Refugee Resettlement Watch

Hetfield of the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society thinks Hawaiian judge just opened floodgates

Posted by Ann Corcoran on July 14, 2017

UpdateBy the end of the day we are now over the President’s ceiling by 194, and I think it would only be fair if HIAS set up an office in Hawaii and resettle all of those over the ceiling in that state! After all, Hawaii isn’t getting its fair share—only 3 so far in FY17.

I really don’t mean to turn RRW in to HIAS Watch***, but it is Mark Hetfield, the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society’s well paid CEO who is setting himself up as the leading spokesman for the refugee industry.

Here (below) is his statement on the decision by the Hawaiian rogue judge.

If the Trump administration allows one judge in Hawaii to prevail, after deciding all by himself, what a “bona fide relationship” is, we might as well call it quits and go to the beach (for life!).

There is no legal standard because the Supreme Court literally made it up on the fly!

Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society:

SILVER SPRING, Md.—On Thursday, July 13, U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson issued an important ruling in Hawaii halting the implementation of portions of the Trump administration’s executive order banning refugees and travelers from six Muslim-majority countries.

As a result of this ruling, refugees with assurances from U.S.-based resettlement agencies are now officially considered to have “bona fide” relationships with a U.S. entity, as defined by the Supreme Court. The Trump administration had previously interpreted the Supreme Court order to mean that refugees with such ties would not be permitted entry on that basis alone.

In his decision, Judge Watson wrote that “an assurance from a United States resettlement agency, in fact, meets each of the Supreme Court’s touchstones,” and that “bona fide does not get any more bona fide than that.”

Additionally, the Court expanded the administration’s overly narrow interpretation of which close family ties would qualify to be exempted from the refugee ban, which had originally excluded even grandparents and grandchildren.

HIAS President and CEO Mark Hetfield said, “This is a common-sense ruling which correctly interprets what the Supreme Court explicitly wrote. Critically, thousands of refugees escaping precarious and dangerous situations should now have the chance to find the safety promised to them in this country.”

More here.

Rep. Keith Ellison was the ‘draw’ at NY anti-Trump rally sponsored by HIAS.

Remember readers, this is all about their “compensation,” about money (taxpayer money!) for each refugee they place in your towns.  It is about their office overhead, their staff salaries, their travel budgets, and their ability to put on anti-Trump rallies like this one.

***This gives me an idea.  Readers are always asking me what they can do. Here is something: Start a “watch” for each of the nine contractors. Pick your favorite from the list below and write your own blog! If I can do it, so can you!

If you decide to choose HIAS we have a huge archive on them here (a good place to start!).

Federal contractors/middlemen/lobbyists/community organizers paid by you to place refugees in your towns and cities.  Because their income is largely dependent on taxpayer dollars based on the number of refugees admitted to the US, the only way for real reform of how the US admits refugees is to remove the contractors from the process.

13 Responses to “Hetfield of the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society thinks Hawaiian judge just opened floodgates”

  1. Am I the only one who finds it odd that the Jews, who have been the sworn enemies of Islam for centuries, are now trying to see that our country is filled up with the very people they have been fighting for years? if they are so concerned about helping out Muslims, why aren’t they pressuring Israel to take them in?

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  2. Here is the Breitbart article with a very good explanation of what Sessions is doing. I think Ann will be pleased.

    http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/07/15/ag-jeff-sessions-goes-directly-to-supreme-court-for-clarification-of-travel-ban-ruling/

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  3. Here is letter I sent to Trump White House: Please everyone write to him and your senators etc:

    Dear President Trump

    Please ignore the rogue judge in Hawaii’s new injunction about bona fide relationship. This has become a constitutional crisis with the judges in lower courts trying to delay your agenda and using lawsuits as a obstruction tactic.

    President Eisenhower followed the constitution and rule of law to the tee in the Little Rock Arkansas civil rights dispute. He followed the supreme court ruling and had to end up sending in troops to maintain law and order. He had confidence, and the law on his side. He was decisive and did not hesitate. Your administration has made the determination that the bona fide relationship is to follow immigration law family verbage. No grandparents allowed.

    Please have the foresight and confidence in your decision making to ignore this obstruction of justice. Let them go to Supreme Court if they want. But your rule should stand.

    Eisenhower’s biography should be mandatory reading for all POTUS’s. Authored by Jean Smith. This book is about what a real leader looks like. From WWII to Suez Canal crisis to Little Rock. He was calm and decisive.

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    • More to the point, the President (and Congress) is within his authority to ignore the lower court ruling. That said, he should also ask Congress to impeach these Progressive renegade judges. In any event, he is constitutionally empowered to ignore their inane, overreaching rulings.

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  4. ljarvik said

    Maybe HIAS could change its name to the “Muslim Immigrant Aid Society” in the interest of truth in advertising?

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  5. sfn2 said

    It’a incredibly sad to me, that so-called religious organizations will resettle immigrants and destroy our country all for the love of money and nothing else. They are NOT humanitarians. If they were, they would care about their fellow citizens and the generations behind them who are totally screwed now.

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    • Ann Corcoran said

      From my earliest days writing this blog, I could never understand why these ‘religious’ charities were not satisfied with helping our poor and homeless and that bringing in more poverty was more attractive. But, of course I soon learned that humanitarian charity was not the primary reason for this program.

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  6. As I ahd expressed earlier, my fear was that so long as a resettlement agency had an Affidavit of Relationship form on file and assured for an extended family member up to and including cousins, that, despite any annual cap and the “immediate family” definition, that the extended refugee family would be allowed entry. Can’t imagine the dimwittery of the 4th circuit will pass SCOTUS muster. Thank God for that.

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  7. TwoLaine said

    It has just been announced that Jeff Sessions will be appealing this ruling to the Supreme Court. It is NULL and VOID, or will be soon.

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