US State Department Fact Sheet on refugee admissions program is useful

If you are trying to learn more about how the US Refugee Admissions Program works, this is a link you should keep handy.

US Refugee Admissions Program FAQs.

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I’ve seen it before, but it is worth mentioning again.

It came to my attention this time when I was looking for more information on whether the US State Department was bending the rules for contractors who can’t find housing for refugees because I saw that the International Rescue Committee was using Airbnb for a stop gap measure.

Readers may remember that the IRC got in a pickle here in September when refugees were not being adequately housed according to a contractual agreement with the DOS.

This is the information at the IRC website that got my attention just now (I didn’t know that the DOS was allowing such “temporary” housing arrangements).

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Open your home to refugees

You can be beacon of hope to refugees in temporary need of shelter by working with IRC partner Airbnb. In Denver, Airbnb host Susan Bailey has already hosted six refugees and families from Yemen, Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan and the Republic of Congo. Together they shared meals and stories about their cultures, and helped foster a richer, global community.

“Our part in the process, providing short-term housing while long-term housing is solidified for a refugee or refugee family, is actually quite easy,” Bailey said. “Above all, with so much uncertainty in their lives, we want to provide these new arrivals with a safe haven of comfort and warmth.”

Does someone from the IRC check out the Airbnb housing? 

Remember those stories about hidden camera’s in Airbnb bedrooms?

Anyway, the important thing here is the fact sheet at the US State Department. (I did not find any detailed information at the Dept. of State about housing rules, although I know they have them.) There is a bit more detail at Reception and Placement.

When viewing the fact sheet, I caution you that when they answer the question about cost of the program they refer only to the US State Department’s cost, not the larger costs at Health and Human Services (ORR) or Homeland Security and they never tell you about the state and local costs including state social services, educating the kids, interpreters, criminal justice system etc., etc.

See all of my posts on the International Rescue Committee by clicking here.  They are the financially largest of the nine contractors:

Is Lutheran Linda Hartke talking about Stephen Miller? Sure sounds like it!

My recommendation to lawyers for Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) is to cool Linda Hartke’s presence in the media attacking the Trump administration.

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Hartke, CEO of LIRS, is embroiled in internal problems at one of the largest US resettlement contracting agencies where reportedly lawyers for the Board of Directors have been brought in to set the ship right.

See recent posts here, here and here.  In that last post we listed, see that LIRS has signed a contract with a giant foreign-owned meatpacking company (JBS Swift) to help facilitate their use of refugee labor. They also signed a contract with Tyson Foods.

Here she is working with Mr. Chobani’s foundation. Bringing in a little chump-change to add to the millions of tax dollars they get every year.

Biting the hand that feeds her!

LIRS is 96% funded by taxpayers, so here she is taking a whack at Stephen Miller, a chief White House aide to President Trump.

The story that appeared in my alerts today (although it is from last month and I missed it) is entitled:

‘Trump’s Wall Isn’t Up Yet, But Stephen Miller Is Still Shrinking Immigration’

It reports on a comment by Hartke published in the Washington Post, here.

Linda Hartke: Not the best poster girl for the refugee program at the moment!

“Within the administration there are a number of key players who are just looking for every opportunity, every program . . . every administrative or regulatory leeway they have to restrict entry into the United States,” said Linda Hartke, president and chief executive of the Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, which resettles refugees.

Even as they fight court orders seeking to halt parts of Trump’s immigration agenda, Sessions, White House senior adviser Stephen Miller and other key players are finding ways to shrink the immigration system. Miller was an aide to Sessions before both men joined the administration; in less than a year, their immigration policy prescriptions have moved from the realm of think-tank wish lists to White House executive orders.

Dear Mr. Miller, if you are reading this, I know where you can shrink even more!

Defund the middlemen contractors, which are attacking the administration in the media on a daily basis! Start with LIRS which has some financial funny business going on with its federal grants right now anyway!

And, readers, I’ll say it every chance I get.  There will be no real reform of the US Refugee Admissions Program until the nine Leftwing community activist contractors*** are removed from the federal payroll.

***Below are the nine that monopolize all refugee placement in America. Every week they sit down with the US State Department and divvy-up the incoming UN-chosen refugee cases and decide which towns and cities will be forced to welcome them.

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.