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And so it begins—the battle of the bona fides

Posted by Ann Corcoran on June 28, 2017

“Anyone who has an existing relationship with a nonprofit, frankly tens of thousands of refugees, should be seen as having bona fide ties.”

Becca Heller


The US Supreme Court has taken it upon itself to re-write Refugee law by creating a new requirement (even if it is just for a few months) that refugees may enter the country ABOVE TRUMP’S CEILING OF 50,000 ADMISSIONS by September 30th if they can show a “bona fide relationship” to someone already here or to an “entity” in the US.

In Washington, DC, the scrambling to define those words—“bona fide relationship”—is underway!

The Refugee Act of 1980 has no provisions for going over the President’s CEILING except in an emergency and in such a case, the President (wishing to increase the ceiling) must “consult” with Congress.

The Supremes have thus gone beyond their Constitutional role and are crafting a new requirement that effectively nullifies Trump’s 50,000 admissions ceiling and strips the President and Congress of their authority under the Refugee Act of 1980.

Before I give you the  NY Times on the battle of the bona fides, you might want to read Andy McCarthy here (not much of a victory) on the decision as he raises an important point about giving powerful legal rights to some random immigrant who just happened to get here earlier who can now, with a demand to bring in the family members, have a legal right to supersede the President’s power to keep us safe.

International Refugee Assistance Project is one of the original litigants.

Here is the NY Times (other news outlets are signalling as well in which direction the refugee industry is going on this) which begins with the usual get-your-minds-right sob story with a couple of refugee ‘stars’ of the article telling their sad tale.

Skipping to the important part ……

About four out of 10 refugees who come to the United States have no family ties in the country, according to independent estimates. In some cities known for taking in refugees — like Boise, Idaho; New Haven; and Fayetteville, Ark. — those with no family ties are a majority.

On Monday, the Supreme Court threw into question whether such refugees, who are among the most vulnerable people seeking a haven after fleeing persecution or conflict, will be approved for resettlement in the United States.

In agreeing to hear two cases on President Trump’s travel ban, the court introduced a new phrase to the fraught discussion of refugees and Muslim immigrants: “bona fide relationship.”

Those who can show a “bona fide relationship” with a “person or entity” in the United States will not be affected by Mr. Trump’s 120-day halt to refugee admissions or his 90-day ban on travel from six majority-Muslim countries, according to the court’s order. Those refugees or travelers must be admitted, at least for now.

However, those who have no family, business or other ties can be prohibited, the court said.
The justices gave some examples of a bona fide relationship: visiting relatives in the United States, attending a university or taking a job offer.

Here we go! No family ties? So, they are setting the stage for demanding that anyone already connected, even tangentially, to a US refugee resettlement contractor*** should be admitted in addition to the relatives!

On a conference call Monday, lawyers who have fought the Trump administration argued that other refugees and travelers should also be allowed in because, like Mr. Dagoum, they often have ties to a nonprofit organization that has been helping them even before they land in the United States.

“Anyone who has an existing relationship with a nonprofit, frankly tens of thousands of refugees,” should be seen as having bona fide ties, said Becca Heller, director of the International Refugee Assistance Project.

Representatives of some resettlement agencies said they were awaiting guidance from the State Department. Heather Nauert, a State Department spokeswoman, said on Tuesday that the department would consult with the Justice Department on how to define “bona fide relationship,” a process she expected to take two more days. Meanwhile, anyone already approved for travel to the United States by July 6 would be allowed in, she said.

Continue reading here.

Just checking the numbers at Wrapsnet and see that as of this morning we are at 48,920 refugees admitted this fiscal year (began Oct. 1, 2016). We are thus 1,080 away from Trump’s 50,000 CEILING—a ceiling now rendered meaningless by the Supreme Court with this assertion.

With this below from the Court’s opinion, Trump (and America!) loses big time (where are you Congress?):



My previous posts on the Supreme Court debacle are here and here.

*** These are the nine major US resettlement contractors and working under them (using your tax dollars) are hundreds of local subcontractors.

5 Responses to “And so it begins—the battle of the bona fides”

  1. Ann, on page 12 of the ruling, this: “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.” Would not this provision limit the application of reckless and circumventional bona fides designations by “non-profits”? Been scratching my head over this provision.


    • Ann Corcoran said

      I think (guess!) that applies to relationships not yet established,but I bet they will find many already developed to a greater or lesser degree. It will be up to the Justice Dept. to spell all this out. But, it is maddening to think that the courts are now telling the DOJ what regulations to write.

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  2. Muslims inbreed with their first cousins and their own daughters so they are all related in some way. Incest is a way of life with them.


  3. ljarvik said

    Well try to establish that the refugee agencies are not bona fide charities first and strip them of their status…fraud, misrepresentation, qui tam lawsuits might help to fund your efforts and pay the lawyers–expose and bankrupt them for stealing from the American taxpayers in addition to exposing them for endangering our safety by bringing in terrorists and terrorist sympathizers…

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  4. The Supreme Court decision is one of the biggest travesties ever to occur in the history of American jurisprudence. As usual, Ann is the only person in the media who has called it correctly. Even President Trump is claiming this horrible decision as a “victory” when in reality it has just moved our country one step closer to take over by the refugee hordes who are presently overwhelming the European continent.

    Thank God that we are protected by oceans on both sides or else we would have the people smugglers bringing them in by the boatload like they’re doing to Italy. For the life of me I cannot fathom what is wrong with the Trump administration when it comes to this issue! It is so obvious what’s going on, yet Trump and his people don’t seem to be able to stop it. It is like watching a train wreck in slow motion.

    Conservative legal scholars like Mark Levin and Andy McCarthy have written at length about the dangers of the all powerful judiciary, yet the Supremes continue to wield a power that is greater than the other two branches of Government combined. It seems like no matter who gets appointed or elected, our country is still being run by George Soros, the sharia loving left Dems and the rest of the un-elected Deep State Swampers.

    Everyone who reads Ann’s blog should spread the word near and far about what’s really happening. Knowledge is the only power we have at this moment.

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