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Report: White House considering refugee cap of 25,000 for Fiscal Year 2019

Posted by Ann Corcoran on August 2, 2018

It begins…..

The annual negotiating about how many refugees the President should aim to admit to the US in the coming fiscal year, which begins on October 1 of this year, is underway.

But the difference between those machinations for say 2016 when the refugee resettlement contractors***, which are paid by the head to place refugees in your towns and cities, were pushing for 200,000 and up and Obama set the ceiling for his final year at 110,000 and today demonstrate that the President, who ran on reducing the numbers, is keeping his word.


Stephen Miller has been with the President since early in the campaign. I had a laugh just now. When looking for a photo for this post I see that the vast majority of Miller’s media photos show him with a scowling expression on his face. 

The contractors have already staked out 75,000 as their top desired number and now comes word that the “evil” Stephen Miller, Trump’s right hand man on issues involving immigration, wants far less.

25,000 is the number being bandied about, but rumors persist that Miller continues to think that a cap of 15,000 would take care of the TRULY persecuted people.

The New York Times  has a very detailed report.  I can’t snip it all, but encourage you to read the whole thing.

Don’t lose sight of one important point: 

We have a backlog of 700,000 asylum claims to process. Those are people who got in to the US by some other means (mostly illegal) and claim they should be considered as refugees. If granted refugee status they become eligible for all the welfare goodies a UN-chosen refugee flown to the US gets.

Therefore as the refugee contractors help more and more migrants coming illegally across our borders file asylum claims, they are only making it worse (under this President) for refugees waiting abroad.

The New York Times:

WASHINGTON — The White House is considering a second sharp reduction in the number of refugees who can be resettled in the United States, picking up where President Trump left off in 2017 in scaling back a program intended to offer protection to the world’s most vulnerable people, according to two former government officials and another person familiar with the talks.

This time, the effort is meeting with less resistance from inside the Trump administration because of the success that Stephen Miller, the president’s senior policy adviser and an architect of his anti-immigration agenda, has had in installing allies in key positions who are ready to sign off on deep cuts.

Last year, after a fierce internal battle that pitted Mr. Miller, who advocated a limit as low as 15,000, against officials at the Department of Homeland Security, the State Department and the Pentagon, Mr. Trump set the cap at 45,000, a historic low. Under one plan currently being discussed, no more than 25,000 refugees could be resettled in the United States next year, a cut of more than 40 percent from this year’s limit. It would be the lowest number of refugees admitted to the country since the creation of the program in 1980.

The program’s fate could hinge on Mike Pompeo, the secretary of state. His department has traditionally been a strong advocate for the refugee program, but Mr. Pompeo is now being advised by two senior aides who are close to Mr. Miller and share his hard-line approach, according to the people briefed on the discussions, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to reveal internal deliberation about a decision that has yet to be completed.

Mary Giovagnoli

Mary Giovagnoli, director of Refugee Council USA, told the Times. “There’s a continued concentration of power in the hands of folks who don’t support a robust refugee program.”

A White House official who also did not want to be identified declined to confirm or deny whether deep cuts to the program, including a cap of 25,000, were under consideration.

See my previous post. We will be admitting fewer than 25,000 this year (FY18)!

But the official implicitly made the case for substantially reducing refugee admissions. A “migration crisis” was gripping the country, the official said, and the administration was instead prioritizing asylum cases in which a person is already in the United States and claims a credible fear of returning home.


Another steep reduction in refugees would be the latest piece of a multipronged effort by the president — devised and driven in large part by Mr. Miller — not just to crack down on illegal immigration, but also to fundamentally change the face of legal immigration in America.

The approach would move away from a system that prioritizes diversity, family ties and providing protection for persecuted people and toward one singularly focused on merit and skills. The president’s periodic efforts to pressure Congress to enact such policies have gone nowhere, but he has used his executive power to make changes where he can.

Don’t get excited.  Although the President can dramatically reduce numbers and do some tinkering here and there, real and lasting reform of the Refugee Act of 1980 must be undertaken by the craven Chamber of Commerce-types and chickens in Congress before Trump’s presidency ends in 2020 or 2024.

Leaving the contractors (as political activists) and the present system in place will do nothing in the long term.

The NYT continues….

…after 18 months in the West Wing and a record level of turnover in the administration, Mr. Miller has succeeded in surrounding himself with figures who may be more amenable to gutting refugee admissions.


…two men who are close to Mr. Miller and share his restrictionist views on immigration have been named to senior positions at the State Department: Andrew Veprek, the deputy assistant secretary of refugees and migration, and John Zadrozny, who recently moved from Mr. Miller’s inner circle at the White House Domestic Policy Council to the policy planning staff at the department.

Much, much more here.

Photo of Ms. Giovagnoli: I told you about the lobbying arm (RCUSA) of the refugee industry here on Tuesday.  They have big bucks to lobby Congress as we learned when word got out that they had hired the now disgraced Podesta Group to lobby for more refugees (more paying clients for them).


*** These (below) are the nine federal resettlement contractors which are largely paid for their ‘humanitarian’ work by you, the US taxpayer.

As the numbers of incoming refugees decline so too does their income.  A continued reduction in the number of incoming refugees could cause one or more of these supposed non-profits to go under due to poor budgetary management—they never planned for a rainy day when federal bucks might dry up!

The number in parenthesis is the percentage of their income paid by you (the taxpayer) to place the refugees into your towns and cities and get them signed up for their services (aka welfare)! 

From most recent accounting, here.

10 Responses to “Report: White House considering refugee cap of 25,000 for Fiscal Year 2019”

  1. FatherJon said

    We’re all seeing the way that the very word ‘refugee’ has become misused in order to garner a sympathy vote from left-wing politicians and their followers. In Australia we’ve seen the manipulation of language to almost make these people seem to have a natural right to enter another person’s country and avail themselves of all the benefits that native-born inhabitants have worked hard for. In Australia we’re finding cutbacks in our medical facilities, schools, extending the age limit to obtain a pension and many other privations, largely due to the huge amounts of money our governments are wasting maintaining thousands of hopefulls stuck in detention camps at home and in Nauru and Manus.

    They’re not ‘refugees’ from anything political or militaristic at all. Most of them are just opportunists who have created a barely plausible background for themselves. The Iranians are mostly young men escaping a recently prolonged period of military service in their home country. Overall most of the illegals arrived here having destroyed or sold their passports and IDs, thus inventing new backgrounds and names for themseves. Why should we allow total strangers of dubious credentials into our home?

    We have a Federal election coming up in the next few months and all indications are that the electorate will make a resounding response to our various governments’ mishandling of the illegal people smuggler activities that have affected us all.

    Liked by 2 people

    • As a fellow Aussie, I agree with you. We should vote for the parties that actually take the right stand on this issue – One Nation and the Australian Conservatives come to mind.


  2. Yay Donald!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. futuret said



  4. Reblogged this on islamnewworldorder and commented:
    25,000 “refugees” for 2019, which again reminds me of the sign: “DON’T FEED THE BEARS” In this case the “bears” are the NINE national SCAM agencies and their hundreds of local minion offices getting paid per head of “refugee” so of course they want hundreds more to place in RED states meant to turn them blue.
    Plus there’s a backlog of 700,000 asylum-seekers who likely are mostly illegal, but they would get the same sweet deal as “refugees.”
    The “refugee” act of 1980 is in desperate need of revamping, folks, “IF” you want America to remain at least a glimmer of her former self.
    Let your people in Congress know, PLEASE!

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  5. Reblogged this on The way I see things ….


  6. katmanwon said

    I would ONLY accept White South Africans – as the best to my knowledge these are the ONLY people being slaughtered – these people know how to farm – so loan the funds to buy land & equipment – NO grants.

    IFF someone can show me how they are being slaughtered by MUSLIMS – then fine – bring them here – but DO NOT give them a free ride on the backs of the rest of US, otherwise they have NO RESPECT.

    IFF they raise the flag for the country hence they came – sent them back there.

    IFF they DO NOT know our language & culture – make them go to school – IFF THEY DO NOT pass the test – deport them.

    Bill them for school – they can clean up the streets – build roads, bridges!


    On Thu, Aug 2, 2018 at 7:40 AM, Refugee Resettlement Watch wrote:

    > Ann Corcoran posted: “It begins….. The annual negotiating about how many > refugees the President should aim to admit to the US in the coming fiscal > year, which begins on October 1 of this year, is underway. But the > difference between those machinations for say 2016 when the” >


  7. Judy Gladstone said

    I emailed President Trump to do this….  


  8. nafbpo7 said

    I sent you an article yesterday about Canadians protesting against Trudeau’s policies on refugees. The summer is ending and the Canadian administration is scrambling to move the “refugees” they have temporarily housed in college dorms.


    • Ann Corcoran said

      Thanks, will look for it….after being away for ten days I am even more behind than I usually am checking mail.


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