Refugee Resettlement Watch

Six Republican Senators question Trump refugee admissions, appear to want MORE refugees admitted to the US

Posted by Ann Corcoran on May 13, 2017

By sending a bipartisan letter like this (below) with the likes of Elizabeth Warren and Dick Durban (leader of the Senate Jihad Caucus!) as co-signers, Oklahoma Senator James Lankford signals that he wants more refugees for his state and at the same time shows complete ignorance about the UN/US Refugee Admissions Program—how it works and what its goals are—not to mention the fact that this letter with its hostile tone is a clear signal that these six do not support President Trump’s stated refugee reduction goals.

Senator James Lankford, leader of the pack of six Republicans questioning Trump and Tillerson about refugee flow to US. Sure sounds like they want MORE refugees! What! No ‘pockets of resistance’ in OK?

If any of these six Republicans is your Senator, you need to educate him or her quickly if there is still any hope of Trump’s campaign promises being fulfilled or the USRAP being reformed at all.

With friends like these….

Senator James Lankford (R-OK)

Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL)

Senator Mike Lee (R-UT)

Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ)

Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC)

Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)

Here is what ‘Foreign Affairs’ says about the letter in an article entitled: “Senator Lankford Encourages Trump Administration to Support Assistance for Refugees and Victims of Genocide”

WASHINGTON, DC -Senator James Lankford (R-OK) sent a bipartisan letter to President Trump to inquire about the US Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP), which has successfully resettled more than three million refugees from various parts of the world to American communities in all 50 states.

Specifically, the letter encouraged the administration to uphold USRAP as it enables the United States to fulfill key international commitments and assist those fleeing genocide and oppression.

[….]

Lankford was joined by Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Cory Booker (D-NJ), Jeff Flake (R-AZ), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Mike Lee (R-UT), Thomas Carper (D-DE), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Richard Durbin (D-IL), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Thom Tills (R-NC), Edward Markey (D-MA), Jeffrey Merkley (D-OR), Christopher Murphy (D-CT), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and Ron Wyden (D-OR). 

More here.

Apparently those Republicans signing the letter do not know we are NOT saving the Syrian Christians from genocide. And, it is pretty shameful that Senator Lankford, a former Baptist leader in OK, doesn’t know that fact—we are NOT saving the Christians of Syria through this program!

According to Wrapsnet, in FY17 we have admitted 6,132 Syrians (that is since October 1, 2016 through today). Of that number 6,001 are Muslims (the vast majority Sunnis).  That makes the Syrian flow to America right now 98% Muslim.  So much for saving those facing genocide. Oh, there were a whopping 22 Yezidis in the arrival numbers.

By the way, letters like this one, meant to draw media attention, are usually generated by lobbyists working for the ‘refugee resettlement industry‘ (see my previous post) which has many lobbyists working The Hill.  A lobbyist, or several lobbyists, will write the letter and then find some willing Senate staffer who will persuade the boss to sign on (might not take much persuasion!). The lobbyists shop the letter around to Senate offices.

Our side (the pro-reform side!) on the UN/US RAP has no lobbyist dedicated to this issue working The Hill which is all the more reason that you, grassroots citizen activists, must call-out your Senators on this letter especially those of you in Oklahoma!

Here is the letter:

The Honorable Rex Tillerson

Secretary

U.S. Department of State

2201 C St NW

Washington, DC 20520

The Honorable John F. Kelly

Secretary

U.S. Department of Homeland Security

3801 Nebraska Avenue, NW

Washington, DC 20530

Dear Secretaries Tillerson and Kelly,

We write regarding current administration of the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP), which has successfully resettled more than 3 million refugees from around the world to American communities in all 50 states. The USRAP is a critical pillar of our national foreign policy and enables the United States to fulfill key international commitments. Refugees come from the most vulnerable and persecuted populations around the world and are the most securely vetted travelers to the United States, spending an average of two years in the application process prior to approval.

According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, we are in the midst of the largest refugee crisis in modern history. More than a year ago, on March 17, 2016, then-Secretary of State John Kerry formally designated the actions of ISIS as genocide. As part of that declaration he said: “[ISIS] is… responsible for crimes against humanity and ethnic cleansing directed at these same groups and in some cases also against Sunni Muslims, Kurds, and other minorities… [ISIS] kills Christians because they are Christians; Yezidis because they are Yezidis; Shia because they are Shia. …naming these crimes is important. But what is essential is to stop them.” While the recognition and need to address these horrific crimes is important, we must not lose focus of the need to also protect others fleeing persecution around the world.

As you know, Executive Order 13769, issued on January 27, aimed to place a temporary 120-day halt on the USRAP and reduce the total refugee admissions for Fiscal Year 2017 from 110,000 to 50,000. This Executive Order was subsequently rescinded by Executive Order 13780, issued on March 6. Executive Order 13780 also aimed to place a similar halt and reduction on the USRAP. However, the U.S. District Court of Hawaii issued a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) on March 15 followed by a preliminary injunction on March 29, which currently prevents the implementation of portions of this Executive Order, including the entire section addressing the USRAP.

Given that there is currently no active provision from either of these Executive Orders affecting normal USRAP administration, we respectfully request a response to the following questions regarding the current status of USRAP operations, both domestically and internationally:

1. In light of the Hawaii District Court’s decision to block enforcement of the EO dated March 6th, does the Administration anticipate admitting refugees consistent with the previous Administration’s Presidential Determination for FY17 or will the Administration release a new Presidential Determination? How many refugees does the Administration anticipate admitting this Fiscal Year?

2. Is the U.S. continuing to conduct overseas interviews of both Priority-2 Direct Access applicants, including U.S.-affiliated Iraqis, and of applicants referred to the USRAP by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees? If so, how many individuals are currently going through this process and how long will this process take? If not, under what legal authority?

3. Given the genocide designation from the U.S. State Department, are survivors designated as a special humanitarian concern?

a. How many nationals and residents of Iraq or Syria who are members of a religious group subjected to genocide by ISIS and are at risk of forced migration have been admitted to the United States as refugees since March 17, 2016?

b. Under which mechanisms are these individuals able to apply and interview for admission to the United States as refugees?

c. Are survivors of genocide, crimes against humanity, or war crimes, eligible for Priority 2 processing under the refugee resettlement priority system? If not, why not?

i. If so, how many have been admitted since March 17, 2016?

4. During the seven weeks between the issuance of EO 13769 and the March 15 TRO, please describe any changes the Administration made to USRAP operations, including instructions given to all personnel responsible for carrying out USRAP duties in a way that continues to provide for the security of the American people while also maintaining the United States as a refuge for those fleeing persecution.

a. If changes were made, how will these changes continue to impact USRAP operations and capacity in the future?

b. If changes were made, what immediate effect have these changes already had on the USRAP’s overall resettlement capacity, including the impact on overseas Resettlement Support Centers and on domestic resettlement agencies?

c. What steps have you taken since the issuance of the TRO, including the rescission of relevant instructions to USRAP personnel, to restart the administration of the program?

5. We understand that there are DHS-approved refugees awaiting final medical clearances and travel bookings. What is the Administration’s timeframe for resettlement of these refugees?

a. How many cases within this group are cases of reunification with family members already in the United States?

b. How many cases within this group are genocide survivors?

6. In addition to these DHS-approved refugees, there are more in earlier stages of the screening process. Are agencies continuing the application and screening process for these refugees? If so, are there any new difficulties that would have the effect of slowing down the review process? If not, under what legal authority?

a. Of all refugees who have currently begun the resettlement process, how many are US-affiliated Iraqis?

Thank you for your attention to this matter, and we look forward to your timely response.

Sincerely,

15 Responses to “Six Republican Senators question Trump refugee admissions, appear to want MORE refugees admitted to the US”

  1. James Lankford | Congressional Scorecard – FreedomWorks

    http://congress.freedomworks.org/legislators/james-lankford

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  2. It is not The United States that is selecting which Middle-east and African immigrants that come to America. It is The United Nations. There would be no need of immigration if Obama and The United Nations did not start wars against Syria and other nations.

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  3. What surprised me is that a statement on the Samaritan’s Purse website had the narrative wrong on refugees leaving for Europe in regard to why we are seeing men and no women and children. I thought that Franklin Graham’s groups were more conservative and had a good read on this. So, should I be surprised the Mike Lee, a conservative who I thought knew better, has taken this stance – ? So, have we mistakenly ignored conservatives because we thought that knew all of this already?

    We targeted the refugee resettlement contractors. Should we shift our attention to another group of people? Nobody is perfect and some just don’t have good information. We are frustrated because we have studied this. Others don’t know about the hijra. You may tell me that I am wrong, but I don’t know all the people you speak with, Ann.

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  4. Can we pay you to be our lobbyist, Ann? Do you have a friend we can pay? Let’s start a fund.

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    • Ann Corcoran said

      I do have a friend who would be perfect and is willing. I’m not sure how to get the ball rolling though.

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  5. Mist'ears Mom said

    If I were the President I would tell them all to go pound sand esp fauxahontas. Who do they think they are except what we know them to be-a complete bunch of morons-you want answers get them yourselves. Frankly this letter is insulting to the millions of Americans who voted for PDJT and want these refugee programs stopped.
    PDJT won’t buy into it-he wants to help these “victims” that are fleeing “genocide” in the own countries. Much better solution than shipping them all over the world esp here!

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  6. It is truly scary that we have this bunch of ignorant buffoons running our country. They can’t seem to understand that what they are advocating is nothing short of national suicide by immigration.

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  7. These jokers have their heads so far up their asses that they can’t walk straight.

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  8. Well, there is only ONE Senator who knows what the Constitution is and has actually READ IT, THAT I KNOW OF….Senator Mike Lee.

    Unfortunately THE FISH STINKS FROM THE HEAD, in Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell, and by now we know about most of these other miscreants, like JEFF THE FLAKE JELLYFISH and QUEEN RINO LISA MURKOWSKI.

    We, collectively at THE RUBICON.

    THIS IS THE MODERN REPUBLICAN PARTY…it is a party of BIG GOVERNMENT AND PROGRESSIVISM. Here is some food for Thought…

    Mark Levin: Republican Party is not a party of small government, liberty, or of Capitalism…

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  9. REMEMBER THOSE NAMES TO VOTE THEM OUT OF OFFICE

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  10. Nothing is going to change until every progressive republican in both houses are purged. That’s going to take voters who finally awaken to the fact that these reps say what they have to for a vote then get in office & ignore our demands.
    Until then we will continue to bring unvetted/improperly vetted people who are bringing countless diseases here as well.
    I thought people were beginning to understand that we are slowly becoming the UK, France, or Germany but obviously I was wrong!
    Write the WH & your reps. Get involved to stop this! We need more than a hand full of people to get involved.

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  11. TwoLaine said

    “Refugees come from the most vulnerable and persecuted populations around the world and are the most securely vetted travelers to the United States, spending an average of two years in the application process prior to approval.”

    I see they are STILL LYING about vetting too. Two years my XXX.

    DISGUSTING! I don’t know how these people look at themselves in the mirror every day. Most of them don’t surprise me, we know they want open borders. They are not for America First.

    I knew that Lankford was not a friend of our government, or of the people, when he recently stood at his BULLY pulpit and called for our President to release his tax returns. I never heard him, or any of the others, ask for Obama’s birth certificate, class transcripts, speeches etc. He’s officially a member of the UNIParty!

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  12. Phonographnut@aol.com said

    gag me

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  13. This is unbelievable CRAP, Trump needs to take a stand to stop immigration or go home.

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