US refugee resettlement contractors surviving for now on “leftover” federal dollars

We reported recently that the nine federally-funded non-profit groups that have monopolized all resettlement in the US for the last decade (some of them for three decades) will see their numbers diminished as the President continues reducing refugee resettlement. By becoming almost completely dependent on federal dollars, they built a house of cards. In this […]

First FY19 refugees arrive, mostly Africans distributed to 12 states

Update October 11th:  35 more came since yesterday. 21 of those were from the DR Congo. Total 108 refugees since October 1. We told you yesterday that President Trump signed the Memorandum (the Presidential Determination) capping refugee admissions for FY19 which began on October 1 at 30,000. A total of 73 were admitted yesterday in […]

Cap for refugee admissions to the US for FY19 finalized—30,000

I missed this last week and so did most everyone as official Washington was in turmoil over the Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh. The President signed the Memorandum on Thursday.  We had already reported on the expected 30,000 cap, but up until the President’s signature  on the the determination we still weren’t sure how […]

Trump has not yet signed refugee determination, therefore zero refugees being admitted to the US right now

“Whatever that number is, it will absolutely be driven principally by the capacity of my agency and the law enforcement, security, and vetting practices.”   (Francis Cissna, director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS))   Granted we are only 4 days into the month of October so things could change tomorrow or the next […]

Refugee program costs US taxpayers $125 billion over ten years

“The costs are staggering. The costs are truly staggering!”  (Don Barnett, Fellow at the Center for Immigration Studies)   I reported a few days ago on the ‘Report to Congress’ released by the US State Department as part of the consultation with Congress requirement of the Administration when determining how many refugees will be admitted […]

Monday a big day for refugee contractors, expect more stories like these….

What is Monday?  It is the beginning of the federal fiscal year. It is the first day of FY19. It is the day when the writing will be on the wall for many refugee resettlement offices around the country. Why? Because in 1980 Jimmy Carter signed the Refugee Act of 1980 in to law and […]

Trump Administration to prioritize Africans in FY19 refugee admissions to US

For years we have been flying Africans to America and placing them in hundreds of US towns and cities, and President Trump’s State Department will continue that trend as its number one refugee admissions priority!       Frankly, as I said just yesterday if Africa doesn’t soon slow its population growth and get the […]

MN Rep Keith Ellison pushing for US to resettle 110,000 refugees beginning on Monday

Rep. Keith Ellison is among 50 or so Congressional members of the House Progressive Caucus who have submitted a Resolution in the House pushing for Trump to return to Obama’s proposed 110,000 ceiling for refugees to be admitted to the US in the coming fiscal year. The story is at the Minnesota Sun entitled: Keith […]

Daily Beast: Trump refugee admission reduction results in collateral damage to government contractors

No kidding! I have to steel myself to write AGAIN about the issue of the President’s legal right to set the annual CAP (aka ceiling) for the number of refugees to be invited to the US to become your new neighbors.  But, I know how important repetition (to the point of wanting to barf) is! […]

State Department: 30,000 refugee cap for FY19 may not be final number!

We too were surprised when Secretary of State Pompeo announced a cap of 30,000 refugees to be admitted to the US in FY19 which begins in nine days. Although as we have chronicled over the years, the State Department and Congress have played loosey-goosey with the required “consultation” between the branches over the refugee numbers […]