Refugee Resettlement Watch

US shuts the door on refugees, wails ‘Think Progress’

Posted by Ann Corcoran on July 13, 2017

…..and it is confirmed by their go-to commenter—Mark Hetfield of the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society— who says of Trump’s ceiling that it is “lower than it’s been in history.”

But, what he doesn’t say is that even at 50,086 (the number this morning), that is not the lowest ADMISSIONS number in the history of the program as we pointed out here (and will show you below).

Here is Think Progress (John Podesta):

“We’ve reached a low point in U.S. history today with the Trump administration setting and enforcing a refugee admission ceiling which is lower than it’s been in history,” HIAS President and CEO Mark Hetfield told ThinkProgress in a phone interview Wednesday.

I just told you two days ago (something Think Progress will never tell you), that groups like HIAS are quasi-government agencies paying CEO salaries at major corporation levels. Hetfield makes $358,718 (doing well by doing good!) annually. Only one of the nine CEOs makes more, and that is David Miliband of the IRC ($591,846). https://refugeeresettlementwatch.wordpress.com/2017/07/11/updating-financial-data-on-refugee-contractors-big-bucks-for-humanitarian-work/

HIAS, a nonprofit organization that provides humanitarian assistance and aid to refugees, has long helped refugees resettle in the United States. Hetfield was immensely displeased that at least one HIAS client, who was approved as a refugee, will be unable to come in despite having a grandmother in the country. Others will also see their flight reservations cancelled.

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“We’re at least grateful the Supreme Court prevented Trump from fully implementing his mean spirited executive order and that refugees will [with] ties to US will continue to be admitted,” Hetfield said. “It’s an embarrassment for our country to be taking in so few refugees when the needs are so great.”

Think Progress goes on to perpetuate a massive misunderstanding claiming that countries like Turkey (Lebanon and Jordan) take in more refugees than does the rich (mean-spirited) US.

Those countries do not take refugees permanently (another thing that Think Progress will never tell its readers!)

Those countries would never let large numbers of other ethnic groups (Iraqis, Syrians, Somalis, Pakistanis, Palestinians etc.) become PERMANENT VOTING CITIZENS.  In our refugee program (the largest in the world even at 50,000) we do, and so….

….we are the number one country in the world admitting refugees for life!

Let’s look at historically low admissions levels (see charts here).

There were 4 years when we admitted fewer than Trump’s 50,086:

FY02: 27,070

FY03: 28,117

FY06: 41,279

FY07: 48,281

And, since the SCOTUS is allowing refugees with “bona fide” relationships to enter above Trump’s 50,000 ceiling, here are some other years that might easily be surpassed before September 30th (the end of FY17):

FY87: 58,863

FY04: 52,858

FY05: 53,813

And these next two are THE Man’s (Obama’s years):

FY11: 56,424

FY12: 58,238

I’m guessing that Trump will, in the end, be admitting in the low 60,000s, close to the average for the last ten years.   The big question is—what will he propose for FY18???

9 Responses to “US shuts the door on refugees, wails ‘Think Progress’”

  1. futuret said

    WE SHOULD NOT BE ACCEPTING ANYBODY. YOU CAN TRY TO EDUCATE PEOPLE, BUT IN REALITY PEOPLE DO NOT WANT TO BE EDUCATED, SIMPLY BECAUSE THEY HAVE EVERY FAITH IN THEIR POLITICIANS AND ELECTED OFFICIALS, ONCE THEY HAVE LEFT THEIR POLLING PLACES AFTER VOTING, THEY FEEL THEIR WORK IS DONE. ALL THESE PEOPLE NEED TO START A REVOLT IN THEIR OWN COUNTRIES, AND WE SHOULD LEAVE THEM ALONE TO ATTEND TO THEIR OWN BUSINESSES. RELOCATING FROM ONE PLACE TO ANOTHER DOES NOT SOLVE PROBLEMS, IT DOES MAGNIFY THEM, AND YOU JUST END UP WITH THE SAME OLD THING, AND PEOPLE BRING THEIR OWN CULTURES TO OTHER COUNTRIES, AND NOT HAVING RESPECT TO ASSIMILATE INTO THE HOST COUNTRY. WE SHALL EVENTUALLY HAVE A REVOLT AND A CIVIL WAR HERE, BECAUSE WITH EACH CALL AND WITH EACH PETITION WE GET SLAPPED IN THE FACE. WE ARE BECOMING A WASTE LAND HERE AND NEED TO FOCUS OUR EFFORTS HERE. WE ALSO NEED TO KEEP OUR TROOPS HERE, IN THE EVENT OF AN INVASION, AND NOT HAVE THEM SCATTERED ALL OVER THE WORLD. PEOPLE REALLY DO NOT WANTED TO BE EDUCATED FOR THE MOST PART, BECAUSE THEY FEEL THEIR ELECTED OFFICIALS AND POLITICIANS ARE EDUCATED FOR THEM, AND THAT IS ONE DIRECTIVE ON TAKING POWER AWAY FROM THE PEOPLE. IF WE WERE EDUCATED THEY WOULD NOT HAVE THIS MUCH POWER, BUT THE FACT REMAINS WE DO NOT WANT TO BE EDUCATED SO LONG AS WE HAVE A FEW COMFORTS.

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    • Ann Corcoran said

      Can I make a suggestion, your comments would be so much easier to read (and thus more people would read them) if you didn’t write in all caps and made some paragraph breaks (even if there isn’t an easy place to make breaks).

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    • Look, when it comes to refugees, please let’s not lose our perspective entirely. Let’s not forget that we remain a “land of immigrants”, and that has been to our advantage over the long haul. I doubt anyone would disagree with that since, for the most part, our own forbears originated in foreign lands. That said, however, those emigrating to our country MUST be properly vetted, MUST be in manageable numbers, and, culturally, MUST be readily assimilable. In other words, immigrants and future citizens must serve the national interest.

      Being humanitarian and compassionate, which I believe most of us are, doesn’t require that we be cognitively dissonant pollyannas either. In recent years, the US has not abided by these foundational immigation guidelines/principles, and therein lies the problem and the threat to our national security and identity.

      On balance, of course, the REAL enemy within is the self-destructive Progressive machine whose goal remains that of undermining what little remains of this “constitutional republic”, and to achieve that goal they’ve joined themselves at the hip with immigrants who are culturally/ideologically in conflict with individual liberty. So, the “enemy” is twofold: the Progressives and their unvetted, unassimilable immigrant allies.Nullify the Progressives, and there will be no “refugee/immigrant problem”.

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      • futuret said

        Absolutely NOT, no immigrants period. We were once immigrants many light year ago, but we are known as American now. All of these immigrants are strictly coming here for benefits, and taking food from our children and our jobs. We should not have any immigrants, at least for the next five years. We should seal the door tight, except for tourists. We have been sold and bought out, and sold time and time over and over again. I SAY NO IMMIGRANTS!!! If someone marries one that is their responsibility. WE HAVE TOO MANY OF OUR OWN HOMELESS AND JOBLESS. I AM SICK OF FOREIGNERS. I AM ALSO SICK OF OUR GOVERNMENT LETTING THEM OWN US!!!

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        • It’s that sort of unfortunate rigidity which prompted my comment above. Frankly, it’s too much like the rigidity I see on the Left–needlessly destructive and toxic.

          Historically, immigrants–when properly vetted, in manageable numbers, and assimilable–are assets, not liabilities. Their inclusion enhances our national identity and security. ( For example, Vietnamese refugees have been profoundly successful and have demonstrated a sincere interest in and intent to fully assimilate. Point of fact: many have even adopted American names for themselves and their children.Thus, this group validates the benefits of commonsense and carefully considered immigration policy.

          That said, I’m in agreement that fro the past 15 years or so we’ve been awash in refugees and immigrants, too many of whom have been demonstrably unassimilable. Why? Because we, as a country, haven’t been abiding by the guiding principles I alluded to above. Thus, at least a 5-year moratorium on immigration should be honestly, objectively and seriously discussed and implemented. Either that, or a 75% decrease in immigrant visas granted and refugees approved for entry.

          By studying the extent of those immigrants’ level of assimilation over the past 15-20 years, we can determine whether or not they’ve been successfully “Americanized”. We can also readily determine which immigrant/refugee groups most readily adapt, acculturate and assimilate. If the study suggests that the millions already permitted entry over the past 15-20 years have not properly assimilated, the moratorium needs to be appropriately extended; if properly assimilated, then permit more immigrants, but ONLY if we follow those commonsense foundational immigration rules above.

          Finally, there are particular refugee/immigrant groups I’d rather have as neighbors than many American born types who don’t appreciate the wonders of self-reliance and individual liberty. Most refugees/immigrants absolutely appreciate the wonder of freedom, both political and economic, and prove it every day.

          The refugee/immigrant is not the problem; our vetting system and our substandard, politically and greed-driven immigration policies are.

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  2. FatherJon said

    Australian liberal media is now worried that the plan to send ‘our’ 1200 illegals from Manaua and Nauru is now knocked on the head. Frankly I don’t blame the US for not taking them in and most Aussies are thoroughly sick of the entire issue now that we’ve actually stopped the boats.

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  3. The only bright spot I’ve read about lately is that Stephen Miller has a very big role in the Administration when it comes to refugee issues. I believe that Stephen is also responsible for some of President Trump’s best speeches. Also, not exactly on topic but Trump has brought on J. Christian Adams to help with the voter fraud investigations. There is nobody better suited to this job and I urge people to read some of JCA’s articles to see how well suited he is for this task. The Supreme Court decisions are absolutely horrifying.

    Thanks as always for your coverage of these issues.

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  4. Rule of Law, Commonsense and even our survival instincts as a People are dead. Greed and political self-interest are the Gods throughout DC and, in particular, within the refugee resettlement industry. I continually share your posts on my facebook and warn friends and families, but, short of open rebellion, there’s little we can do to arrest the growing insanity and menacing lawlessness gripping the country today. Very, very upsetting.

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