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Ten reason there should be a moratorium on the UN/US Refugee Admissions Program for FY2017

Posted by Ann Corcoran on May 19, 2016

Readers, this (below) is what I am sending to the US State Department today.  If you have followed RRW for years you will recognize this as a modification of the first testimony I sent in 2012.  Frankly, nothing much has changed!

Some things have gotten worse. Only one issue I raised then has been improved—they get the ORR Annual Reports to Congress done more quickly.  They still aren’t getting them to Congress when the law says they should, but almost.

One issue that is much worse is the prospect that an Islamic terrorist could slip into the refugee flow to America with the huge increase in the number of refugees coming from Syria, Iraq and Somalia.

However, for the first time in the almost 9 years I’ve written this blog, there is a little window of hope that the Refugee Admissions Program could be dramatically altered if President Donald Trump does half of what he says he will do (and Congress does its job of reviewing the entire program).

If Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders are elected President, this program will continue on steroids. There will be no reform.

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Here are ten points slightly modified, but essentially the same as I sent to the State Department 4 years ago.

 

Ten Reasons there should be no refugees resettled in the US in FY2017—instead a moratorium should be put in place until the program is reformed (or abolished), the economy completely recovers, and we are assured that security screening will protect us.

Why?

1)    Refugees take jobs that low-skilled Americans and teens need. The program was never meant to be simply a way to import impoverished people to the US and place them on an already overtaxed welfare system. Those that do find work are taking jobs that American citizens need.

2)  The program has become a cash cow for various ‘religious’ organizations and other contractors who very often appear to care more about the next group of refugees coming in (and the cash that comes with each one) than the group they resettled only a few months earlier. Stories of refugees suffering throughout the US are rampant.

Indeed, there is no accountability for the billions of tax payer dollars going to the program. Short of a complete halt to resettlement-by-contractor, taxpayers should be protected by legally requiring financial audits of contractors and subcontractors on an annual basis.

3)   Terrorist organizations have threatened to use the program that still clearly has many failings in the security screening system.  Indeed consideration should be given to halting the resettlement of Muslims altogether.  Also, the UN should have no role in choosing refugees for the US.  There is no reason we can’t make the decision about who we want to ‘welcome’ to America without UN meddling.

4)    The public is not confident that screenings for potential terrorists (#3) or the incidences of other types of fraudulent entry are being properly and thoroughly investigated and stopped.  When fraud is uncovered—either fraud to enter the country or illegal activity once the refugee has been resettled—punishment should be immediate deportation.

5)    Congress has not specifically disallowed the use of the refugee program for other purposes of the US Government, especially using certain refugee populations to address other foreign policy objectives—Uzbeks, Kosovars, Meshketians, Syrians, Iraqis, Somalis, and Bhutanese (Nepalese) people come to mind.

6)    The State Department and the ORR have so far failed to adequately determine and report (and track once the refugee has been admitted) the myriad communicable and costly-to-treat diseases entering the country with the refugee population. Refugees suffering from serious (and expensive) mental health issues should be screened-out.

7)  There is no process for alerting communities to the impending arrival of refugees that includes reports from the federal government (with local input) about the social and economic impact a certain new group of refugees will have on a city or town. Such a report should be presented to the public through public hearings and the local government must have an opportunity to say ‘no.’

8)  The federal government should not be acting as head-hunter for corporations (like the meatpackers!). Congress needs to investigate and specifically disallow any connection between this program and big businesses looking for cheap and captive labor.

9)  If Congress and the President determine we must have some refugee program, a mechanism should be established that would help a refugee go home if he or she is unhappy or simply can’t make it in America. 

10) If during a moratorium, the Congress and the President decide that a refugee program of some sort is needed, the VOLAG system should be completely abolished and the program should be run by state agencies with accountability to the public through their state legislatures. The system as presently constituted is surely unconstitutional.  (One of many benefits of turning the program over to a state agency is to break up the government/contractor employee revolving door that is being demonstrated now at both the State Department and ORR.)

For these reasons and more, the Refugee admissions program should be placed on hold and a serious effort made by Congress to either scrap the whole thing or reform it during the moratorium.  My recommendation for 2017 is to stop the program now.

The Office of the President/US State Department could indeed ask for Congressional hearings to review the Refugee Act of 1980-–more than three decades is time enough to see its failings and determine if reauthorization is feasible or if a whole new law needs to be written.

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Testimony to US State Department from Elena in Montana

Posted by Ann Corcoran on May 18, 2016

Editor: This is another copy of testimony submitted in response to my offer to post testimony that readers have sent, or are sending, to the US State Department before May 19th.  Your testimony can be long or short, more detailed or less so.  Just send something!  And, then be sure to copy it to your elected officials.

Less than 24 hours left to get something in to the US State Department!

From Elena:

To Whom It May Concern:

I am opposed to any expansion of the refugee population in this country. I reside in Missoula Montana where a new International Rescue Committee Office is scheduled to open. To my knowledge there has been no formal refugee integration plan. I asked one of the Missoula County Commissioners, who signed a letter welcoming the refugees, when would the Reception and Placement (R & P) Abstract be available to the public? She had no clue as to what I was talking about.

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According to a recent local paper article, what was initially promised has already changed.

Here is what the Missoula Independent was now reporting:

“When the IRC’s request was approved, the prospect that refugees placed in Missoula would actually originate from Middle Eastern countries such as Syria seemed slim, as Syrians make up a small portion of those currently entering the United States.

However, IRC officials now say resettlement of Syrians appears more likely. Most refugees who relocate to the U.S. are placed with relatives, but Missoula’s fledgling program will likely draw from the roughly 30 percent of all arriving refugees who don’t have U.S. family ties.”

We have seen nothing in writing that provides any of the following information:

A list of the countries from which the refugees will come:

Health Care Access and Refugees with Special Needs:

Public Outreach:

Employment Services:

Housing:

Educational Services (language):

Also unknown are details regarding how long they would remain on Federal subsidies and what happens when those subsidies end?

There’s a major difference between “immigrants” and “refugees”. Both don’t even come near to being similar to those coming to America in the 19th and 20th centuries. Back then their first stop was Ellis Island and they had to have a sponsor. Today they seem to be colonizing rather than integrating and accepting our culture and government.

Lastly, if the refugee resettlement in Europe and Australia is any indication of what we in America can expect, then we better take a long and hard look at ANY resettlement program and plans.

This is the ninth testimony in our series leading up to the deadline for testimony at 5 p.m. on May 19th. Go here for where they are archived. We are posting as many as we can because we know the US State Department has refused in the past to make them public (so much for Obama transparency!).

Because I have so many of your testimonies, I promise to continue to post them even after the deadline has passed.

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Less than 24 hours left to send your comments to the US State Department!

Posted by Ann Corcoran on May 18, 2016

First, many apologies to all of you who thought I meant I would send your comments to the State Department.  I don’t think they would like that very much!   I offered merely to publish them here at RRW after (or even before) you send them in so that they would not completely disappear down a black hole and so that others would know that they are not alone.

So, here below, as suggested by another reader, is a very clear line about where to send them by 5 p.m. tomorrow May 19th!

Persons wishing to submit written comments on the appropriate size and scope of the FY 2017 U.S. Refugee Admissions Program should submit them by 5 p.m. on Thursday, May 19, 2016 via email to PRM-Comments@state.gov or fax (202) 453-9393.

For all of you who don’t know what we are talking about, go back to this post for a complete discussion. HOWEVER, I JUST NOW NOTICED THAT THE FEDERAL REGISTER NOTICE HAS THE WRONG DATES IN IT! I’ve written to the State Department for clarification! [update May 19th: we did hear from the State Department and they admitted they had made an error! You have until 5 p.m. today to get your testimony submitted.]

And, thanks to all who sent comments to me.  I am still in the process of reading them all and getting them posted. Needless to say, I had no idea that so many of you would take the time to write.

All of the testimony we have posted so far and other information on this important opportunity is archived here.

 

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Two days left to send testimony to the US State Department

Posted by Ann Corcoran on May 17, 2016

You have until 5 p.m. on Thursday to send testimony to the US State Department about what you think the “size and scope” of the US Refugee Admissions Program should be in FY2017.

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Simon Henshaw is the right hand man of Anne Richard. Tell him you want transparency! All testimony should be made public!

‘Size and scope’ means how many should we admit (Obama has already said he wants 100,000) and where should they come from.  See here.

My apologies……

I realized from some ‘testimony’ I have received that I was not clear in this post and some of you thought I would submit your testimony to the State Department.  I can’t do that.  I was only offering to re-produce (post) your testimony on these pages because we know the State Department has in the past refused to make any of it public.

They use the privacy excuse, but what I really want to see is what the federal resettlement contractors (the big nine) are telling the State Dept., and those should be made public because they are essentially government agencies operating mostly on taxpayer dollars.

Please send in testimony.  I have reproduced below the Federal Register Notice.  Then you can send your testimony to me at refugeewatcher@gmail.com (with the word ‘testimony’ in the subject line). (I am still plowing through the testimonies I have received.)

However, please be polite, after reviewing carefully some I have gotten, I apologize but I can’t publish a few (no threats please!).

Click here to read what I have posted so far.

And, last but not least, send your testimony to all of your elected officials, especially your two US Senators and your Congressman! Tell them you want all testimony made public.  Heck, they write the laws, not the State Department! 

Federal Register Notice:

The United States actively supports efforts to provide protection, assistance, and durable solutions for refugees. The U.S. Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP) is a critical component of the United States’ overall refugee protection efforts around the globe. In Fiscal Year 2016, the President established the ceiling for refugee admissions into the United States at 85,000 refugees.

As we begin to prepare the FY 2017 U.S. Refugee Admission Program, we welcome the public’s input. Information about the Program can be found at http://www.state.gov/g/prm/. Persons wishing to submit written comments on the appropriate size and scope of the FY 2016 U.S. Refugee Admissions Program should submit them by 5 p.m. on Thursday, May 19, 2015 via email to PRM-Comments@state.gov or fax (202) 453-9393.Show citation box

If you have questions about submitting written comments, please contact Delicia Spruell, PRM/Admissions Program Officer atspruellda@state.gov.

 

Simon Henshaw,

Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration, Department of State.

[FR Doc. 2016-09267 Filed 4-20-16; 8:45 am]

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Testimony to the US State Department from Mark in Pennsylvania

Posted by Ann Corcoran on May 16, 2016

Editor: This is another copy of testimony submitted in response to my offer to post testimony that readers have sent, or are sending, to the US State Department before May 19th.  Your testimony can be long or short, more detailed or less so.  Just send something!  And, then be sure to copy it to your elected officials.

I’m sure readers will agree with most of what Mark says….even if you don’t agree with his primary reason!

 To Whom It May Concern:

As a citizen of the United States of America, I am writing to give input on the FY 2017 U.S. Refugee Admission Program.

I strongly object to the Program’s pattern of admitting people from countries with languages, cultures and religions that are completely at odds to the current and predominant American language, cultures and religions.

What is being done to the North African, Middle Eastern, and Asian refugees in bringing them to the USA is INHUMANE! The lifestyle in which they are used to living is so radically different from the lifestyles that dominate the American scene. They are being traumatized unnecessarily!

As a clinical social worker, I do therapy with people who have been traumatized by various events. I see and hear the hurt and anguish that they experience on a daily basis. It is not fair to the refugees to bring them to a country that is so foreign to their way of life.

Why is the Federal Government and the various Federal contractors continuing to torture these poor refugees by forcing them into such a radically different environment after they have already experienced such trauma by having to leave their homes and peoples?

Why aren’t these desperate refugees being relocated in countries that are similar to the ones which they are fleeing?

If they come from somewhere in North Africa, surely there is another location in North Africa that is relatively peaceful. If they are fleeing from a region in Asia, surely there is another part of Asia that is not under such strife where they can be easily resettled.

We are now reading about refugees who are asking to return to their homelands because they have not been able to adjust to the European or American environments in which they have been placed. In Europe, some countries have even started paying for their return trips home! What an unnecessary waste of limited financial resources! Don’t bring them to such foreign places in the beginning!

We must avoid such unnecessary trauma on these already devastated adults and children.

I am particularly concerned about the Muslim refugees being exposed to the inherent racism and Islamophobia of American culture, as noted by the Obama administration. Why are these individuals being placed in such dangerous circumstances? Shouldn’t they be placed in predominantly Muslim countries where they will be able to easily assimilate and where they will not be in danger from Islamophobes?

In conclusion, as a clinical social worker I am writing out of concern for the refugees who are already traumatized within their own homelands who are being subjected to further trauma by being forced to relocate in a country that is so completely different from their country of origin. This is all so completely unnecessary! This is all so UNFAIR! Please do not bring any more refugees to the racist and Islamophobic USA! Resettle the refugees in another country that is as close as possible to their current language, culture, and religion. By doing so, you will be helping to preserve what little sanity these traumatized refugees retain and helping them start on the road to healing within a generation.

Thank you for listening.

In the spirit of compassion for the refugees,

By the way, because there are refugees who come to America who subsequently become very disillusioned, we have proposed a ‘repatriation fund’ which would pay their airfare back to their home country. In most cases refugees are trapped here because they simply can’t afford the return ticket.

‘Islamophobia’ is a genuine fear based on copious evidence coming to us from all corners of the world.

This is the eighth testimony in our series leading up to the deadline for testimony on May 19th. Go here for where they are archived. We are posting as many as we can because we know the US State Department has refused in the past to make them public (so much for Obama transparency!).

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Have Reno’s elected officials seen document setting up refugee plan for their city?

Posted by Ann Corcoran on May 16, 2016

….And, if so, have they shared the document with the general public, the taxpaying citizens?

Dear readers, do not be deterred by the length of this post—this is some of the most important information you need to know if you are in a target community!

In Refugee industry parlance, it is called an “R & P Abstract” and every town that will be ‘welcoming’ refugees for FY2017 has prepared one, or is in the process of preparing one, to be sent to Washington.

It will be the document on which their federal funding will be based!

And, here is the kicker—I will bet a buck that most elected officials (let alone the citizens!) in the targeted towns have never seen the Abstract which lays out the plan in great detail.  It tells how many refugees are coming and from where. It tells what amenities your town is offering by way of medical care, subsidized housing, schools for the kids and where the refugees might find employment.

Mayor Hillary Schieve

Reno Mayor Hillary Schieve originally had concerns about refugee seeding in Reno, but according to the refugee resettlement contractor’s report to Washington, she is now on board.

It has been our contention ever since we became aware of these closely held documents that citizens are entitled to know what the resettlement contractor is offering up in their cities and towns. 

After I wrote about yet another new resettlement site the other day—Reno, Nevada—I came across the R & P Abstract that has apparently been in the possession (since at least last November) of a reporter who is on the side of MORE refugees to Nevada.

If you live in Reno, or its surrounding communities, and have concerns, you should go to the mayor and ask her to produce the R & P Abstract drafted by the Northern Nevada International Center (NNIC) which will be working as a subcontractor for the US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI). Ask her to hold a public hearing on it!

If NNIC was giving its “proprietary document” to friendly reporters back in November, surely the citizens of Reno are entitled to see it!  Again, I will bet the mayor and other elected officials in Reno have not seen the plan for their city!

[Pay attention citizens of Rutland, VT, there is a document just like this one for your city too! It lays out what your town is offering the refugees!]

Here (below) is a screenshot of the front page of the Reno document.  The abbreviations for where the FIRST 75 refugees for Reno will come from are as follows:  AF (Africa), EA (East Asia), ECA (Europe and Central Asia), LAC (Latin America/Caribbean), NE/SA (Near East/South Asia). Tie capacity indicates whether they have any relatives in the area.

Page 2 of the 16-page document lists the following countries from which they will come: Colombia, Cuba, Dem. Rep. of Congo, Iraq, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Syria.

 

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Here is some of the text, just to give you an idea of the detail involved in R & P Abstracts (this one is 16 pages long!):

Health Care Access and Refugees with Special Needs:

The Northern Nevada International Center (NNIC) will be able to accommodate refugees with special needs through the wide range of services available in Reno and Sparks. Housing for families with over 8 members may be difficult to secure. Wheelchair-accessible housing is available, but such housing would require additional time to access. Although Reno is home to many free and low-cost clinics and health resources, NNIC will need additional time to ensure that timely and culturally appropriate mental health services are available before accepting clients with serious mental health conditions.

Public Outreach:

NNIC has a long history of collaborating with local, county and state officials through its public diplomacy, language services, and educational outreach programs. NNIC serves as the link for community members interested in international affairs and programs, and assists visitors and newcomers to the community. The City of Reno Mayor,Hillary Schieve, as well as the City Manager’s Office, are supportive of NNIC’s efforts to establish a refugee resettlement program. NNIC has also consulted with the Washoe County School District, the Washoe County Health Department, and other local service providers,and all have enthusiastically supported NNIC’s application to become a resettlement affiliate. NNIC also has the full support of the University of Nevada, Reno.

Employment Services:

The Reno-Sparks economy is well known for its hospitality and leisure sector, with seven large casino-hotels employing 9,500-13,000 people. It is also home to the University of Nevada, the single largest employer in the county (after the school district), employing over 4,500 Full Time Equivalents (FTEs). The Truckee Meadows Community College also employs 1,250 educators and staff. Two major hospitals (Renown and St Mary’s) and other large healthcare providers in the areas employ over 3,500 healthcare professionals, technicians, and staff. The location – four hours by highway to San Francisco, and seven hours to Salt Lake City – is also logistics hub, hosting many warehousing and fulfillment establishments including UPS (1,000 employees), and Amazon.com (650 employees). Tesla is slated to open its “Gigafactory” outside of Sparks in 2017. By 2020, the Gigafactory will be at full capacity, employing 6,500 FTEs and producing more lithium ion batteries annually (for electric cars, for example) than were produced worldwide in 2013.

Housing

Average apartment rental prices in Reno are very affordable, and well maintained units are readily available. NNIC has worked with Board members and University contacts to build relationships with area property managers. Housing will be sought primarily (but not exclusively) in areas where the school district has established ESL for newcomer and intake centers. Two middle schools and three high schools are currently designated to assist immigrant children to more easily phase into regular classes. The Reno Housing Authority (RHA) provides affordable housing to clients in seven different locations in Reno and Sparks. Public housing units are available for both singles and families and the majority are handicapped accessible.

 

Here is a page indicating the tiny bit of private money that NNIC is offering up for its share of the supposed public/private partnership. It is offering $133 per refugee and that includes volunteer hours counted as cash!

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Then get this, there are many letters of support attached, but the one that caught my eye was this one from the Northern Nevada Muslim Community.  So, why is their endorsement so important?

 

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So, for citizens who might be forming a ‘Pocket of Resistance’ in Reno, first call the mayor, Hillary Schieve, and ask her to produce (for the public) the FY 2017 R & P Abstract for Reno.

Then if you live in Nevada and want to tap into the national ‘Pocket of Resistance’ movement, write to me at refugeewatcher@gmail.com and put ‘Reno’ in the subject line so I can find your e-mail in my messy inbox.  I will put you in touch with leaders of the national movement.

For our readers nationwide, keep hammering your local refugee offices (click here) for these  R & P Abstracts—clearly they aren’t so secret if they are in the hands of friendly reporters!  (By the way, R & P stands for Reception and Placement.)

If they turn you down be sure to complain to your elected officials in Washington—make them do some work!—even if you think they are useless!  Tell them this is your money and they are changing your community and you have a right to know what the plans are!

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Testimony to the US State Department from Larry in South Carolina

Posted by Ann Corcoran on May 15, 2016

Editor: This is another copy of testimony submitted in response to my offer to post testimony that readers have sent, or are sending, to the US State Department before May 19th.  Your testimony can be long or short, more detailed or less so.  Just send something!  And, then be sure to copy it to your elected officials.

Ms. Anne C. Richard
U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration

Dear Ms. Richard:

When you finally arrived in SC we were hopeful that the administration would listen to us, engage, and respond to public sentiment about the Refugee Resettlement Program. Thank you for seeking to help them, and coming to Spartanburg, SC and other SC venues to visit.

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Anne Richard, Asst. Secretary of State for PRM. Photo and story at World Net Daily about SC Gov. Nikki Haley inviting refugees to the state. http://www.wnd.com/2015/08/nikki-haley-welcomes-muslim-refugees/

Having listened to your extended presentation of who you are and what you are doing, in despair I finally interrupted and asked how much time was allotted for this hearing. You said, “Just one hour.” With a huge chunk of that time already consumed by you and your entourage, it became clear to us that you did not come to listen but to make your “resettlement sales pitch” and check it off your to-do-list that Congress and others had requested of you, including Rep. Trey Gowdy. And off to the governor to appeal to her sympathy with her own family of immigrants from India and implore SC to sign off on the Federal and UN plan despite the railing of SC citizens. It looked like it was your campaign tour, Ms. Richard.

One striking response you gave was, “We certainly don’t want to send refugees where they are not wanted.” I say again, they are not welcomed until LARGE public hearings are held across Spartanburg County and SC and the citizens have opportunity to hear the plan and have an honest dialogue about what it should and should not look like in SC. I requested large public hearing in our meeting and I was ignored. However, your statement seems disingenuous as both the World Relief Spartanburg program rolls on and the administration’s “deceptive business practices” circumventing the majority of Carolinians and the USA, by surging forward with more refugees, and even sneaking migrant minors over to the court system to be placed with a “sponsor,” and someone thinks we are none the wiser. How do you clean up this kind of behavior so it is not called human trafficking since a lot of people are making huge amounts of money as “refugees” are shuttled in to the USA and put on the “auction block” for the VOLAGS to pick and choose? Well, at least someone has a choice.

We see the genius of American immigration when people came here who shared a passion for freedom, religious freedom, having somewhat of a common-denominator of faith, sometimes the same language, at least a compatible cross-cultural experience, and refugees who were willing to work and pay their own way and become a part of the American fabric. These made great Americans as they passionately assimilated and became US citizens. We applaud this. However, what the administration plans is not only not the same it is counter to who we are.

Ellis Island screened those who came so the USA was not a target of communicable diseases. Your screening has FAILED and is not even guaranteeing to US citizens the refugees’ health.

A trickle, then a flood of poorly-educated, non-native speaking groups of immigrants, often Muslim, have created the most chaotic enclaves our Continent has faced.The tenets of the Muslim faith and culture demand the supplanting of the receiving society’s culture and faith however long it takes. You should know this and have a moratorium on RRP until citizens are granted hearings and proposed refugees have been thoroughly vetted. Then, perhaps, there can be a cooperative effort to address this messy issue.

The sneaky, dangerous, expensive, culture-changing, community-destroying Refugee Resettlement program is on track to fundamentally change America. Isn’t this what the president has said he wants? We are not having it. That is not what America wants either. We love people and desire for refugees to be helped and settled in countries in the Middle East or Near East where there is compatibility with the refugees faith, culture and values. Dr. Ben Carson learned when visiting refugees in Jordan that the refugees really desire to return to their homeland when hostilities subside. If they come to America it is very likely this would never happen. The US could help them in the Middle East for a mere fraction of the cost of bringing them to the US.

But what of the VOLAGS? Neither the financially broke Federal, State or county governments has the resources to fund this unfeasible and unfair system forever, and the Federal government soon cuts off the flow of funds and then WE THE PEOPLE get to pay. This is patently wrong. The only justification for continuing is the president and State Department really care, have hired a lot of people and we have a legacy, program and department to protect no matter the cost. Keep this up and no matter what differences we have there will be no America left as we have known it. I do want to believe the best of you and trust that your love of America will advocate for communication, closure, as well as compassion.

This is the seventh testimony in our series  leading up to the deadline for testimony on May 19th.  Go here for where they are archived. We are posting as many as we can because we know the US State Department has refused in the past to make them public (so much for Obama transparency!).

We have many posts on the controversy involving Spartanburg, SC.  Click here to get caught up.

And, one more thing! If you are sending testimony from South Carolina, please be sure to send it to both of your US Senators and to SC Rep. Trey Gowdy.  Ask them to tell the US State Department to make all the testimony public!  

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Testimony to the US State Department from Joan in Maryland

Posted by Ann Corcoran on May 15, 2016

Editor: This is another copy of testimony submitted in response to my offer to post testimony that readers have sent, or are sending, to the US State Department before May 19th.  Your testimony can be long or short, more detailed or less so.  Just send something!  And, then be sure to copy it to your elected officials.

From Joan:

Anne Richards:

Re: FR 2016-09267

we the people

With the wave, tsunami sized, sweeping this great land of our Fathers, these United States of America are going to be subject to intense scrutiny this election year by prosecutorial legal eagles, not defense lawyer liars.

It would behoove you to start making changes that make sense to normal thinking people about what happens to their money, their families, their communities, their region and their country. Give it up to the States, the Governors and back off the Feds and UN.

Hope you have the good sense or get the good advice that the jig is up on your UN secrecy to dysrupt, disfunction, and defend an anti-US Constitution position with respect to your latest word usage for aliens you hope to take on a fast and furious path to citizenship.

Shape up, get your program right with the people you presume to hope to convince you are right. Give it your best shot.

We The People are monster mad about your secrecy program on so many levels, I promise all are watching.

This is the sixth testimony in our series  leading up to the deadline for testimony on May 19th.  Go here for where they are archived. We are posting as many as we can because we know the US State Department has refused in the past to make them public (so much for Obama transparency!).

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Testimony to the US State Department from Carol in Virginia

Posted by Ann Corcoran on May 14, 2016

Editor: This is another copy of testimony submitted in response to my offer to post testimony that readers have sent, or are sending, to the US State Department before May 19th.  Your testimony can be long or short, more detailed or less so.  Just send something!  And, then be sure to copy it to your elected officials.

Moratorium requested on resettlement of African and Middle Eastern refugees….

From Carol:

Dear Ms. Richards

This letter is a request for a moratorium on resettling refugees in the United States from Africa and the Middle East. Americans must study the long-term effects large groups of indigent refugees will have on communities throughout the country. It would also allow state and local governments to assess their financial obligations, and how they might pay for the additional services refugees require. Alas, a significant aspect of the resettlement process eludes transparent informing-or receiving of input-from average citizens, who will be footing the bill for the continued, and in all likelihood significant, on-going services.

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One of the largest historical waves of immigration into the U.S. occurred after the Civil War, when industry was booming, and the federal government was giving away huge tracks of free land. That’s a far cry from our situation today. Taxpayers in the U.S. now owe $19+ trillion dollars, not counting future unfunded liabilities that financial experts calculate to be over $100 trillion dollars. These numbers are staggering and above the tipping point modeled by other failed economies of the past 100 years, such as Greece, Venezuela, 1920s Germany, etc. In addition, we’ve spent $22 trillion since the 1960s, to eliminate poverty in our country, without success. Now the U.S. is resettling hundreds of thousands of mostly impoverished refugees from the failed states of Africa and the Middle East, into the heartland and big cities of America. If successful assimilation is the goal, this scenario is fraught with impending failure and calamity.

Unemployment in poor and minority communities is higher than it was for the whole population during the Great Depression, and too many of our high schools have a graduation rate of 50% of the students who started out as freshmen. Many of these schools are already struggling to accommodate large numbers of non-English speaking learners. This is not the time to incorporate large numbers of severely disadvantaged people. In addition, Muslim refugees’ religious beliefs require strict obedience to the tenets of their faith. Many of these beliefs run counter to our Constitution, which will create serious long term conflict. Because these refugees home countries are in such turmoil, they have never had the opportunity to practice the essential building blocks of a dynamic democratic republic, such as respect for the Bill of Rights, the rule of law, freedom of religion, and open debate.

One of the fundamental American qualities since our founding has been flexibility. This flexibility is an essential component to how we became a world power. For much of our history, Americans have experienced the most rapid changes any culture has ever adapted to, politically, socially, economically, technologically, scholastically, and militarily. But even a culture as robust as ours can be challenged beyond its breaking point. It is that breaking point that concerns me.

Using Europe as an example, large numbers of poorly-educated, non-native speaking groups of Muslim immigrants have created the most challenges the Continent has faced since the aftermath of World War II. We must learn from their example.

The State Department and the United Nations should encourage Muslim countries to accept these refugees, or to establish decent refugee camps, until the conflicts end. The U.S. is no longer able to solve all the world’s problems. Muslim refugees moving to Muslim countries would at least find social and religious compatibility. Unlike our country, for we are in the midst of rapidly changing moral codes.

In closing, I must emphatically state how difficult I believe these refugees lives are. Each of them may well be heroes and heroines. Yet I do not think two wrongs make a right. It is a wrong that their home countries cannot settle their differences. It is also wrong to try and integrate them into our country which poses a serious breakdown to our successful social cohesion.

I urge the State Department to have a moratorium on receiving Muslim refugees from Africa and the Middle East. American citizens must study and discuss the long-term effects large groups of indigent refugees will have on their communities, their taxes, public school education, then decide for themselves how to shape their future.

This is the fifth testimony in our series  leading up to the deadline for testimony on May 19th.  Go here for where they are archived. We are posting as many as we can because we know the US State Department has refused in the past to make them public (so much for Obama transparency!).

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Testimony to the US State Department from California reader: our ship is sinking

Posted by Ann Corcoran on May 14, 2016

Editor: This is another copy of testimony submitted in response to my offer to post testimony that readers have sent, or are sending, to the US State Department before May 19th.  Your testimony can be long or short, more detailed or less so.  Just send something!  And, then be sure to copy it to your elected officials.

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A Los Angeles protester tells us what they think. Photo: https://elliotlakenews.wordpress.com/2015/05/16/why-give-up-your-nation/

From California reader:

To Whom It May Concern;

I am opposed to any expansion of the refugee population in this country. I think the seeding of refugees leads to more trouble on Americans who are already overburdened by crime, over population caused by expanding refugee, illegal immigrants and illegal immigrant’s births. Besides crime and a drain on taxpayers for free programs and the like, the sprawl of the settlements has drastically reduced the productive acreage necessary to support our crops.

Too many passengers will sink a ship. The great America our ancestors struggled to create is near sinking. Stop the flood of refugees and illegal immigrants. Everyone would do better to receive our aid while they remain in their own countries and NOT here!

This is the fourth testimony in our series  leading up to the deadline for testimony on May 19th.  Go here for where they are archived. We are posting as many as we can because we know the US State Department has refused in the past to make them public (so much for Obama transparency!).

 

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