With each passing month that the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) continues to break the law and not send an Annual Report to Congress it sends a clear message— they are hiding something.
The ORR is now two years behind having only produced Annual Reports up to fiscal year 2007, here.
This is the law:
Section 413(a) of the Immigration and Nationalities Act states:
Sec. 413. [8 U.S.C. 1523] (a) The Secretary, shall submit a report on activities under this chapter to the Committees on the Judiciary of the House of Representatives and of the Senate not later than the January 31 following the end of each fiscal year, beginning with fiscal year 1980.
So, in just a few weeks, on January 31st, ORR will be behind three Annual Reports. They already have broken the law for FY 2008, FY 2009 and soon they will be due the FY 2010 report!
What are they hiding? My guess is that they don’t want Congress and the public to know the horrible employment rate for refugees, the increasing use of public assistance and the huge amounts of tax dollars going to the program via grants and contracts to federal contractors (here are the federal contractors, called VOLAGs*) during the great recession.
*VOLAG stands for voluntary agency which is such a joke because you are paying for the resettlment programs of many religious organizations.
Readers might want to visit our ‘where to find information’ category (we have 162 posts there!) which I just now revisited for some information. We have quite a bit of good material posted.