Over a week ago, the Heritage Foundation tooted their horn in an e-mail that they had visited the White House with their “Roadmap for Reform” for the US Refugee Admissions Program.
You learned about that visit here.
In their e-mail Heritage said this:
Last Thursday, they briefed Admiral Hall on their report at the National Security Council. He was very receptive and promised to pass it to the new Senior Adviser for Refugees ….
Who that senior adviser is remains a mystery.
We did hear from sources that we needed to contact a woman named Julie who is the Dept. of State’s Senior Congressional Advisor and she might know. When we did so, and explained that we wished to share information with the “New Senior Adviser for Refugees” including information on fraud in the USRAP she said this in response:
The State Department takes allegations of fraud very seriously. If you have information you would like to convey, you may contact the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration directly at PRM-Admissions-Inquiries@ state.gov
But, we received no information on who the adviser might be, just the admonition to contact PRM.
We did immediately write to that Department of State (DOS) office and have not, so far, received a response. We wanted to especially share what we have been learning about Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, see Breitbart story here.
This comment (at Heritage) below reminded us that many of you might have things to share with the US State Department about fraud and possible misuse of taxpayer dollars.
I encourage any of you who have information about waste, fraud etc. to contact that office linked above (in the e-mail to me from Julie).
I don’t know who is at the other end of that e-mail address because I haven’t gotten a response, but don’t hesitate to contact the office about problems you may be having with federal contractors or when you see those contractors either keeping things secret from your community or when they leave refugees in the lurch.
On the secrecy issue, the DOS has told the national media and a Senate committee in the past that meetings held by their contractors—quarterly consultations/stakeholder meetings—are open to the public!
Or, as the commenter above said, tell the DOS if you see incidents where the refugees themselves are potentially breaking the law.
I know what you are saying, that you don’t want to get on some government list, but honestly if we don’t blow the whistle then what? The swamp will never be drained and America, as we know it, will be gone for your children and grandchildren!
And, one more thing, you may find that the DOS (if they do answer you) will send you to another federal agency—ORR in HHS—saying that whatever you raised doesn’t involve DOS. Yes it does! The DOS is the agency that sends refugees out to your towns and cities so they are in fact the lead agency on the distribution of refugees, the hiring of contractors and the decisions about which towns will be impacted.
This post is filed in my ‘what you can do’ category, here.