Refugee Resettlement Watch

Will President Trump restrict welfare use by refugees too?

Posted by Ann Corcoran on June 26, 2017

When President Trump announced in Iowa last week that he planned to ask Congress for a tightening of restrictions on welfare use by immigrants—barring their use of welfare for 5 years—I wondered if he would wander in to the minefield of refugee welfare use.

Iowa announcement June 21, 2017—immigrant welfare use to be restricted (crowd cheers!).

Readers here know that refugees use social services/welfare immediately (within weeks) upon arrival and that the primary job of their resettlement contractor*** is to get them signed up for their services ASAP.

Here is Trump in Iowa last Wednesday:

“The time has come for new immigration rules that say … those seeking immigration into our country must be able to support themselves financially and should not use welfare for a period of at least five years,” Trump said.

My ears pricked up and I wondered if he means refugees too.  If he does, he can expect wailing and moaning on the level he received when he announced his original travel ban.

(See here that refugees are exempt from the Clinton-era restrictions on welfare use by immigrants.)

If Trump persuades Congress to disallow welfare for 5 years for all classes of immigrants that would certainly be a backdoor way to rein-in the US Refugee Admissions Program. Maybe, just maybe, the mostly ‘religious’ resettlement contractors*** would have to raise private charitable money or cut the number of the ‘clients’ they ‘care for.’  And, heck, maybe those meatpackers would have to go to paying higher wages as refugee families now use welfare as a back-up for low-wage earnings.

But, don’t hold your breath!

If you are interested in reading more on ‘refugee welfare’ click here for my extensive archive on the subject.

***For new readers, these are the nine federal refugee contractors whose main job is to get their refugee clients their social services in the first three months and then they move on to a new set of paying clients (they are paid by you, the taxpayer, at a per head price for placing refugees in your towns and cities).

5 Responses to “Will President Trump restrict welfare use by refugees too?”

  1. NO WELFARE FOR REFUGEES

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  2. When they tell you you will not have Social Security for your old age, remember, YOUR Social Security is being given to the REFUJIHADIS. http://patriotrising.com/2016/06/08/feds-spend-nearly-20000-settle-every-refugee/

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  3. I didn’t see an article up about today’s SCOTUS ruling, so for the moment, I am leaving a comment here.

    Here is the text of the decision. PDF link. https://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/16pdf/16-1436_l6hc.pdf

    Here is a selected quote of some importance. Bolding added by me.

    >The facts of these cases illustrate the sort of relationship that qualifies. For individuals, a close familial relationship is required. A foreign national who wishes to enter the United States to live with or visit a family member, like Doe’s wife or Dr. Elshikh’s mother-in-law, clearly has such a relationship. As for entities, the relationship must be formal, documented, and formed in the ordinary course, rather than for the purpose of evading EO–2. The students from the designated countries who have been admitted to the University of Hawaii have such a relationshipwith an American entity. So too would a worker who accepted an offer of employment from an American company or a lecturer invited to address an American audience. **Not so someone who enters into a relationship simply to avoid §2(c): For example, a nonprofit group devoted to immigration issues may not contact foreign nationals from the designated countries, add them to client lists, and then secure their entry by claiming injury from their exclusion.**

    The SCOTUS is well aware of how some of these organizations work, and this is most likely the death toll (Thank GOD!) of the “refugee resettlement program.”

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  4. ps: I emailed the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Oklahoma City’s refugees coordinator to see how many Moslems he had inflicted on the Catholic people of Oklahoma. The dirty criminal refused to answer. I emailed the Vicar General (number 2 after the archbishop) for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Oklahoma City regarding the same matter and he is stonewalling. As a Catholic, I am calling on all other Catholics to seek an accounting from your bishop regarding their suport of the Islamic invasion and terrorism against you in your state or hometown using the money you donate to the Church. Stop donating money to organization which support Islam and terrorism against you such as the Catholic Church.

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  5. nafbpo7 said

    I am a little rusty on administrative immigration laws, but I think becoming a “Public Charge” (public assistance) within five years of intial entry, is grounds for deportation.

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