Reform suggestion #4: Get rid of the entire refugee resettlement program

Two weeks ago we asked readers for their suggestions for reforming the Refugee Resettlement Program of the US State Department.  Today we heard from reader Paul Nachman of  Bozeman, Montana who suggests doing away with it altogether. 

Ryan Mauro wrote a brief article, appearing today in FrontPage Magazine, about the wonderfulness of having Somalis in Tennessee. Near its conclusion he wrote:

These issues, of course, do not mean that all Somali immigrants are problems, but it is clear that the government needs to find better ways to assimilate those who travel to the U.S. in large numbers as refugees.

I think the logical solution is to end immigration of Somalis and deport those who aren’t yet citizens.

Maybe my suggestion will surprise people, but why shouldn’t we be thinking along the line I suggest? Our basic question should be: Does their (or any immigrants’) presence do the U.S. any good? If not (and generally one’s answer, after thinking about it, will be “No”), then why permit their immigration in the first place?

There’s an even more basic question out there: What is the purpose of the United States? The answer is “To benefit the citizens of the United States.” Authority for this conclusion is found in the Preamble to the Constitution, where it says “.. to ensure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity …” So the benefit to our citizens should be the starting point for all U.S. laws, including immigration laws. (This doesn’t mean we should run roughshod over the rest of the world. But **benefits** to the rest of the world should be decidedly secondary or tertiary motives.)

Some folks will probably come back with pleadings about “refugees.” Please don’t. I put the word in quotation marks for a reason: Back in 2003, I had an in-person conversation with Prof. Jan Ting of Temple University Law School. Upon learning that he’d been Assistant Commissioner of the INS during the senior Bush’s presidency, I asked him, “Is it true that 90% of all refugee and asylum cases are fraudulent?” Without missing a beat he replied, “95%.”

Let’s think outside the box of cliches and slogans: It’s time to shut down the refugee program in its entirety. The few people who really need refuge or asylum can be handled on a case-by-case basis. As it stands now, “refugees” and “asylees” are almost entirely gamers of our immigration system, using a back-door route to get legal U.S. presence.

There’s plenty more to be said on that subject … writings at by Thomas Allen, Roy Beck’s book The Case Against Immigration, various articles at the Center for Immigration Studies web site by Don Barnett, Mark Krikorian’s recent book The New Case Against Immigration: Both Legal and Illegal …

The federal contractors responsible for resettling refugees want reform too—but their idea of reform is more taxpayer money and a speedier arrival of refugees.  Please send us your ideas.   Write to

More evidence of a connection between Rohingya and Islamic terrorism

This is a follow-up to a couple of my previous posts (especially this one) in our Rohingya Reports category (72 posts!) and probably only will hold interest for readers who have been diehard followers of the Rohingya issue.   To make a long story short, this ethnic group—Burmese Muslim Rohingya—is agitating with help from their friends in the NGO community to be resettled in the West.  As far as we know, they are not officially in the US (yet!).  I suspect, however, that some have come in with the Karen Christians*.    They have begun to be officially resettled in the UK and Canada.

This is from the Daily Star in Dhaka (the Capital of Bangladesh).  The Daily Star says it is “journalism without fear or favor.”

Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) had close links with Rohingya Solidarity Organisation (RSO), an insurgent group in the Arakan state of Myanmar, JMB’s explosives expert ‘Boma’ Mizan revealed in interrogations.

Sources close to Rab interrogators said Mizan and some other JMB operatives received training from RSO arms experts in a camp near Myanmar border in 2002.

Now executed JMB chief Shaekh Abdur Rahman sent them for the training. In exchange for the firearms lessons, JMB trained Rohingyas to improvise and set off bombs.

Harkat-ul-Jihad-al Islami (Huji) Bangladesh, another outlawed Islamist outfit, too had strong connections with RSO. 


Lately, some individuals claiming to be former Huji men told this correspondent that in the late 80s and 90s many of their fellow operatives took arms training from Rohingya rebels.


Sources said Huji took RSO help also in securing weapons and funds. The Rohingyan group had extensive supplies of arms, and for funds it would count on a number of Muslim-majority countries especially those in the Middle East.

* We have resettled 8,149 Burmese refugees this fiscal year already (that is from Oct. 1, 2008-April 30, 2009).  That number is second only to the number of Iraqis resettled in that time period (9,581).  We have heard from sources that “Burmese Muslims” were getting into Karen Christian camps and getting into the US.