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1,830 refugees arrived in the US in first month of FY19, welcomed by 43 states

Posted by Ann Corcoran on November 1, 2018

In the first month of Fiscal Year 2019, Trump’s State Department admitted its initial group of refugees, mostly UN-selected, toward its proposed cap of 30,000 for resettlement  this year.

They are being quietly distributed to approximately 170 towns and cities.

If the DOS kept this same pace, 1,830 a month, we would come in just under 22,000 for the year that ends September 30, 2019.   In fiscal year 2018, we admitted 22,491 as the final number. (These numbers do not include the thousands granted asylum each month or the Special Immigrant visa entries who mostly come from Iraq and Afghanistan and get the same benefits as the regular DOS refugees.)

Here (below) is where they went (from Wrapsnet).

Washington state gets the honor of being the number one welcoming state for the month.

 

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1,615, or 88%, came from 4 countries:  DR Congo (608), Eritrea (358), Ukraine (345), and Burma (304).

362 of the total 1,830 are Muslims of one sect or another with the largest number 126 from Burma.  Those would most likely be Rohingya Muslims.

This post is filed in two categories for your future reference:  Refugee statistics and Where to find information.

 

 

Posted in Changing the way we live, Muslim refugees, Reforms needed, Refugee Resettlement Program, Refugee statistics, Rohingya Reports, Trump, Where to find information | Tagged: , | 3 Comments »

We are still taking ‘refugees’ from safe countries

Posted by Ann Corcoran on October 13, 2018

Every so often I check out the Processing Country data at the Refugee Processing Center (Wrapsnet) maintained by the US State Department.

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More frequently I report to you about the nationalities entering the US, but processing country data is very different.

From processing country data, we learn in which countries supposed ‘refugees’ are processed in to the US, but we don’t learn where they came from before they arrived in that country.

I first became aware of this about ten years ago when I noticed that illegal aliens, who arrived by boat at the tiny island nation of Malta in the Mediterranean, were being sent to the US as refugees. (See my explanation of refugees vs. asylum here yesterday.)

What!!!  Malta is a safe country in the EU, anyone arriving there claiming to be a refugee by seeking asylum must apply there, not be packed off to the US.

I have a huge file on Malta where this legally questionable movement of mostly Africans to your towns was put in place during the administration of George W. Bush and continues through today.

We are doing the same with Israel and South Africa where migrants get in to those countries from elsewhere (seeking asylum) and we help those governments out by taking some of their excess off their hands.

Heck, we have our own problem on our southern border where illegal aliens cross by the tens of thousands and then ask for asylum.

Are we going to ask Malta, South Africa and Israel to take a few of our excess asylum seekers?  (Don’t laugh!)

Here (below) is the end of the fiscal year data table for Processing Country.  I’m posting this now because it will disappear by the beginning of November.

Again, just so you know we are not taking Maltese people, South Africans or Israelis to America, the numbers represented here are people from elsewhere who got in to those three countries and are unwanted by those three countries.

 

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Notice the numbers for Papua New Guinea and Nauru.  Those are the Australian rejected asylum seekers we are taking off Australia’s hands in the same possibly illegal manner.

There are probably other questionable processing countries above, but the three I have highlighted are countries which I have followed closely over the years.

The Trump Administration could stop this possibly illegal use of the refugee admissions process in a heartbeat if they wanted to!  Congress would not have to be involved!

If you haven’t noticed, I have a link in the right hand corner of RRW for the White House contact information.  Please take time to express your opinion to the President.

Posted in Africa, Australia, Changing the way we live, Europe, Israel and refugees, Reforms needed, Refugee Resettlement Program, Refugee statistics, Trump, What you can do, Where to find information | Tagged: , , , , | 5 Comments »

DR Congo tops the list for highest number of refugees resettled in US in FY18

Posted by Ann Corcoran on October 8, 2018

I’ve previously reported that the African country, DR Congo, holds the distinction of being the country sending (at present) the highest number of refugees to US towns and cities.

 

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35% of the refugees who entered the US in FY18 were from the DR Congo. The UN wants us to take 50,000 total.

 

Filling Obama’s promise…..

And, I told you that Obama’s State Department promised the United Nations that the US would take 50,000 in total over five years.  We are almost there.

Since that promise was made in 2013 we have resettled 46,041 DR Congolese, placed them in 47 states with Texas being the top ‘welcoming’ state.

This years’ data….

The Refugee Processing Center data for FY18, the year that just closed, will be harder to find by next month, so I thought I should capture the numbers here for future reference.

22,491 total refugees were admitted from October 1, 2017 to September 30, 2018.  Here is where they came from:

 

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This post is filed in my ‘Where to find information’ category and in ‘Refugee Statistics.’

Previous posts on the DR Congo are here.  You probably recognize the DR Congo because it has been in the news a lot lately due to an Ebola outbreak there.

Posted in Africa, Obama, Refugee Resettlement Program, Refugee statistics, Trump, Where to find information, Who is going where | Tagged: , , , , | 10 Comments »

It’s official: US admits lowest number of refugees since Jimmy Carter’s Refugee Act signed in to law

Posted by Ann Corcoran on October 1, 2018

Yesterday ended Donald Trump’s first full fiscal year for refugee admissions as FY18 officially came to a close.

 

Trump and GW Bush

President Trump breaks the GW Bush record for the lowest refugee admissions. However, I’m going to say it over and over again—-lowering the numbers for a few years is meaningless without a serious push for robust reform of the entire US Refugee Admissions Program!

 

The previous low admission year record belongs to George Bush who put the breaks on the US Refugee Admissions Program in 2002 with 27,070 arrivals due to fear of another 9/11.

Expect the media today to make comparisons to the mythical 110,000 refugee CEILING that Obama proposed as he was walking out the door.  They never mention that their hero had a couple of low years when he admitted tens of thousands below the ceiling he had proposed (click that link above and see the chart).

 

George Bush’s home state of Texas was the top resettlement state in the nation this past year! (Turning red states blue and the Rs can’t see it!):

 

Here is a map from Wrapsnet this morning. Total for the year is 22,491.

 

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Since the numbers are hard to read, Wrapsnet has an accompanying list.

Here below are the Top Ten Welcoming States.

By the way, for most of the years I’ve been writing about the refugee program, California, New York and Florida were always at or near the top:

Texas (so much for withdrawing from the program!)

Washington

Ohio

California

New York

Arizona

North Carolina

Pennsylvania

Kentucky

Georgia

Since I know some faithful readers will be wondering, Minnesota was #11 , Michigan was #13, Florida #14, Maryland #19, Virginia #21 and Tennessee #23.

The bottom five states are below.  I always chuckle when I consider that former VP Joe Biden of Delaware was one of the pushers of the Refugee Act of 1980 and yet his own home state is near the bottom always.  In fact, 21 may be the highest number it ever ‘welcomed’ in one year!

Delaware (21)

District of Columbia (1)

West Virginia (1)

Hawaii (0)  LOL! the state the loves diversity!

Wyoming (0) the state that has wisely stayed out of the program for these last 38 years!

Inquisitive readers might want to visit Wrapsnet and play around with the data.  Click on the ‘reports’ tab and then go to ‘Interactive reporting.’  You then put in your own parameters for the search.  You can find out which towns and cities in your state received refugees.

Endnote: Since the fiscal year ended on a weekend, there could still be a few changes in the final tally.  I’ll update this report if I see that in the next few days.

Posted in Changing the way we live, Colonization, Community destabilization, Obama, Reforms needed, Refugee Resettlement Program, Refugee statistics, Trump, What you can do, Where to find information, Who is going where | Tagged: , , | 4 Comments »

Capital Research Center publishes an overview of the US Refugee Admissions Program

Posted by Ann Corcoran on September 16, 2018

Jim Simpson

James Simpson has done an outstanding job of pulling together facts about the history of how the US came to be the top refugee resettlement country in the world. Hint: It all began with the UN!

And, then in this three-part series gives readers the facts about who we are bringing to America and how much it costs us—the US taxpayer.

He begins his serialized report this way:

Resettling Refugees: An International Agenda

 

Summary: A vast network of foundations, non-profits, government entities and political organizations have a vested interest in the continued growth of the resettlement of refugees in America. Because they receive billions of dollars in federal grant money, publicly-financed, tax-exempt organizations have significant incentives to support political candidates and parties that will keep these programs alive. These organizations need to be thoroughly audited and the current network of public/private immigrant advocacy and resettlement organizations needs to be completely overhauled. Resettling refugees should be a voluntary, genuinely charitable activity, removing all the perverse incentives government funding creates.

The refugee resettlement program is popular with many policymakers. It enjoys bipartisan support in Congress and state houses because it supplies low-wage, low skill labor that many big businesses crave, while enabling supporters to embrace “diversity” and thus avoid the Left’s favorite attacks and mischaracterizations: “bigot,” “racist,” “xenophobe,” “Islamophobe,” etc. This faux-moralizing on the Left stifles a necessary conversation our nation sorely needs. Meanwhile, the Left’s true motive is to import ever more people from third-world nations that are likely to become reliable Democrat voters once they achieve citizenship.

Under the Trump presidency, the United States’ refugee resettlement has been temporarily reduced, but by no means curtailed. A change in administration could resuscitate it overnight. There are many objectionable aspects of this program, not the least of which is finding resources to fund this enormous undertaking. The difficulty associated with assessing the true costs of the programs key to resettling refugees presents another obstacle to policymakers at every level of government.

Continue reading here for a history of the program.

Then here is Part II:

It is important for readers to know that although we most often talk about the actual Refugee admissions numbers, there are tens of thousands more considered ‘refugees’ by the US government for the purpose of providing federal dollars for their care as they become ‘New Americans.’

Resettling Refugees: Who’s Coming to America?

According to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS), refugees are:

[P]eople who have been persecuted or fear they will be persecuted on account of race, religion, nationality, and/or membership in a particular social group or political opinion.

This mirrors the U.N. definition established at the 1951 U.N. Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees and the 1967 Protocol Relating to the Status of Refugees. It is important to note here, however, that under these definitions, “individuals who have crossed an international border fleeing generalized violence are not considered refugees.” This includes large numbers of people who are regularly resettled anyway, for example some of the Syrians fleeing that country’s conflict, and most—if not all Somalis.

Those who meet the definition include:

~refugees (those seeking protection in the United States who are not already in the country),

~asylum seekers or asylees (those who apply for asylum after coming to the U.S.),

~Cuban/Haitian Entrants,

~Special Immigrant Visas (SIV) and

~trafficking Victims.

The Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC) program is also administered by the Office of Refugee Resettlement, although UACs do not meet the definition of “refugee.”

Table I below provides up-to-date estimates for each category.

Get a load of these numbers!

 

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The table shows that this category of legal entry to the US is a much bigger problem than the one we usually discuss on these pages which is the Refugee column.

Don’t miss the total admitted in the last full year of the Obama presidency—269,491!

But, see that the Trump Administration is presiding over the arrival of a huge number (higher than Obama’s welcome!) of Special Immigrant Visa holders from Iraq and Afghanistan.

Continue here.

And, last but not least! You really need to read the whole thing yourself, but prepare to be sick when you see how many millions of dollars are flowing out of the US Treasury to hundreds of non-profits who are in one way or another in the business of bringing in and then spreading refugees and other migrants around the US while lobbying for ever higher admissions numbers (aka paying clients!).

Part III is here

Resettling Refugees: Social and Economic Costs

Simpson begins with the usual nine federal contractors, but that is only the tip of the iceberg!

Federal Refugee Resettlement Grants

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Think about this!  Earlier this year Church World Service and the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society helped organize this protest against the President. Combined, those two refugee contractors consumed $620 million taxpayer dollars in the last ten years.  Why are we paying for this? https://refugeeresettlementwatch.wordpress.com/2018/01/28/church-world-service-and-hias-join-cair-to-protest-at-white-house/

The nine VOLAGs, their many affiliates, and unaccompanied alien children contractors all receive funding from the federal government to resettle the various refugee categories. As mentioned earlier, unaccompanied alien children do not meet the definition of “refugee,” however their resettlement is managed through the Office of Refugee Resettlement and they are included when calculating the total cost of the overall program.

Most funding comes in the form of grants. Prime awards are grants directly from the federal government to the state or the contractor. Sub-awards are those given to contractors by other contractors or state governments that received the prime grant. They are left out to avoid double counting. Table III below enumerates prime grants to VOLAGs and unaccompanied alien children contractors for refugee resettlement and related programs. Some of the VOLAGs, for example the Ethiopian Community Development Council, focus almost entirely on refugee resettlement. Others, like the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, International Rescue Committee, and World Relief Corporation of the National Association of Evangelicals, have a broader mission.

Of the latter, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is the largest. As Table III shows, in FY 2018 USCCB received $47.7 million for resettlement purposes. However, USCCB participates in other federal grant programs and that year received a total of $363.9 million from the federal government.

Here is a chart you need to keep handy. Prepare to be sick!

Billions of dollars have flowed to the refugee contractors in the last ten years alone!

 

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The nine major contractors (VOLAGS) that monopolize the US Refugee Admissions Program are these:

Church World Service (CWS)
Ethiopian Community Development Council (ECDC) (secular)
Episcopal Migration Ministries (EMM) (DFMS is its other name)
Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS)
International Rescue Committee (IRC) (secular)
Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS)
US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) (secular)
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB)
World Relief Corporation (WR)

Thanks to Jim Simpson for letting us know just how much each is being paid from the US Treasury!

Please, please take time to read the rest of Part III, it is stunning the amount of your money being distributed to non-profits who then act as political agitation groups!

And, these dollars do not include the cost of welfare, education, medical care, housing, etc. that you pay for!

Tell the White House to reform the whole program and begin by getting rid of middlemen federal contractors!

This is no way to run a government!

Posted in Changing the way we live, Colonization, Community destabilization, Reforms needed, Refugee Resettlement Program, Refugee statistics, The Opposition, Trump, What you can do, Where to find information | Tagged: , | 6 Comments »

Australia’s rejected asylum seekers arriving as refugees in the US don’t show up in State Department’s data, or do they?

Posted by Ann Corcoran on September 8, 2018

Manus Island refugees

330 of these mostly single Muslim men held in detention by Australia have been placed in American towns and cities during Donald Trump’s presidency.  Trump said we would take up to 1,250 (processing is continuing) that Australia will not allow on its mainland.

 

Every few months I have a look at the “Processing Country Map” provided by Wrapsnet (The US State Department’s Refugee Processing Center).

The new map is posted usually on the fifth of the month for the previous months of the present fiscal year (in this case FY18).

The processing country is the location where the ‘refugee’ goes through his or her paperwork processing and security screening.  We are not told what nationality they are.

One is left guessing about who exactly is coming in from that country.

The latest map is below.  You can find it here yourself (click on this: Map Arrivals by Processing Country and Nationality as of August 31, 2018) and you might want to look at it because it is accompanied by a table which gives exact numbers for each processing country.

For example, it lists Malaysia (a Muslim country) as having processed 1,443 ‘refugees’ in to the US this year.  Those aren’t Malaysians, but likely a large number are Rohingya Muslims from Burma who have been illegally entering Malaysia over the last few years.  They should be Malaysia’s problem, not ours.

Here is the map…

Processing country map Aug 18

When you look at this map and see the countries where we are processing refugees consider how much fraud could be being perpetrated on America.

 

 

Let’s talk about some of the questionable processing countries.

But, first, I had been wondering for months why the rejects from Australia (the “dumb” Obama deal that Trump is honoring) weren’t showing up as being processed by Australia. Ah ha! Here they are!  234 were processed by Nauru and 96 in Papua New Guinea.

A total of 330 failed asylum seekers to Australia are now living in Yourtown, USA! 

These were Australia’s problems not ours! (See my Australia deal file here.)

Other questionable processing locations are these:

Israel (133):  Why are we taking any refugees from the prosperous country of Israel?  If asylum seekers from Africa arrived there they should be given a thumbs up or down from Israel, not shuffled off to Yourtown, USA as a ‘refugee.’

El Salvador (624):  What the heck! I thought the Trump Administration ended the illegal pick up of migrants from El Salvador that Obama had initiated.

Costa Rica (56):  Who are these people (what nationality) and again why are Costa Rica’s migrant issues our concern.

Pakistan (409):   There are a few Christians coming out of Pakistan, but no where near 409. So who are these Muslims we feel compelled to resettle from a Muslim country?

Aquarious cargo

When you see images of Mediterranean ‘rescue’ ships, remember that some of these migrants who get to Malta are coming to the US as your new neighbors!

Malta (128):  I have dozens of posts on Malta going back ten years.  When I first heard of the resettlement Bush began from Malta, I was infuriated.

Malta is a safe European country but unfortunately its location in the Mediterranean made it a primary target for migrant ‘rescue’ boats which were bringing Africans and Middle Easterners to Europe by the hundreds of thousands.

So guess what! We kindly allowed some of those African illegal aliens to be passed along by Malta to Yourtown, USA.

Europe’s illegals are not our problem, but even Trump is continuing this questionable practice.

South Africa (128):  So who the heck are they?

SA is the Rainbow Nation, right?  Why does the State Department data base not tell us which nationalities are not being ‘welcomed’ in SA?  Why are we taking migrants who got in to SA from elsewhere in Africa and bringing them to America?  We know from past reporting that many are Somalis (if you didn’t know, black South Africans are xenophobic)!  Why is that our problem?

Although, as I said, there may be a way to find out which nationalities are being processed in these countries, I can’t find it.

But, I did a check to see how many South African citizens we have resettled in the last 11 months and the answer is 1 (one Christian).

Donald Trump could do more!

The choice of which countries we work through to process refugees is a choice that is made through the US State Department and the UN.  As I have said repeatedly the US Refugee Admissions Program must be completely overhauled by Congress.

Meanwhile, however, the President can do a lot administratively and one thing he could do is to reassess where we pick up ‘refugees’ around the world!

This post is filed in my ‘Where to find information’ category, you might check it out from time to time.

 

 

Posted in Europe, Muslim refugees, Reforms needed, Refugee Resettlement Program, Refugee statistics, Trump, Where to find information, Who is going where | Tagged: , , | 10 Comments »

Trump Administration likely to come in at half the number of refugees they had signaled could be admitted

Posted by Ann Corcoran on September 2, 2018

In September of last year, the Trump Administration set the CEILING for refugee admissions at 45,000 for the fiscal year that began October 1, 2017.

As of the last day of August the number actually admitted so far is 19,899. 

Trump and Bush

Previously George Bush held the record for the lowest number of refugee admitted to the US. President Trump is set to break that record.

That would be an average monthly admissions rate of 1,809 for FY18. Assuming that rate continues (although August was below average at 1,685), total admissions for the year will come in at less than 22,000 for the entire fiscal year.

I looked around to see if I saw any anti-Trump screeches from the federal refugee contractors***,  but not so far. Maybe they are all at the beach.

Here (below) is a map from Wrapsnet showing where this year’s ‘New Americans’ were placed.

See how ‘welcoming’ your state has been this year!

Hint! Texas and Ohio top the list!

Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Changing the way we live, Colonization, Community destabilization, Muslim refugees, Reforms needed, Refugee Resettlement Program, Refugee statistics, The Opposition, Trump, Trump Watch!, What you can do, Where to find information, Who is going where | Tagged: , | 5 Comments »

Two months to go in fiscal year and Trump on target to admit lowest number of refugees to US in decades

Posted by Ann Corcoran on August 2, 2018

As of August 1, the US admitted 18,251 refugees to the country with 48 states sharing the load.

Trump and Bush

George Bush previously held the record for low admission years following 9/11.   https://refugeeresettlementwatch.wordpress.com/2018/04/03/trump-on-pace-to-break-bush-record-of-lowest-refugee-resettlement-numbers-since-1980-law-enacted/

There are only two months left in the fiscal year (FY19 begins October first) and at the present rate, the Trump Administration should come in just over 22,000.

Previous low admission years came in the wake of 9/11 when President Bush dramatically slowed the program out of concerns for national security.

Here is a map from Wrapsnet of where the 18,251 have been placed thus far.

Note that Texas is the numero uno ‘welcoming’ state even though the governor officially withdrew the state from the program (shows how futile that was!).  Turning the red state blue!

(See my right hand sidebar where I have recorded each month’s number of ‘new Americans’ this fiscal year.)

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map august 2018

Wyoming has never had a refugee program and Hawaii (the state that loves diversity) rarely gets any!

Posted in Refugee Resettlement Program, Refugee statistics, Trump, Trump Watch!, Where to find information, Who is going where | Tagged: , | 5 Comments »

Nine months in to fiscal year, Trump could break record low number of refugees admitted to US

Posted by Ann Corcoran on July 1, 2018

George W. Bush held the previous record low refugee admission years 27,070 in 2002 and 28,117 in 2003—following the national shock of 9/11.

Trump and GW bush smirk

Unless Donald Trump puts refugee program in to high gear in coming months, he will set the record for the lowest resettlement year since the Refugee Act of 1980 was signed in to law by JIMMY CARTER.  GW Bush held previous record.

But, Donald Trump, if the present rate continues, could come in as low as 21,000-22,000 admissions before the fiscal year ends on September 30th.

Readers will recall that the President set the CEILING for this fiscal year at 45,000.

However, before you celebrate, remember that lowering the numbers for a few years is not enough, the US Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP) must be reformed at its very basic level (requiring Congress!) or once President Trump is no longer in office the program will simply go in to overdrive as the Open Borders advocates and resettlement contractors attempt to make up for what they will see as lost time in changing America by changing the people.

Read the rest of this entry »

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Refugee admission numbers tick slightly upward for May; Texas and Ohio top the list

Posted by Ann Corcoran on June 1, 2018

As you know we track the monthly refugee admissions numbers at the US State Department affiliate we call simply Wrapsnet.

In a few days we will also check the list for incoming Iraq and Afghanistan so-called special immigrant visa holders.  Their numbers have been helping keep paying client numbers up for the federal contractors, the Volags, whose budgets are built around numbers of incoming refugees via a per head payment.

President Trump set the ceiling for the fiscal year (2018) back in September of 2017 at 45,000.  That number is a ceiling, a cap, and not a target that has to be reached.  We are way below the pace to reach 45,000.

This past month, May, we admitted 2,132 which is above the monthly average of 1,741 for the previous 7 months.  23,000 could now be considered a reasonable final number when the fiscal year ends on September 30th (assuming the stepped up pace holds).

Below is a map from Wrapsnet of where the 14,321 have been placed so far.

Top ten ‘welcoming’ states in descending order are: Texas, Ohio, New York, California, Washington, Arizona, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Minnesota, and Kentucky.

 

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Numbers are hard to read, nothing I can do about that!

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