try to repost some of that for new readers when I get a few extra minutes.

      The answer is yes, and most frustrating for me is that very few people pounce on members of Congress and Senators over this issue.

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      • Not sure if responsibilities have changed with the new administration. I agree with your frustration. I found difficulty in persuading people to call Congress. Seems to me that the commitment sometimes stops when your name is exposed. (Being anonymous is much easier!)

        I have also read some articles with representatives promoting a related idea. Wonder if we could push them a bit into this direction if we could show them the relationship.

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      • mtgirlut said

        Please let me know how to help!
        And can we call the Lutheran Church?

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        • Ann Corcoran said

          Sure, especially if you are Lutheran. They will probably say they don’t have anything to do with LIRS, but most Lutheran groups now do…

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  3. hitrestart1 said

    Why isn’t the “state department spokesperon” named??? This entire article is based on an unknown “source,” and as such should be taken with a grain of salt.

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  4. This is one of the most depressing things I’ve read in recent weeks. I don’t know how your head doesn’t explode when you write about the way the Trump administration is screwing up this whole immigration fiasco. What the hell is wrong with them? What the hell is wrong with the Republican party? And why is it that the Left/ Commie/Dems always manage to get their way?

    All of us who voted for Trump expected that he would do something about immigration, that he would STOP the flow of potential terrorists and welfare bloodsuckers into our country. Instead it looks like we are not just getting more of the same old same old, but that it’s going to get worse.

    President Trump needs to do another rally, fast, to explain why he is giving in to the very same people he said he was going to drain from the Swamp. As you point out over and over again, there are any number of things he can do on a unilateral basis without Congress. The big question is why isn’t he doing them?

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    • Ann Corcoran said

      I am very discouraged by how the Trump Administration is handling all of this—it is either that they lied to us or they are incompetent. Either way it doesn’t look good.

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  5. It is time to tell trump we will yank support, enough of this crap. He won because of people screaming about hundreds of thousands of dirtbags arriving and he hasn’t done anything to stop it.

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  6. Why is this taking place, I thought Trump was going to slow down this invasion Damn I am pissed

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  7. domstudent11 said

    Send Trump a message on his contact form at: https://www.whitehouse.gov/contact#page
    Send a message to the State Department at: https://register.state.gov/contactus/

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